The Case of Itaewon Homicide

The Case of Itaewon Homicide (2009)

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A college student, Jo Jong Pil is found stabbed to death in the restroom of a fast food restaurant in Iteawon, South Korea. Two Korean-Americans, Robert J. Pearson and Alex, are known to have gone into the bathroom after Jong Pil and become prime suspects. The prosecution must now determine which of the two committed the crime. **Based on a true Story**

  • Native title:

    이태원 살인사건
  • Also Known as:

    Where the Truth Lies ; Itaewon Salinsageon

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Dec 22, 2012
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 10
Based on a true tale, 'The Case of Itaewon Homicide' is a chilling movie. It is so realistic and well-made that you would want to believe that it's the real footage of the whole case that you're watching. Why the hell didn't I watch this sooner? It was so engrossing that I didn't even move for its entire duration. I was almost biting my nails all the way through the end.

This read more movie has no romance and happy moments in it. It is tense when it begins and remains that way till the end. The direction of this movie is absolutely brilliant and the writing is top notch. The supporting cast was probably not as good as the main leads but both Jang Geun Suk and Jeong Jin Yeong were terrific in their performances. Jang Geun Suk was creepy and hot at the same time in this movie. This has to be his best performance till date.

Overall, it delivered excellently. In spite of being tragic and having a dark theme, it made me smile several times. There were great arguments and defenses put forth while the oppositions accused each other. It was IMPOSSIBLE to figure out the answer. I admire the prosecutors and defendants. I think we almost always forget how difficult their profession is and this movie reminds you just that.

I googled and was surprised to find out that after this came out, the victim's families actually appealed for a re-trial of the case. I can see why. It does provoke that thought in you. Kudos to the director!

I will most definitely watch this movie again because it was so enjoyable. It also has great score in the background. It has never a dull moment and remains consistent. Give this a try if it sounds like it's the genre for you. I totally one hundred percent recommend it.
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Apr 17, 2014
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 8.0
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 6.0
Since this movie is based on a real life case, I had to gain some knowledge before watching this movie.
All in all, I think the writers, producers, directors, and actors did a wonderful job in the retelling of this story. As I am aware that all movie interpretations of real life stories tend to exaggerate the story for dramatic purposes but regardless I think this movie did justice for the case. read more The case was reopened since the release of this movie and new details has surfaced along with progress of a possible conviction.

I came for Jang Geun Suk but stayed for the suspense of the outcome. The main cast, which I am calling the Korean cast, did a wonderful job and the secondary cast, which I am calling the American cast, did a good job. If I had to grade the American cast, I would give them a B- because they did a better job then any other inexperienced American actor in a Korean film or drama. This is my opinion but I will go as far as saying "Trust me, you will feel the same way"

The directional pace of the movie was on point. It grabbed your attention from the very beginning and kept it to the very end. The cinematography was dark, creepy and emotional. I don't have anything bad to say about this movie. It's a must see especially if you want to see Jang Geun Suk play out of his usual character. It took me a moment to get use to seeing him in some cornrows (braids) and speaking English but he was HAWT nonetheless :)

Also if you are wondering why I scored a 7 on the music score and 6 on rewatch value, it's only because I don't remember the score because I was to involved with the movie and I rarely rewatch movies unless a few years go by.

The only complaint I do have is since there are new changes to the case there should be an addendum to the ending credits. If there is a re-release of a DVD version, then I stand corrected.
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    bmore Oct 21, 2016

    Well, one of them did it and that is all this movie tells us. And subsequent events notwithstanding, that's all anyone can probably really say even now that the verdicts were reversed. This movie does nothing as far as telling us who really did it. I would love to read about the actual forensic science used to rework this case. And what kind of DNA evidence was used to reverse the verdict? I've searched on the internet and can't find any really detailed analysis of what the smoking gun DNA evidence was that caused his conviction. It's a twisty tale and the best thing out of this movie was calling attention to the case to get it reinvestigated. But. The loss of one guilty party and having all your hard work overthrown must have been a real slap in the face. How much did that play into subsequent events? It had to be imperative to convict someone for this? Very interesting and a lot of questions remain for me. I hope the right guy is now in jail and that the evidence they had was irrefutable. Noteworthy that the subsequent Korean investigation verified what the original American investigation stated happened, despite the fact that the Korean authorities discounted it in the first trial. P.S.--absolutely stunning to me that there are people determining which guy was guilty based on which actor was more smarmy and smirked better at the end of the movie than the other. Really?

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    Dia Sep 28, 2016

    I really want to know who is the murderer

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    Syranus May 16, 2016

    Intriguing and brain-twister. I'm definitely gonna watch it again to understand it more clearly.
    Overall Rating: 8.5/10

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    nayosh Jul 1, 2014

    so frustrated

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    ami10 Mar 23, 2014

    I loved that the movie helped in re-opening the case, it shows somehow that the cinema industry can have a good impact on the society.

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    TeamTaeYeon Feb 12, 2014

    where can i watch this?? :))

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    Jamira_dramaGAL Nov 25, 2013

    I am confused as to how Pearson speaking Korean made any difference? Also I want to know why the DA Park helped Pearson?
    Either way I think the movie was brilliant but they should have focused a bit more on the obstacles they during the investigation. And Geun Suk was brilliant <3

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    Syrus23 Sep 14, 2013

    Somehow I only hear swearing in the English dialogue.

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    Destati13 Jul 12, 2013

    This movie really kept me on the edge of my seat, I couldn't turn my attention away from it. The actors all did a really good job on their roles. Knowing this was based on a true story makes me really sad though, I feel so bad for the victim and his family..

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    BB26 Jun 21, 2013

    My whole reaction in the end...: Well Jang Geun Seuk was hot as always and for the rest .... OK -.-

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    maryyaam Jun 11, 2013

    If you want the truth about the REAL Itaewon Homicide the comment below.

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    maryyaam Jun 11, 2013
    Reveal Spoiler »
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    Raincat Jun 11, 2013

    Movie worth of your time! Good acting, splendid script, great directing.

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    setareh-2000 May 24, 2013

    he is very veryyyyyyyyyyyyyy beautiful!!!!!!!I love suk!!!!!!!!

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    animefayinc Mar 23, 2013

    ... How the heck I managed to miss a crime movie with both Jang Geun Suk AND Song Joong Ki in it... I do not know. But I will correct that mistake soon enough Q-Q


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    South Korea
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  • Release Date:

    Sep 11, 2009
  • Duration:

    1 hr. 40 min.


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