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Case of Itaewon Homicide, The

General info
Original title: Itaewon Salinsageon (이태원 살인사건)
Country: South Korea
Year: 2009
Genre: Thriller
Plot: In 1997, a young man was killed at the bathroom of a burger restaurant in Seoul's Itaewon district located right near U.S. military base. An innocent college student was stabbed nine times to death in the chest and neck. Korean-American teenagers Pearson and Alex were the prime suspects in custody for the murder. Each blamed the other for the horrific crime and the pair throw contradictory evidence at investigators, creating confusion about what actually happened and leaving prosecutor Park to try to figure out the truth.
  • With budget in $1.2 million (1.5 billion won) the movie stayed in South Korea's weekend top ten list for two weeks grossing 54 million admissions (gathering $3.5 millions (3.98 billion won)).

  • Based on the true story of the April 3, 1997 murder of college student Jung-pil Jo. The murder took place in the bathroom of Burger King in the Itaewon district of Seoul. Jung-pil Cho was stabbed 9 times in the chest and neck. The names of the murder suspects were changed for the movie. The real case was never solved. The investigation will officially close in April 2012 when the statute of limitations expires.

  • The movie naturally invites comparison with another film based on a real-life homicide that is also unresolved, 'Memories of Murder'. In that piece, director Bong Joon-ho managed to build up the suspense by adding drama.

  • 'Itaewon' is a neighborhood district in the city of Seoul, South Korea. The district is popular among tourists and U.S. Army personnel (U.S. military base Yongsan Garrison is nearby). Itaewon is known primarily for its many restaurants serving international dishes, a market selling discounted goods, bars, and popular tourist destinations like Insadong & Seoul Tower.

Movie info
Language: Korean
Colormode: Color
Running time: 100

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Tags: Case of Itaewon Homicide, Itaewon Salinsageon, 2009, Korean movies, Thriller movies, asian movies

Featured reviews for

Case of Itaewon Homicide, The
(overall rating: 1.5 out of 5 based on 2 reviews)
Twitch, by X - 6/10 source:
«This obsession with realism is very welcome, and in a way puts Where the Truth Lies in the same cinematic sphere as Running Turtle, genre cinema which banks on realism to overcome its apparent lack of excitement. But the biggest difference between this and Kim Yoon-Seok's latest tour-de-force performance lies exactly in the ingredients. If Running Turtle was helped by near perfect casting, only Jung Jin-Young really shines here, and whatever is wrong with the rest of the cast can be mostly pinpointed to lazy and/or misguided casting.»
A Nutshell Review, by Stefan S source:
«Fans of true crime stories will definitely not want to miss this, and the outcome is something quite heart-wrenching, especially when you realize that the system is out there to be manipulated by those able to, either with money, or a very determined lawyer.», by JAMES MUDGE source:
«“The Case of Itaewon Homicide” stands as a gripping, unpretentious crime drama. With the case itself being fascinating and tragic, Hong manages to keep things on the right side of exploitation, and not only entertains, but offers an intriguing look into the workings of the Korean justice system.»

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Hong, Ki-SeonHONG Ki-Seon


Jeong, Jin-YeongJEONG Jin-Yeong
as Public prosecutor Park
Jang, Geun-SeokJANG Geun-Seok
as Pearson
Shin, Seung-hwanSHIN Seung-hwan
as Alex
Oh, Kwang-RokOH Kwang-Rok
as Lawyer Kim, Alex's lawyer
Ko, Chang-SeokKO Chang-Seok
as Alex's father
Kim, Joong-kiKIM Joong-ki
as Judge
Woo SeonWOO Seon
as Detective Kim
Song, Young-ChangSONG Young-Chang
as Superintendent public prosecutor
Song, Joong-kiSONG Joong-ki
as Dead Jo Joong-pil


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