Review by: Mut Asheru
Hi folks. It’s time for us to introduce you to another good independent movie. GO, STOP, MURDER (고스툽 실인) comes to us by way of Writer / Director Kim Joon-kwon’s capable hands. It’s a logic bender listed as drama / fantasy however I found it to be more murder/mystery meets sci-fi. Basically there’s quantum physics type musings and mathematical probability stuffs that supposedly explains one’s ability to ultimately pre-destine a person’s death.
A group of people get together every weekend to play a game of ‘Go-Stop’ at a horse ranch. When one of the four required members dies the ranch hand Sang-Yi (Seung-Jun Lee) has to step in and fill her spot. The game and gambling must after all go on. It is here that Sang-Yi meets The Professor (Hong-pa Kim) and learns of his mad mathematical-probability-destiny-affecting scientist theories that actually prove true. People have been dying according to the final layout of the cards in each round.
The movie’s storyline itself is a very interesting premise and it has organic character development that is packaged up nicely with some fine, believable acting from the film’s leads Hong-pa Kim and Seung-Jun Lee. Oh…and please let’s not forget all the magic happens while playing a Korean card game called ’Go-Stop’. The basic question of “can we change or past and positively affect our future” comes up a couple times but the philosophical implications aren’t addressed at all which is rather refreshing. The ability to affect just ‘is’ and The Professor and Sang-yi go on from there.
Even though it sounds complicated the movie is shot in a straight linear fashion with no forwards and only one flashback script-flip at the end. The film’s music helps to lighten the mood and keep us from getting all serious even though murders abound. I simply must give a head-nod to the casting of Ji- Sung Park as Sang-yi’s son. He’s freakin adorable and quite believable as the estranged son who’s loving heart and willing acceptance of a wayward father is enough to introduce a change in Sang-yi that threatens to bring the entire murder plotting ‘Go-Stop’ game to its tragic end.
GO, STOP, MURDER (고스툽 실인) is decidedly delicious and highly speculative in the probability of the possibilities that it explores. The theory of deciding, tempting and/or changing fate with a card game makes me wonder just what havoc I may have wreaked in the lives of other whilst playing Uno.
Go, Stop, Murder (고스툽 실인), 2013
|No Rating, 100 minutes|
|Director: Joon-Kwon Kim|
|Cast: Hong-pa Kim, Nam-hee Kwon, Seung-Jun Lee, Hong-Pa Kim, Young-Jae Song, Ji-Sung Park, Dae-Hwan Oh|
|Screenwriter(s): Joon-Kwon Kim|
|Producers: Jung Youn, Hyung-Woo Park|
|Photography director: Yoonseok Back|
|Costume designer / Hair and Makeup: Eui-Young Choi / Eun-Ju Lee|
|Music: Mikrokosmos (Sang-Won Park)|
|Editor: In-Ju Nam|
|Language : Korean with English Subtitles|
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