Phantom Detective

Phantom Detective (2016)

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Hong Gil Dong possesses an extraordinary memory and also has an unique personality. He works as a private detective with a 100% success rate. While tracking down the only person he has difficulties in finding, Hong Gil Dong becomes involved in a major case.

  • Native title:

    탐정 홍길동: 사라진 마을
  • Also Known as:

    Detective Hong Gil Dong; MyeongTamJeong HongGilDong; 명탐정 홍길동

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Bonni
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Nov 15, 2016
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.5
  • Music 8.5
  • Rewatch Value 9.0
Aesthetically pleasing to the eye, (Hong Gil Dong played by Lee Je Hoon) and the movie are definitely worth a watch! For me, it reminded me strangely of a beautiful version of Batman. Hong Gil Dong's mysterious past unfolds as the story goes on to a soundtrack that will keep you on the edge of your toes. If you like any action kmovie then this is definitely worth a watch.
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LeiJiChoi
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16 days ago
  • Overall 8.5
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 7.0
As a fan of crime and detective stories, I expected this movie to be dark and sullen. Since I've never seen the trailer beforehand, seeing its overall feel from its first few scenes was something unexpected.
It may have evoked the dark and miserable noir-like mood of Sin City but the genre is contrary to its visual aesthetic. The story is quite light, warmhearted and "cute" beyond belief. I would have categorized read more this in the family genre, but the excessive use of guns at the end crosses it out of that list.
Lee Jee Hoon's acting intensity was not as strong as Kim Sung Kyun but if the intention was to keep the protagonist still lovable despite his sad and dark past, I'd say his performance was jjang! And how can I forget the smarty pants Kim Ha Na(Mal Soon), who shook the protagonist milieu? Her little ways to antagonize Hong Gil Dong was finger cringing and amusing.
Overall, this movie is surprisingly worth watching, especially this holiday season. A time when I want to feel all warm, happy and fluffy. *dreamy
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    rheabiel 8 days ago - edited

    As much as I adore Lee Je Hoon, this drama bores me, I fell asleep a couple of times honestly.

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      SugarOverload 8 days ago

      I agree. I hope there are more project with better plot for Lee Je Hoon in the future. I wish to see more of him.

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    bmore 11 days ago

    hmmm...I'm out of the loop on this one. I am a big fan of Sin City and have watched it several times. I won't watch this again. Was it my mood? I don't know but I just could not build a connection with the story on this one. Love the actors, Le Je Hoon is a big favorite and him being in anything means I'll be watching. The kids were adorable. And Kim Sung Kyun was scary bad. But the actual story was just ho hum for me. It felt disconnected or choppy or something. From the first moment I just could not get interested in what was going on and kept pausing and coming back to finish. Nice to look at for sure, tho the cinematography doesn't compare with Sin City, it was still good.

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    Bae 17 days ago

    This movie is so great! I loved the children especially Mal Soon *^* she was just soooo cute omg

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    Maria 17 days ago

    Excellent! I loved it!

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    Meeno 20 days ago

    so worth the watch..recommended

    quirky but oh so much fun

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    Asianfireflies 29 days ago

    great movie and interesting storyline..child actors are so cute

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    shoetsukiyama Nov 28, 2016

    Finished it some time ago, but til now I can't forget how beautiful this movie was! Super underrated, I love the setting so much! The effects were great as well, it really looked like a movie that came straight from a manga ;; Been following Lee Je Hoon since his BL film "Just Friends?" hehe ;;

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    LunaMoon Nov 24, 2016

    What a great movie! Made me laugh and cry. The kids did really a good job.

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    GrounddZerro Nov 13, 2016 - edited

    Great Movie! The set sort of reminded me of Lemony Snicket's A series of Unfortunate Events.

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      shoetsukiyama Nov 16, 2016

      Haven't watched it but your comment caught my eye! I loved Lee Je Hoon in Signal, and now with this comment, I'm looking forward to it more hehe

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    WinterGale Nov 13, 2016

    This is very underrated! I soo love the flavor of it! Highly Recommended!

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    BrightestStar Nov 12, 2016 - edited

    Great watch! I just never get tired of those types of "Noir-50s?-narrated by the hero" type of detective movie. It really felt like one of those detective movies of the wild west :D

    ps. that ending scene, I wasn't too sure who I would've rooted for :P

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      Panda Nov 13, 2016

      It felt like sin city

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    DragonAlien Nov 11, 2016 - edited

    Amazing movie. LJH and the girls- friendship goal. ♥
    p.s. That cameo at the end..♥♥

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    Panda Nov 11, 2016

    Great movie lovely picture and quality

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    XingBack Nov 10, 2016 - edited

    the synopsis doesn't really explain the movie, so this was completely different from what I expected, and I loved it... it had beautiful graphics -that made it look like a comic book- the settings and costumes were perfect... it was a great story with great acting, from the main actors to the supporting roles, everyone did a great job... the kids were really adorable, and Lee Je Hoon played such a complex character so well...
    This has been added to my favorite movies, and I hope they make a sequel....
    The kids are not mentioned in the cast, I was hopping to know more about them...
    EDIT: for a second when Kang Sung Il's glasses turned white like an anime plus the graphics, I thought: they're in a comic! but then it turned out I was just too influenced by W ;p

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    Wendox Nov 8, 2016
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  • Country:

    South Korea
  • Type:

    Movie
  • Release Date:

    May 4, 2016
  • Duration:

    2 hr. 2 min.

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