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A Record of Sweet Murder

Japan / South Korea 2014
produced by
Yoshi Kino, Choi Yu-ri, Akifumi Sugihara (executive), Lee Eun-kyoung (executive) for Nikkatsu, Zoa Films
directed by Koji Shiraishi
starring Yeon Je-wook, Kim Kkobbi , Tsukasa Aoi, Ryotaro Yonemura, Koji Shiraishi
written and cinematography by Koji Shiraishi, special effects makeup by Choi Young-sim

review by
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Sangjoon (Yeon Je-wook) is one of the most notorious serialkillers of South Korea, having killed between 18 (according to authorities) and 25 (his own estimate) people, and he's not 30 yet. And the police can't get a hold of him, but he has managed to contact Soyeon (Kim Kkobbi), his childhood friend turned reporter and has promised her an exclusive interview at a secret location if only she brings a Japanese cameraman - Tashiro (Koji Shiraishi) - who films the whole thing in one uninterrupted take.

When they're with him in an abandoned building, Soyeon and Tashiro get a first-hand picture how far gone Sangjoon is, ever since he and Soyeon have lost a childhood friend in their pre-teens, he has turned to God and God has answered him and told him he has to kill 27 people by a certain date and his friend will be restored to life. Of course, Soyeon and Tashiro think he wants to sacrifice them as the last two to reach 27 but he swears to leave them alive if only they do his bidding - even if he injures and ties up Soyeon when she acts up. However, his actual victims are soon here, a Japanese couple, Tsukasa (Tsukasa Aoi) and Ryota (Ryotaro Yonemura), who he has set up a date with at the building and who he believes symbolize true love. They're overcome soon, too, and all tied up and ready to be killed ... and then all falls apart, as the two are actually sick perverts, and when Sangjoon threatens to rape Tsukasa, Ryota only eggs him on, and she enjoys the experience which was always a secret fantasy of hers, and manages to overcome Sangjoon after the act. And things start to really getting out of hands for everybody from there on ...

 

Now there's one weird little movie that really manages to defy all (genre-)expectations. Basically it starts out as a rather conventional found footage psycho thriller not unlike many other found footage movies you might have seen, but once the path of these movie seems to be laid out, it starts to twist and turn wildly into all directions (including fantasy!), putting the narrative completely on its head more than once, and actually exhibiting an infective joy of pure storytelling - and the found footage approach that's never abandoned throughout and really tells the story in just one take only gives the whole thing an immediacy, something ironically only rarely achieved by this style of filmmaking.

In all, it's a wild ride for sure, but if your minds a little warped (like mine), you'll probably quite enjoy it.

 

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