The Private Eye (2009)
Caught this Korean film on Saturday night at mpark4 in Koreatown. Like other Asian films this is a somewhat successful attempt at mixing together several genres.
In this case we have a period piece (early 20th century Korea) mixed with a detective film mixed with some comedy.
All in all this doesn’t break any new grounds, but it’s an entertaining film with a great performace by the main lead (Hwang Jeong Min – who proves again that he is one of the most dependable stars in Korea).
At 110 minutes the film is just a tad too long and the end resolution is quite bloody and dark which does not mix too well with the lighter tone of the rest of the film.
Despite it’s shortcomings I still enjoyed the film and would recommend this to fans of Korean cinema, Hwang Jeong Min, or murder mysteries set in older times (Name of the Rose pops to mind as a similar example).