HanCinema Film Review: Phantom Detective


So the New York Times didn’t like the film, but I sure did. People are so invested into adrenaline-pumping films nowadays that slower-paced films are often blindly dismissed. Don’t do that to “Phantom Detective!”

Here’s a snippet of my HanCinema review:

Director Jo Sung-hee’s Phantom Detective is a play on the crime noir complete with anti-hero Hong Gil-dong (Lee Je-hoon), a decrepit town, deranged villains, and stylized filming that brings the world of the comic book to life. There are also two unlikely sidekicks, two little girls who rework Gil-dong’s damaged psyche over the course of the film.

Phantom Detective was released in Korea May 4, 2016 and 508,000 filmgoers (19.9%) sat down to watch a modern take of the classic Korean tale of “Hong Gil Dong”. Last weekend, May 13, 2016, the film premiered in Los Angeles and May 20 saw a wider North American release.

Click here to read the full review!

One response to “HanCinema Film Review: Phantom Detective”

  1. I love everything about this movie! I read your full review and appreciated the details that I didn’t catch myself such as the bad guy’s eyeglass lenses reflecting/ hiding his eyes. I recently looked at an American list of the top 100 Korean movies. Of course, horror movies make up the top half of the list but I could not believe that this movie was not even on the list!

    I wonder why it didn’t do very well with Korean audiences either?

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