17 years ago Choe Hyeon Ju failed to arrest a serial killer, who had kidnapped and killed several woman.
Now that the statute of limitations expired two years ago, Lee Du Suk publishes a book named 'I am the Murderer', claiming to be the said serial killer and deeply regretting his doings. The book soon becomes a bestseller and Du Suk a national star and darling.
Hyeon Ju on the other hand is determined to catch the culprit, but he begins to doubt that Du Suk is the one he's pretending to be; while the remaining family members of the victims want nothing else but justice...
At the begging of the movie we get a glimpse of the killer, while Choe Hyeon Ju (the detective who is in charge of the case) is chasing him through the narrows streets of Seul; he is an egomaniac and spare the life of detective Choe to let the world know about him.
Time passed and the day the statute of limitations expire we get another glimpse this time Choe is an alcoholic, a shadow of the detective we saw in the first sequence who try to convince a young man not to commit suicide, with the statute of limitations expired he loose all hope for justice, so he throws himself from the roof, to end in the windshield of a passing bus.
Two years later Lee Doo Seok release a book which title is "I am the Murderer", sharing all the details of the murders and claiming regret for his crimes. The book became a bestseller, as the media frenzy surrounding Lee increases, he even gets a fan club; some family members of the victims gather together to plot their revenge. The only who seems to doubt that Lee isn't the real killer is Choe.
Some of the action scenes are too much, at one point so unrealistic, also the are some holes in the story, since we get those two glimpses at the begginning of the movie we ask ourselfs how predictable can be the script, it not hard to found the cliches and the result.
The acting is very good, a diversity of actrees and actors that portait the devasted family members of the victims; Park Shi Hoo plays a sometimes charismatic, cold and calculator Lee Doo Seok; and Jeong Jae Yeong a haunted detective that cannot forgive himself from not be able to stop the killer and prevent more murders.
I saw this movie in theaters, so my opinion is influence by that, is not the same when you can hear the surprise sounds from the audience or the laughter at some silly sequences; the Mexican Korean Culture Center joined with one of the biggest cinema chain to launch the first Festival of Korean movies and this film was one of the four selected.
I really enjoy the movie,full of cliches, predicatable at some points of the story but unexpected in others.