Brent’s World Movie Review
Korean Movie Review: The Accidental Detective.
Another weekend, another blog!
Sorry for the delay getting this review out, I have been busy creating more content for Brent’s World! This week I will share a Korean crime/comedy film I rented from the iTunes Music Store.
The Accidental Detective, is a 2015 crime comedy loosely based on Alfred Hitchcock’s Strangers On A Train. The Korean film is directed by Jeong-hoon Kim starring Sang-Woo Kwon who plays Kang Dae-man, a busy Korean family man, who because of his passion for criminal investigation and true crime stories seems to neglect his wife, 2 sons, and the comic book store that he owns. His best friend Detective Joon Soo (Played by Hae-Joon Park) is accused and arrested for the murder of his wife. With his friend in Jail and certainly to be found guilty Kang Dae-Man must now work with a seemingly lazy and burned out Korean Police Detective Noh Tae-soo played by Dong-Il Sung to find the real murder’s and clear his friend.
The completely mismatched pair struggles to work together and Kang Dae-man must juggle normal family life. Which lead to some good humor throughout the film such as the necessity to babysit his young daughter while working the case. Which completely infuriates the grumpy, older Noh Tae-soo, who mostly resents the fact that he must work with an amateur to solve the case. There are the light moments that you would expect from this type of faire. However the comedy seems forced and out of place. As with other Korean action films, I felt the story a bit too fast paced in places, and incongruous. It might not have been as hard to follow the storyline if I was not having to pay such close attention to the subtitles.
I would not go out of my way to buy or rent this film, instead I would direct you to Strangers On A Train that this file was based on. However if you have already seen Strangers on a train or you are looking for a foreign crime drama to occupy your mind for an evening, I recommend giving The Accidental Detective a shot.
You can rent or buy The Accidental Detective from the iTunes Music Store.
Strangely enough this movie is not available on Amazon in either downloadable form or physical media. I think this is one of the only times Amazon has not carried a title either digitally or in DVD/Blu-Ray format.
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