Confession of a Murder (2012) – By Duane L. Martin

Fifteen years ago, a serial killer who called himself J killed ten women in South Korea and slashed the face of the cop who was chasing him down. Now, fifteen years later, just as the statute of limitations expired, a man claiming to be the infamous killer comes out and exposes himself to the world, releasing a book with the details of all ten murders and claiming to want to make amends for his past crimes…but is he the real killer?

Lieutenant Choi Hyung-gu was the cop who got his face slashed, and he knows there’s more to the supposed killer, Lee Doo-suk than meets the eye. Also, as it turns out, there was an eleventh murder that they could pin on the killer if they could just find the body.

Lee Doo-suk becomes an instant mega celebrity because of his youthful good looks and his charm. His book sells three million copies in the first month, but Lt. Choi isn’t the only one who’s on his case. The families of some of the victims have teamed up and are trying to kill him, and there’s another mysterious man who claims to be the real killer. Who’s the real killer, and will Lt. Choi or the victims’ families be able to bring him down before it’s too late? You’ll have to watch the film to find out.

Once again, a movie that I thought was going to be a bore turned out to be just insanely good. There’s a great mystery surrounding Lee Doo-suk throughout most of the film that I won’t get into here because it would give too much away. It’s frustrating because to really explain how awesome this film is, I’d have to give away key points of the plot, and to do that would ruin the film for people who haven’t seen it yet. So what does that leave me to talk about? Well…

The action sequences in this film are just absolutely insane. In one scene, after some of the victims’ family members kidnap Lee Do-suk and haul him away in an ambulance, they’re being chased by both Lt. Choi and Lee’s bodyguards. During the car chase, Lee escapes from the back of the ambulance, which leads to an extended fight scene between he and one of the kidnappers that takes place on more than one vehicle as they race down the freeway. It’s an unbelievably well done and well shot sequence that will have your butt puckering the entire time as you wait in breathless anticipation for someone to fall to their death. Another scene later in the film has Choi chasing down the killer, first in his car, and then in the huge truck that plowed into his car at high speed and sent it rolling along the pavement. Oh, and did I mention the killer was on a scooter? That is, he was until Choi rammed him and the guy ended up hanging on to the front bumper. The fight escalated from there.

The whole cast of the film was excellent as well. Jae-yeong Jeong was perfect as the brooding cop with the scar on his face, and Shi-hoo Park was stylish and smooth as the man who claimed to be the killer. The man who disputed Lee’s claims and claimed to be the real killer (unfortunately I was unable to locate his name), was just an absolute creep.

For bonus features, this new release from Well Go USA includes a behind the scenes featurette, interviews and the film’s trailer.

Even if you’re not big on crime thrillers, do yourself a favor and check this one out. It’s an incredibly well written film full of action, great performances and a mystery that will have you guessing right up until the end of the film.

If you’d like to find out more about this film, check out its page on the Well Go USA website here, and if you’d like to pick up a copy for yourself, you can get the blu-ray or DVD from Amazon or from any of the other usual outlets.