After the statute of limitation expires on the murders he has committed, Lee Du-seok publishes an autobiography describing all his murders in great detail. Detective Choi, who investigated Lee’s murders 15 years ago starts the chase once again and Han Ji-soo, who lost her daughter to Lee, pledges vengeance. Meanwhile, another killer appears, casting doubt to whether Lee is the real serial killer. The key here is how well the story juggles the truth and how solid the description of the characters’ tangled relationships is.
For a while now, South Koreans have been kicking our ass in the thriller department. Maybe it’s something in the water over there, but every year there’s another intelligent revenge thriller that crosses over to the U.S. and makes us look like unoriginal hacks. They’re typically dark, violent, and overly theatrical as well. But despite the similar tones and content, they never feel formulaic. The latest export is writer/director Jeong Byeong-Gil’s Confession of Murder – a confident cop vs. killer film that contains some of the most spectacular chase scenes of the year and a plot that twists more than a school dance in the ’60s.
This is Byeong-Gil’s second feature and first narrative film – the previous being the documentary Action Boys that profiled Korean stuntmen. A minute into Confession of Murder, the director shows his stunt work proficiency by staging a dizzying foot chase through various urban obstacles. Seriously, this film hits the ground running. You barely have time to settle into your seat before a cop is getting judo-flipped into a fish tank. If the sign of a boring movie is an opening-helicopter shot, then the sign of a righteous one is an opening-guy getting flipped into a fish tank. READ MORE