Directed by: Jang Joon-hwan (장준환)
Starring: Kim Yun-suk (김윤석), Ha Jeong-woo (하정우), Yu Hye-jin (유해진), Kim Tae-ree (김태리), Park Hee-soon (박희순), Lee Hee-jun (이희준)
The Film: In January of 1987, a 22-year-old university student being questioned by police dies. Under the leadership of Director Park (Kim Yun-suk), the police call for the body to be cremated. However, Prosecutor Choi (Ha Jeong-woo), who was on duty the day of the student’s death, refuses and calls for an autopsy. The police continue to insist that the death was the result of a simple case of shock, but evidence collected at the scene as well as findings from the autopsy indicate torture.
Reporter Yoon (Lee Hee-jun), who is covering the case, reports that the student drowned from water torture. In response and with pressure from the vice president, Director Park arrests two detectives including Detective Jo (Park Hee-soon) to put a close to the incident. While in prison, prison guard Han Byeong-yong (Yu Hye-jin) learns the truth about the incident from Detective Jo while he is imprisoned. To get the truth to an outsider, Han writes a letter to his niece Yeon-hee (Kim Tae-ree) asking for a dangerous favor…
One person dies, and everything begins to change.
This was the hottest story of 1987.
Jang Joon-hwan, the director of possibly my favorite Korean film of all time, Save The Green Planet! (2003), is back with his third feature film! Lead actor Kim Yun-suk starred in the director’s previous film, Hwayi: A Monster Boy (2013); and Kim Tae-ree will make her first appearance after her breakout performance in in Park Chan-wook’s The Handmaiden (2016), who happens to be on the same bill again with veteran Ha Jeong-woo (Assassination, 2015; Chaser, 2008). Ha Jeong-woo can be seen on many screens this holiday season as his Along With the Gods (2o17) was released just last week!
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