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  • Movie: Phantom Detective
  • Country: South Korea
  • Duration: 2 hr. 2 min.
  • Rating: 15+ Restricted (violence & profanity)


  • Score: 8.2 (scored by 602 users)
  • Ranked: #558
  • Popularity: #1381
  • Members: 1,681

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Phantom Detective (2016)

Your Rating: 0/10
Ratings: 8.2/10 from 602 users
# of Members: 1,681
Reviews: 2 users
Ranked #558
Popularity #1381
Members 602

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;Tamjeong Hong Gil Dong: Sarajin Maeul;Detective Hong Gil Dong: Lost Town
  • Screenwriter & Directors: Jo Sung Hee
  • Genres: Action, Drama, Detective
  • Country: South Korea
  • Type: Movie
  • Release Date: May 4, 2016
  • Duration: 2 hr. 2 min.
  • Score: 8.2 (scored by 602 users)
  • Ranked: #558
  • Popularity: #1381
  • Rating: 15+ Restricted (violence & profanity)

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6 people found this review helpful
Nov 16, 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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5 people found this review helpful
Jan 1, 2017
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 either dark or sullen. Since I have not seen the trailer beforehand nor read its synopsis, I was visibly perplexed. But within 6 minutes, a splash of graphic novel and a grinning Gil Dong eventually revealed its offbeat vibe.
The film may evoke a dark and miserable noir-like mood of Sin City but the genre is contrary to its visual aesthetic. It's quite light, warmhearted and "cute" beyond belief. I would have categorized 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 solitary 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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