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Private Eye

General info
Original title: Geu-Rim-Ja Sal-in (공중곡예사 / 그림자 살인)
Country: South Korea
Year: 2009
IMDB Rating: 6.8 131 votes
Plot: Seoul, 1910. HONG Jin-ho, who will become Joseon’s first detective, travels around solving trivial family disputes for pocket money as a private detective. However, he is determined to go to America someday and is saving up for the trip. Then one night, Gwang-soo, a medical physician in training, discovers a corpse in the woods and secretly takes it to practice dissecting. But the corpse turns out to be the son of Seoul’s most powerful man. While planning to flee in the middle of the night and afraid of murder accusations, Gwang-soo meets Jin-ho, and asks him to find the killer. When another corpse turns up in the woods, murdered in the same way as the first victim, Jin-ho and Gwang-soo use a piece of cloth they find in the victim’s hand as the lead they need to bring them one step closer to the real killer.
Movie info
Language: Korean, Japanese
Colormode: Color
Running time: 111

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Tags: Private Eye, Geu-Rim-Ja Sal-in, 2009, Korean movies, Crime movies, Mystery movies, Thriller movies, asian movies

Featured reviews for

Private Eye
(overall rating: 4.7 out of 5 based on 2 reviews)
Twitch, by Jon Pais source:
«Korean films are notorious for mixing up genres, and when it works, the results can be quite devastating. But when it doesn’t, as in this film, it just ends up being a confusing mess.»
Lunapark6, by RamenLover source:
«The movie itself likely won’t be remembered for its storyline as the story is fairly pedestrian and offers little in genuine mystery or suspense. What “Private Eye” does offer is two standout performances by its male leads to always keep you engaged.», by Djuna (translated by ye-jung) source:
«In other words, the screenplay was not very well thought out. The film doesn't have much mystery in it. There's no foreshadowing that lasts more than ten minutes, and most clues are explained away in the very next sequence. ... The film attempts to cover up gaping holes in the story and characters with action scenes, but those aren't so well-crafted either. The chase scene between Hong and a mysterious pursuer is a glaring example.», by JAMES MUDGE source:
«“Private Eye” is the kind of film which offers viewers the best of both worlds, working well both as a fairly straightforward and entertaining popcorn hit, and as a well crafted and tough thriller. Slickly directed, its period setting helps it to stand out from the recent rush of other noir-themed films, as does Hwang Jung Min’s charismatic lead performance, making it a highly enjoyable and occasionally quite suspenseful thriller.»

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Dae-Min, ParkDAE-MIN Park


Hwang, Jeong-MinHWANG Jeong-Min
as Hong Jin-ho
Oh, Dal-SuOH Dal-Su
as Oh Yeong-dal
Ryu, Deok-HwanRYU Deok-Hwan
as Medical Student
Uhm, Ji-WonUHM Ji-Won
as Woman Inventor
Yun, Je-MunYUN Je-Mun
Kim, Eung-SuKIM Eung-Su


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