“Did You Kill Your Wife?”
Directed By : Young-Sung Sohn
Running Time: 122 minutes
Originally released September 29th, 2011
Synopsis (via Asiancrush.com) – In this courtroom thriller, a man once suspected of serial murder finds himself on the stand again when his wife is goes missing.
In a world where things are becoming less, ‘black and white’ and more ‘grey’; this film targets an interesting notion in the world of court cases, corruption, and motives. Not just the motives of killers, but also of shady detectives, sleazy lawyers, and even faulty witnesses looking for ‘financial compensation’.
There’s been a murder. The crime scene evidence as circumstantial as it may be, all points to the accused, Han Chul-min. He’s arrested, prosecuted and it appears as if he’s going to be tried without a lawyer. That is until our guy, Kang Sun-hee (a skilled defense attorney) takes the case. The movie then bounces back in forth between the two sides, each looking for the advantage in winning the case–sometimes at the expense of their own integrity.
I won’t spoil the end of this film. I do however, after mulling it over in my mind; sort of take issue with the conclusion of the film. The movie sways this line of reasoning of, “We shouldn’t be trying to convict people based on only circumstantial evidence”. It does it’s best, throughout it’s running time to convince us that line of reasoning is the most just–even if it means, “10 guilty men go free”. Good, right? I really liked defense attorney Kang’s eternal struggle with trying to defend Han in court; yet having his own doubts about his innocence.
What I found interesting was the amount of attention paid to the corruption and mishandling of the case by opposing sides. It was strange to see the prosecution being so dirty, whilst Kang rarely looked to ‘break the rules’ in order to build his case. It really made me question the motives of all of the parties involved.
Why are they so sure he did it?
Obviously, the movie gets into why the prosecution is certain of Han’s being a murderer, but I want you to watch this film yourself to find out. Aside from the conclusion of this film, which to me, felt like it undermined the 115 minutes that had come before it–I would definietly recommend this film to fans of the courtroom thriller genre.