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Film Review: Heart Blackened (2018) by Jung Ji-woo


“Heart Blackened” is a South Korean legal thriller starring Choi Min-shik and Park Shin-hye. This film is a remake of the Chinese film “Silent Witness” (2013) directed by Fei Xing. Honey Lee, who plays Park Yuna and Lee Soo-kyung as Im Mi-ra, were both nominated for Best Supporting Actress at the 54th Baeksang Arts Awards.

Heart Blackened” is screening at the 19th Jeonju International Film Festival



Yim Tae-san (Choi Min-shik), a chaebol, is deeply in love with his new girlfriend, Yuna. Mi-ra, his daughter, is a spoiled club kid, and the two of them do not see eye to eye, having trouble getting along. While out drinking at a club, Mira’s friends find an online sex tape featuring Yim’s new girlfriend. The two women meet to discuss the video and Yim’s new love turns up dead and his daughter is the prime suspect. The film settles into a court room drama in the second act and I can’t say where the third goes but it caught me by surprise.

Director Jung Ji-woo has eight features on his directing resume and this is the first film I have seen of his. I am inclined to check out his other work since I really enjoyed this one. The theme I can’t comment on in too much detail since that would be a dangerous step towards spoiler territory but let me say it didn’t go where I thought it would. All the characters are interesting in this and the pacing is similar to many other legal thrillers. We only spend one act in the court room whereas I thought most of the film was going to be set there. One of the strongest elements of the storytelling  is who the real hero is. Again with out mentioning any spoilers, the hero may not be who you think it is and that is a fun part of watching this film.


South Korean star Choi Min-shik, of “Old Boy” (2003) fame, is wonderfully complex in this film. His character manages to be warm and sometimes cruel with something always boiling beneath the surface. It makes you want to pause the film and study his face to figure out what his character is really thinking. Two other characters who I found the most interesting were the lawyer Yim hires to defend his daughter, Choi Hee-jeong (Shin-hye Park) who quickly becomes a character we focus on in act two, and a surveillance camera technician , Kim Dong-Myung (Ryoo Joon-Yeol). I really like Ryoo Joon-Yeol’s look, since he has a slyness to his face that makes him interesting. Yim’s wife Yuna is played by the stunningly beautiful and multi-talented Ha-nee Lee aka Honey Lee who was third runner up in the 2007 Miss Universe pageant. Honey Lee is not only a joy just to watch, evidenced by her almost one million instagram followers, but she really shines here as Yim’s new girlfriend, whom we believe really wants to connect with Yim’s daughter and is deeply in love with him. The other actor I want to mention is Jung Seung-Gil who plays Yim’s driver and right hand. He brings a fatalistic soldier vibe to the role, as he acts as a dark pivot for Choi Min-shik’s Yim.

The technical aspects of this legal thriller are all noteworthy. The use of natural light in many of the scenes helps keep this film grounded. Considering so many of its stars are gorgeous, seeing them in natural light keeps them real to the audience instead of highlighting their lack of flaws. There isn’t a wrinkle on any of their faces except Choi Min-shik’s, who has enough for the entire cast. Some of the camera movements I found interesting as well. We see a number of 180 degree cuts and the editing keeps the pace quick even though this is a two hour film. There is one shot that stood out where we have an amazing transition from a picture of water on a smart phone and we zoom in to real water and up to see a boat. It’s one of the best uses of an elipsis I have seen in a while. I also enjoyed the very slow fade at the end of the film.




“Heart Blackened” is a rare movie,  since most studios,  no matter what country you live in don’t tell this kind of story these days. Legal thrillers were all the rage in the 90s but today we don’t see many of them. I can’t remember the last legal thriller I have seen other than Law and Order re-runs. “Heart Blackened” is a wonderful three-act tale of a family in tragedy, with interesting twists and very well cast actors. Give this a watch if you are tired of super hero films and want a moving cinematic experience that features a cast of interesting actors.



cr: https://asianmoviepulse.com/2018/05/film-review-heart-blackened-2018-by-jung-ji-woo/

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14 hours ago, verit said:

This movie is really good but many people  dont know.

You absolutely right. I watched and loved . I hope people will give it a chance. It takes you back to the traditional style of movie, where One can really appreaciated the actors/actresses natural acting and “scenarios”, real locations, etc! Today, not  many appreaciated this type of movies, most people are into movies with special effects, in a point , to me , unrealistic, and too much fantasy. :)

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Dark and gritty crime thriller will keep you guessing
Korean CEO corporate executive
by Tyler ColosimoMay 16, 2018

19th Jeonju International Film Festival
Korea Cinemascape

Heart Blackened 침묵

Directed by: Jung Ji-woo (정지우)

Starring: Choi Min-sik (최민식), Park Shin-hye (박신혜), Honey Lee (이하늬), Ryoo Jun-yeol (류준열), Lee Soo-kyung (이수경), Park Hae-joon (박해준)

The Film: Based on the Chinese film ‘Silent Witness’ written and directed by Fei Xing, ‘Heart Blackened’ is a dark and gritty courtroom procedural featuring powerful acting and an engaging yet overly drawn-out series of dramatic twists and turns. The Korean title of the film literally translates to “Silence.”


