Seokkeul (2003, KOR) C-114m. ** D: Seung-bae Park. Starring Soo-yeon Kang, Woong-in Jeong, Jeong-yun Choi, Jae-ryong Jeon. Provocative drama from Korea about a cold-blooded killer, who after being caught bases his defense on the claim that he is the reincarnation of a killer from the 1930s. The (female) state attorney is furious, but there is more to this story than she wants to believe; in flashbacks we learn about a fatal love affair. Low-key, deliberately paced drama is a bit too heavy on the sap sometimes, especially towards the end. Not a horror film, as the DVD cover might have you believe; it does contain some graphic scenes, though. English title: THE CIRCLE.

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