DVD
H

Starring: Yeom Jeong-A, Jee Jin-Hee and Cho Seung-Woo
Tartan Asia Extreme
RRP: 19.99
TVD 3555
Certificate: 18
Available 27 June 2005


A year after brilliant psychopath Shin Hyun has handed himself in and admitted to the brutal and grisly murders of six girls, a spate of copycat killings rock the city. In an effort to trap the killer, the police force assign the detective who worked on the original case with a brash new partner. The detectives interview Shin Hyun on death row, but only receive the most cryptic of answers leading them to apprehend several possible suspects. As the search becomes ever more frantic the murders continue. How many more must die before the killers demented masterpiece is complete...?

Most movies in the thriller genre have something that stands out. Sometimes it's a twist that makes the film so memorable, or sometimes there are subtle elements that make it stand out form the crowd. H has none of them, but it still stands out as an extremely well made thriller.

It borrows its tone and style from many Hollywood thrillers (such as Se7en) and seems better off for it. The acting is first class and you really do end up feeling for these particular Korean cops. They go through an awful lot for their job.

This is quite a bloody film and whilst the gore is not excessive, it does make you feel like you need a bath (or shower) afterwards.

Extra on this DVD are a touch lacking. All we get are an alternate opening, some deleted scenes and some extensive film notes. Fortunately Tartan have included a lovely DTS audio track that makes the film stand out that much more.

If you like your thrillers then this is for you. If you prefer things less intense then steer clear. Also, if you want to know why the film is called H then you will have to wait till the end of the film. But it is worth waiting for.

Simon Lee

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