When the CEO of a giant gaming company, Tae-sun (Choi Min-sik), announces his engagement to the much younger and successful former singer, Yuna (Honey Lee), the high-profile couple make waves in the headlines. But Tae-sun’s adult daughter, Mira (Lee Soo-kyung), and Yuna fail to see eye to eye and their relationship becomes strained. One night, Yuna goes to meet Mira at her request hoping to reconcile their differences. The next morning, when Mira is picked up for drunk driving and Yuna is found dead, Mira becomes the lead suspect in the sensational murder case. With Mira claiming to have no memory of the previous night, her father Tae-sun, with all the money and influence in the world, will not rest until the truth of that night is revealed.


Korean Courtroom Choi Min-sik

After some setting up, Heat Blackened really begins when Mira’s father, Tae-sun, decides to hire Mira’s old school friend, Hee-jung (Park Shun-hye), a young and unestablished lawyer to defend his daughter in court. Hee-jung takes over as the main character in Heart Blackened as she works every angle to investigate holes in the prosecution’s case, even acting the part of detective at times piecing together clues and pursuing persons of interest. Tae-sun’s mysterious motives for hiring Hee-jung are just the tip of the suspicious nature of his character. His desire to use his vast wealth to control and influence every aspect of the trial will keep viewers guessing whether Tae-sun’s motives are purely to protect his daughter or if something more nefarious is at work.

Heart Blackened is largely a courtroom drama in which Mira is prosecuted by the state for Yuna’s murder. And even without being very knowledgeable in the Korean judicial system, Heart Blackened seems to be making full use of its creative license. In the way that various witnesses and evidence is introduced in the courtroom, or how the film completely ignores key details in putting together a cohesive timeline that would effectively make the murder trial more cut and dry, the filmmakers clearly favor dramatic effect over realistic legal technicalities. But if able to suspend disbelief and just strap in for the ride, the drama stays gripping as the revelations continue to unfold, making Heart Blackened one of the better crime dramas out there.

Korean woman whispers in ear

Reuniting with director Jung Ji-woo 18 years after making Happy End (1999), veteran actor Choi Min-sik(Oldboy, 2003; I Saw the Devil, 2010) is a force of nature as he plays the heavyhearted Tae-sun. As a man who puts money above all else and with the world at his fingertips, Tae-sun’s world is turned upside down. After losing his fiance, the woman he loves, and potentially his daughter now too pending the result of the trail, he learns that there are some things money cannot buy him. Choi Min-sik is one of the best living actors capable of expressing that deep pain buried beneath a hard exterior. Next to Failan (2001) and Crying Fist (2005), we can add Heart Blackened as another such top performance.

The supporting cast is also more than impressive. Park Shin-hye (Cyrano Agency, 2010) playing the defense attorney and Park Hae-joon (Fourth Place, 2016) as the prosecutor have good screen chemistry as they go head to head in the courtroom while also forming a dynamic out of courtroom relationship. Lee Soo-kyung playing Mira is especially convincing as her character shows signs of multiple personalities, with a spoiled and cruel side that contrasts well with an otherwise innocent and naive one. This makes her a very hard character to place judgement on as the trial unfolds. Lee Soo-kyung’s performance here also earned her an award for Best Supporting Actress at the 2018 Baeksang Arts Awards. But perhaps the most entertaining character has to be the Yuna stalker whom Tae-sun tracks down for questioning and played brilliantly by Ryoo Joon-yeol (A Taxi Driver, 2017). For such a heavy film, his kid-in-a-candy-store walk through Yuna’s old wardrobe as part of a deal to get him to cooperate with Tae-sun is welcome comic relief no matter how creepy the actual act may be.

Rich Korean Teen in trouble

Heart Blackened will keep you engaged and constantly reevaluating predictions for the film’s ending for a good 90 minutes. Unfortunately, with a 125 minute run-time, the third act feels unnecessarily bloated and attempts to spell out a lot of what viewers will most certainly be able to piece together for themselves. So despite some phenomenal on-location photography and top-tier performances, this makes the home stretch of the film a bit of a chore to sit through.

Overall though, Heart Blackened is one of the better dark dramas I’ve seen in a long while and stayed in my head for long after it finished. If you can give the film some leeway in its hyper dramatized judicial proceedings and enjoy it for the crime thriller it is, Heart Blackened comes very recommended. 7/10 – performances & dramatic reveals on point!






