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Drama / Thriller
Directed by Sohn Young-seong
Despite the fact that Korea has produced some interesting movies of late, there’s no denying that it has also produced its fair share of stinkers. So whenever I’m looking for something new to watch, my fail-safe option is to stick to what I know and make my way through the back catalog of one of my favorite Korean actors, Ha Jung-woo. One such film that passed me by was Sohn Young-seong’s courtroom drama “The Client” (2011).
The movie follows the story of Han Cheol-min (Jang Hyuk), who is accused of murdering his wife on the night of their wedding anniversary. His wife’s blood is all over their apartment, but no body is found.
Ahn Min-ho (Park Hee-soon) is the lead prosecutor and has no doubt that Han is guilty, as he was linked to another killing in the past, but released on a technicality. Heading up the defense is Kang Seong-hee (Ha), a cocksure attorney who is attracted to the case due to the intriguing nature of the crime. In addition to there being no body, there’s no evidence directly linking Han to the murder, which leads Kang to believe it’s simply a case of the police trying to nail anyone they can. But as all the grizzly details are revealed, Kang finds out that nothing is simple about the case at all.
“The Client” is everything you would expect from a courtroom drama in that it’s extremely dialogue-heavy and, up until the film’s climax, you are never really sure what the outcome will be.
There are several red herrings thrown into the mix to try and throw you off the scent, but if you keep your wits about you, you’ll probably guess the way the movie will end up (though perhaps not the exact details). “The Client” might not be “A Few Good Men” (1992), but is a must for fans of Ha Jung-woo.