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Confession of Murder ("Naega Salinbeomida")

Canadian Premiere
  • South Korea
  • 2012
  • 119 mins
  • DCP
  • Korean
  • English (subtitles)

A serial killer terrorized South Korea in 1990, taking the lives of ten women. In a hair-raising chase through the side streets of Seoul, Detective Choi came so very close to apprehending the murderer, but his quarry escaped by a hair’s breadth, leaving the cop with a facial scar. Because Choi never resolved the case before the 15-year statute of limitations expired, the file was finally closed.

It’s now two years since the statute expired, and Choi has since watched a victim’s family member take their own life before his eyes. An outrageous media moment is unfolding, much to the chagrin of Cho, still consumed by his desire for vengeance. Lee Du-seok’s “I Am the Killer”, a confession in book form, is generating instant massive buzz. Handsome and well-spoken, Lee is an immediate sensation, a magnet for the attentions of the media and lovestruck ladies. And of course for Choi, who is determined to see justice be done, one way or another. At the same time, a group of victims’ relatives — including a snake handler, a crossbow expert and a lover of knives — are secretly assembling to plot their own revenge.

From its very first moments, CONFESSION OF MURDER shows what it’s made of with a thrilling pursuit punctuated by fierce fighting — getting you on the edge of your seat from the get-go. Few films of the last decade have proven so outrageously entertaining as this over-the-top mix of action, humour and dynamite suspense. Imagine the visceral duel of THE CHASER blended with the collective vendetta of LADY VENGEANCE, throw in a mind-blowing scene up there with the highway fight from MATRIX RELOADED and a sharp critique of the media’s misdoings worthy of Denys Arcand’s STARDOM and you’ll have an idea of the gripping experience awaiting you here. Those who caught Fantasia’s screenings of GOING BY THE BOOK and CASTAWAY ON THE MOON will be happy to see Jung Jae-young as the battered, cynical antihero cop Choi, as the actor shows off his knack for both smoldering intensity and understated comic timing in his caustic delivery. Tight in its tempo and packed with surprises, CONFESSION OF MURDER is tailor-made to ignite excitement in the Fantasia crowd!

— Nicolas Archambault