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Film Review: Heart Blackened (2017) by Jung Ji-woo

OCTOBER 29, 2018

Eighteen years after his debut feature film “Happy End”, director Jung Ji-woo reunites with actor par excellence Choi Min-sik for murder mystery/courtroom drama “Heart Blackened”, the remake of Chinese film “Silent Witness” starring superstar Aaron Kwok. “Heart Blackened” earned Best Supporting Actress nominations for both Lee Hanee and Lee Soo-kyung at the 54th Baeksang Art Awards, with the latter eventually emerging victorious.


Heart Blackened is screening at London Korean Film Festival




Yim Tae-san is the CEO of a vast empire who believes that money is the solution to all of life problems, except for his fledgling relationship with his daughter Yim Mi-ra. His relationship with her is further dented with his engagement to beautiful and much-loved singer Park Yoo-na, who just cannot seem to get Mi-ra to warm up to her, despite her best efforts. When Yoo-na is found killed in a parking lot shortly after a meeting with Mi-ra, suspicion falls immediately on the latter, who cannot remember anything of the crucial hours of the incident due to an inconvenient blackout, and she is swiftly arrested. 







Yim Tae-san throws money and man-power in his efforts to clear Mi-ra’s name, eventually hiring up-and-coming lawyer Choi Hee-jeong, Mi-ra’s old friend, to clear his daughter’s name in court. Hee-jeong – part lawyer, part detective, full badass – sets on a course to find out what went on that night, gather evidence with the help of her journalist flatmate, and go up against a prosecutor she knows all too well. Tae-san, meanwhile, goes his own way trying to uncover the truth and help his daughter, throwing money at whoever can help, a course which eventually leads him to cross paths with Kim Dong-myeong, a Yoo-na superfan who specialises in CCTV installations.

Jung Ji-woo has had a varied oeuvre, including a family drama, love stories, a politically charged drama and a sports film, but this is the first time he handles a thriller and, for the most part, succeeds at it. The film works best as a whodunit, as Hee-jeong slowly unveils the events of the night with the help of eyewitnesses and surveillance footage. One might wonder if a lawyer would go to such extents to get to the bottom of a case, but her motives to clear her friend’s name are understandable. Tae-san’s efforts, on the other hand, seem completely believable from a man for whom money is nothing but means to an end. The involvement of all parties in the events of the night keep changing and keep the viewer guessing. 




The director also offers a sharp critique on the stronghold that the rich and famous have on society, on public perception, even on the judicial system. The film’s stand on how far a father would go to for his child, even one that he doesn’t get along with, is interesting. “Heart Blackened” does lose steam when it gets into the courtroom. Courtroom decorum  is thrown for a toss in favour of dramatic effect, leading the scenes to feel artificial and taking away from an otherwise grounded film. The prosecution’s inadequacies are plain to see and most frustrating. Mercifully, the film doesn’t spend as much time in the courtroom as one would otherwise think it would. 

Choi Min-sik has worked with some of South Korea’s best directors in some of South Korea’s best films, but “Happy End” remains one of his most memorable performances. In fact, his performance  in “Heart Blackened” reminds us of that performance at times, his face as stoic as possible while carrying a volcano of grief within himself in both films. So good is his performance that his monologue in the courtroom remains not only the film’s best scene in the courtroom, but arguably its best part. Park Shin-hye doesn’t do a lot of films, working more on small screen K-Dramas, but she is excellent when she does. Here, she plays a lawyer yet again after 2013’s tearjerker “Miracle in Cell No. 7”, and feels almost like an extension of that role, working to clear the innocent’s name yet again. Former Miss Korea Lee Hanee shines as Park Yoo-na, but is just slightly overshadowed by Lee Soo-kyung’s wonderful turn as Mi-ra, who portrays the many layers and changes in her character with surprising deftness. Ryu Jun-yeol has had an incredible couple years, featuring in tentpole films “The King”, “A Taxi Driver” and “Believer” and is a breath of fresh air here.







The cinematography by Kim Tae-kyung is lush, showing off the beautiful exterior locations with some fine use of natural light. The film’s weakest technical aspect has to be its editing, with the film in much need of a trim, particularly in its final lap. The film opts to spell out every single aspect of the mystery, which audiences would have probably been better off guessing for themselves with the various hints that are already scattered and pointed at at various parts, a strategy which would have worked in the film’s favour. The final, lingering cut-to-black shot of Choi Min-sik is just perfect though and leaves the viewer adequately satisfied.

“Heart Blackened” is a strong entry in the mystery thriller genre, if not so much in the courtroom drama genre. It is an entertaining, engrossing watch that deserves to be seen for a very strong performance from one of South Korea’s greatest actors.




source: https://asianmoviepulse.com/2018/10/film-review-heart-blackened-2017-by-jung-ji-woo/ 

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