The Case of the Itaewon Homicide/Where The Truth Lies
My Score: 7.5/10
Director: Hong Ki-Seon
Summary: Based on a true case that happened in an Itaewon Burger King in 1997.
A college kid is murdered in the bathroom.
There are two suspects, but not quite enough evidence… just who did it?
Review: This is a really good movie if you like crime mysteries, or intrigue in general.
It starts off with the violent murder and then moves on to the investigation. We see sides of what may have happened during the interrogations.
Song Joong-ki played the victim, so that will be more disturbing if you like that actor. He does get a bit of screen time with the flashbacks and such, though, since it’s one of his earlier films, he doesn’t have too big of a part.
Jang Geun-suk played a pretty shady character and had a few psychotic scenes. It was fun to see him in a role like this. I think he really pulled it off well. After I first saw this movie, I became his fan because I saw how diverse he can be in his acting.
The character opposite of Jang Geun-suk’s “Pearson” was a spoiled rich kid called “AJ”.
AJ seemed comical at times because of how he’d whine to his dad about everything and then the way he talked.
The main prosecutor in the story was good and serious. They portrayed his feelings and situation well, in my opinion.
I don’t think the acting itself was bad, but the English used wasn’t as good as it should have been. I mean, for a movie not made for an English-speaking audience, it’s really good, but if you’re fluent in English it takes away from the movie sometimes. My sister and I would laugh when we weren’t supposed to just because the English sounded so funny sometimes.
It’s hard to critique the actual case since it’s based an a true unsolved crime.
I was wondering the whole time why the lawyers didn’t think that both of the suspects did it together. I thought that would be an obvious speculation when they were trying to put the case together.
While watching the first time though, I couldn’t tell who did it. Just when I thought one of them did, another perspective came up that would change my mind.
However, that’s just my speculation.
If you like mysteries, then you should watch this movie and see who you thought did it and why.
Spoiler (highlight between brackets):
[I personally think Pearson held the victim down while AJ stabbed him.
The reason is, AJ thought being in a gang like Pearson is cool. This was probably an initiation for AJ.
However, that's just the movie... who knows what happened in real life!]
The beginning is pretty violent and bloody, so you might want to skip that if you’re squeamish.
There is quite a bit of swearing if you’re sensitive to that.