Confession of Murder
South Korean cinema is known for its wild nature, fluctuating between polar opposite tones and often featuring extreme content. While often this is in the service of something dark and altogether nasty, designed to make audiences uncomfortable at the idea of enjoying themselves, Jeong Byeong-Gil’s Confession of Murder is all about the fun. Sure, this story of a serial killer who publicly reveals himself fifteen years after he claimed his last victim and the statute of limitations has passed is filled with requisite darkness, but the film aims to entertain, and it does so with panache right from the opening sequence. It’s an action-chase scene reminiscent of the foot chase in Se7en, only longer and with way more crazy stunts and displays of martial arts.
The film follows Lt. Choi (Jung Jae-Young), who failed to catch killer Lee Du-sok (Park Shi-hoo) fifteen years earlier. Lee has now written a book about how he killed his victims, creating a publicity firestorm. In the meantime, the families of the victims attempt several plans to kidnap and kill Lee. That’s really just the setup, though. There’s so much plot it’d be a fool’s errand to summarize it all. One twist after another, with tone shifting moment-to-moment from the horrific to the comedic to the action-packed and exciting, make Confession of Murder a weird film, and even a somewhat silly one, but a total joy to watch. (Corey Atad)