Heart Blackened

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London Korean Film Festival

Writer/director Jung Ji-woo translocates Fei Xing’s courtroom drama Silent Witness (2013) to Seoul’s élite. After celebrated singer Park Yu-na (Lee-Ha-nui) is killed, her fiancé, the older, super-rich CEO Yim Tae-san (Choi Min-sik, OldBoy), hires lawyer and family friend Choi Hee-jung (Park Shin-hye) to clear his daughter Mi-ra (Lee Soo-kyung) of murder, even though there is evidence that seems to place the spoilt party girl – who had no love for her future stepmother – drunk and aggressive at the scene. “Money is everything,” declares Chairman Yim, who believes that he can pay his way out of any problem – but Heart Blackened establishes a twisty dialectic between money and love, upending our expectations of its characters. Here the legal system is exposed to be an institution – not unlike cinema itself – of smoke and mirrors, where the right budget can manipulate anyone.

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Running time
125 mins
South Korea
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Jung Ji-Woo
Choi Min-Sik, Park Shin Hye, Ryu Jun Yeol

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November 9th

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