The Murderer

2011 Mystery & Suspense

Director: Hong-jin Na

Starring: Kim Yun-seok, Jung-woo Ha, Jo Seong-ha, Chul-min Lee


  • A rush of a movie from South Korea that slips and slides from horror to humor on rivers of blood and offers the haunting image of a man, primitive incarnate, beating other men with an enormous, gnawed-over meat bone.

    Manohla Dargis - The New York Times

    20 January 2013

  • Na captures at once the fragility of the human body and the deep-rooted darkness of the human soul. The Yellow Sea is easily one of the films of the year for underserved action-heads.

    - Los Angeles Times

    20 January 2013

  • More startling than an unexpected punch in the noggin, Na Hong-Jin's unusual thriller could have the highest knife count this side of Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares. A violent thrill-ride to a dark new corner of Asian cinema.

    Kim Newman - Empire

    20 January 2013

  • Gushing more blood and possessing more stamina than any number of Hollywood hack-'em-ups, writer-director Na Hong-jin's pulse-pounding, mordantly funny genre piece is at times messily convoluted, yet serious and full-bodied enough to achieve a genuinely tragic dimension.

    Justin Chang - Variety

    20 January 2013

  • If anything, Na's film is too much of a good thing, exceeding credibility too often (the punching-bag hero is far too lucky - good and bad - and absorbs a hilarious amount of punishment) in its pursuit of despairing violence. But that's the Korean way, and Na nails down the bottom feeder realism while slouching toward video-game hyperbole.

    Michael Atkinson - Village Voice

    20 January 2013


  • Achievement in Directing

    Asia Pacific Screen Awards (2011)

  • Best Actor

    Asian Film Awards (2011)

  • Hong-jin Na

    Cannes Film Festival (2011)

  • After Dark Competition

    Chicago International Film Festival (2011)

  • Best Costume Design

    Grand Bell Awards, South Korea (2010)