Plot: Detectives Chu Ja-young (Shin Eun-Kyung) and Kim Dong-wook (Eric Moon) are investigating a string of murders involving local high school students. Scraps of a diary are found with each victim, leading the detectives to suspect the writer of the diary, a middle-school student who's suffered serious bullying. Each murder happens just as described in the so-called 'June diary', but the student is already dead...
«Fortunately “Diary of June” does other things well to compensate for its lack of sophistication with thriller plotting. Ja-young’s constantly clashing relationship with her nephew is a strong aspect of the film, as well as the topic of school bullying. The film takes a hard look at the subject, showing it in sometimes gruesome details.»
«Pacing and preachiness aside, Bystanders is a decent movie. It's not a classic, but the more dramatic aspects of the film do work well and some of the subplots, such as Ja-young's relationship with her nephew and her relationship with the mother which goes back to her own high school days do a good job of developing her character and making her interesting to the audience...»
«What makes the pic so different is its soft-pedaling of the usual cinematic mechanisms of serial-killer movies, from action sequences to grisly detail. Plot slowly fans out to touch on Ja-young's own past.»
«On top of the issues already mentioned a lot of social and moral issues are tackled. The difficulties of childrearing, what to do about bullying in school, sexism, youth suicide and the general pressures put on both parents and children in today’s competitive society.»
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