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The Last Witness (흑수선)

흑수선 (heuk-su-seon)

Directed by Bae Chang-ho (배창호)

Screenplay by

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106min | Release date in South Korea :

The corpse of an old man is found floating down the Han River. It is the corpse of a man named Yang Dal-soo. Detective Oh, while investigating the murder case, comes across several tell-tale clues: metal framed glasses specially manufactured in Japan, the letters 'Daeryang' printed on a torn-up business card, as well as two photographs found in Yang Dal-soo's home. Oh goes to Ok-Cheon Elementary School where Yang's pictures were taken. While investigating, he finds a diary written long ago by Sohn Ji-hye and discovers the unbelievable secret about the Geoje P.O.W. camp. Yang, whose job was to arrest prisoners who attempted to escape during the Korean War, fell in love with Sohn and helped her escape, disappearing along with her. Hwang Seok who had been in love with Sohn, was put in prison and served a 50-year sentence for refusing to convert from communism. Coincidentally, his release was just one day before Yang was murdered. Then Kim Jeong-yeop, another security guard at the camp who worked in the same capacity as Yang, was also found murdered. The owner of the metal-framed glasses is revealed to be Maeda Shintaro, a Japanese businessman. Detective Oh finds out that Maeda has another identity, Han Dong-joo who was reported shot after trying to escape from the camp. As Han is found to have visited Korea at the same time as Yang's death, he becomes the prime suspect in the case.

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  • [Hancinema Film Review] "Road"

    Bae Chang-ho's penultimate film to date was one that he actually wanted to do, after a somewhat failed effort to return to mainstream cinema with "The Last Witness". With him in the protagonist role, and also as a writer-director, Bae Chang-ho had complete artistic command of the production, which ended up being a story that he wanted to tell, in the way he wanted to tell it, and in the distinct style of his second phase of filmmaking, which focused more on realism, through a genuine dramatic approach,...More
  • [Hancinema's Film Review] "The Last Witness"

    Based on the homonymous, and quite successful novel by Kim Seong-jong, including elements of crime thriller with a historic twist about North Korean POWs, and featuring a big budget and an impressive cast headed by Lee Jung-jae and Ahn Sung-ki, "The Last Witness" had all the elements to become a masterpiece. Let us see if it succeeded though,...More
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    2006/04/17, Source
    Viewers may find this a 'three-hankie' film

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    "Last Present" (2001) is a tragic romance so manipulative that you can almost hear its cogwheels and pulleys clicking and whirring like a well-oiled machine.,...
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    2006/02/10, Source
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    Let's get this straight. The movie "Vampire Cop Ricky" is not what you'd expect. It's about 40 degrees off from what you're imagining, with less laughter and more seriousness.

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    2006/01/06, Source
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 Produced by
 Jeong Tae-won (정태원)
Cinema Service (시네마서비스)
 Jung Doo-hong (정두홍)
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106 min 35mm Cinemascope (2.35)
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Airing dates : 2001/11/16

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