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Confession of Murder (a J!-ENT Blu-ray Disc Review)

April 20, 2014 by  



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“Confession of Murder” is a fantastic action thriller from Korea and a film that is one hell of a wild roller coaster ride with many twist and turns that will keep you captivated from beginning to end.  For a debut feature film for Byeong-gil Jeong, “Confession of Murder” is an awesome film that I recommend!

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TITLE: Confession of Murder

FILM RELEASE: 2012

DURATION: 120Minutes

BLU-RAY DISC INFORMATION: 1080p High Definition, 16:9 Widescreen, Korean 5.1 DTS-HD MA, Korean Stereo, Subtitles: English

COMPANY: Well Go USA Entertainment

RATED: Not Rated

Release Date: April 15, 2014

Written and Directed by Byeong-gil Jeong

Produced by Won-suk Jang

Executive Producer: Jeong-hun You

Music by Kim Woo-Geun

Cinematography by Gi-tae Kim

Edited by Na-young Nam

Production Design by Hong-sam Yang

Costume Design by Kyung-hwa Chae

Starring:

Jae-yeong Jeong as Detective Choi

Eun-ji Jo as Gang-Sook

Yeong-ae Kim as Han Ji-Soo

Shi-hoo Park as Lee Du-Sok

Ji-a Min as Kang Soo-Yeon

Gwang Jang as Bureau Chief

Wong-Young Choi as Jung Tae-suk

In Korea, murder has a statute of limitations and the time is up on a series of brutal slayings that left Lt. Choi (Jae-yeong Jeong) a broken and obsessed man, with a scarred face from their one encounter. Now, a handsome and beguiling young man has come forward, taking credit for the crimes. As the confessed-killer woos media and wins fans, Choi s rage spins out of control. Is he the killer? Can justice ever be served? And who is the mysterious J, who claims the author may not be the killer after all?

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From Byeong-gil Jeong, the director of the documentary “Action Boys” comes a live-action thriller titled “Confession of Murder”.

Starring Jae-yeong Jeong (“Battle Ground 625”, “Silmido”) and Shi-hoo Park (“Iljimae”, “Family’s Honor”, “Cheongdam-dong Alice”), the film was released in the US on Blu-ray and DVD in April 2014 courtesy of Well Go USA Entertainment.

“Confession of Murder” begins with Detective Choi (portrayed by Jae-yeong Jeong) going after a serial killer who has murdered women from 1986-1990.  While Choi nearly catches him and shoots the criminal in the shoulder, the criminal escapes by stabbing the detective.  But instead of killing him, he slashes his mouth, leaving a scar.

Fast forward 15 years later and it is 2005.  Detective Choi has become an alcoholic still suffering from failing to capture the killer.  Because it has been 15-years since the murders of 10 individuals and one body that has yet to be found, with the 15-year statute of limitations, the serial killer can not be charged of his crimes.

On the day of the 15-year statute of limitations, Hyun-sik Jung (portrayed by Ryoo Je-seung) commits suicide by jumping off a building while Choi tried to stop him.

Flashforward to 2007 and out of nowhere, a man named Doo-seok Lee (portrayed by Shi-hoo Park) emerges with a brand new book titled “I am the Murderer” confessing to the murders of the ten individuals.  In fact, his book features detailed information of the murders including the bullet on his shoulder that Detective Choi shot him many years ago.

Because of Doo-seok Lee’s charismatic looks, he begins to have many female admirers and despite the murders he has committed, he has become a celebrity that many are willing to forgo his crimes.  And as Doo-seok Lee wants to beg forgiveness from the families of the victims, these families are plotting to kill Doo-seok Lee.

But what happens when Detective Choi must protect the man that he had tried to capture many years ago.  Meanwhile, out of nowhere, Detective Choi receives another call, a man called “J” who claims he is responsible for the murders.

Who is the real killer?  And will Detective Choi and the families get justice despite the 15-year statute of limitations?

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VIDEO:

“Confession of Murder” is presented in 1080p High Definition (2:35:1 aspect ratio).  Shot digitally, the film looks fantastic with great clarity and detail.  Colors are typically more towards earthy colors and a switch to cooler colors but I didn’t notice any banding, artifacts or any significant picture quality issues.

AUDIO & SUBTITLES:

“Confession of Murder” is presented in Korean DTS Master Audio 5.1 and stereo.  As one can expect from a film full of action, there is great use of the surround channels.  Dialogue is crystal clear and for the most part, this is a very active lossless soundtrack.

Subtitles are in English.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“Confession of Murder” comes with the following special features:

  • Behind-the-Scenes – (4:59) A very short behind-the-scenes featurette with interviews with the cast.
  • Trailer – Theatrical trailer for “Confession of Murder”.

EXTRAS:

“Confessions of Murder” comes with a slipcover.

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An exhilarating thriller from beginning to end, Byeong-gil Jeong’s “Confession of a Murder” has so many twists and turns, it’s one hell of a wild ride and so worth it!

“Confession of a Murder” may start out like a banal storyline of a detective’s missed opportunity of catching a serial killer but then the opportunity arises once again, but due to the 15-year statute of limitation, the serial killer can return.

And sure enough, the killer comes out of the woodwork, writes a multi-million selling novel about his crimes and because he’s charismatic and fashionable, he becomes a celebrity despite the horror of his crimes.

And while the film does have an over-the-top kidnap attempt by the victim’s families who want nothing but revenge against the killer, it’s what happens afterward that turns the film from being over-the-top to a wild thriller with its twists and turns, but what fuels the persistence of Detective Choi and others of wanting to send the killer behind bars.

The storyline was no doubt well-paced to the very end and the performances by Jae-yeong Jeong, Shi-hoo Park and others were wonderful, but it’s what this film consists of, may it be emotional drama, hardcore action, “Confession of Murder” delivers!

And possibly what is most surprising is that this is the first feature film for writer/director Byeong-gil Jeong.  His previous film “Action Boys” was a documentary but given the opportunity, there is no doubt that there is potential with this writer/director for even bigger things and I look forward to seeing more films directed by him.

As for the Blu-ray, picture quality is very good and the lossless soundtrack is immersive during the more action-intense sequences.  While special features has your usual short behind-the-scenes featurette and trailer.

Overall, “Confession of Murder” is a fantastic action thriller from Korea and a film that is one hell of a wild roller coaster ride with many twist and turns that will keep you captivated from beginning to end.  For a debut feature film for Byeong-gil Jeong, “Confession of Murder” is an awesome film that I recommend!

 

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