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Phantom Detective

2016 2h 5m Action Crime Drama List
86% Tomatometer 7 Reviews 58% Audience Score Fewer than 50 Ratings A detective gets entangled in a conspiracy during an investigation. Read More Read Less

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Jeannette Catsoulis New York Times Our hero's quest ... never ignites, mostly because of Mr. Lee's acting deficits. May 19, 2016 Full Review Tom Keogh Seattle Times The South Korean suspense drama is both ideal popcorn movie and morally complex revenge tale. Rated: 3/4 May 19, 2016 Full Review James Mudge It's interesting to see an indie director like Jo Sung-hee making his way in the mainstream, and while not quite firing on all cylinders yet, he's a filmmaker worth watching Rated: 3.5/5 Oct 27, 2020 Full Review Harris Dang The Phantom Detective is greater than the sum of its parts, and although it doesn't reach levels of greatness, it is an entertaining diversion that packs committed performances, surprising direction from Jo Sung-hee and an appealing visual style. Rated: 3.5/5 Oct 31, 2018 Full Review Joe Lipsett Queer.Horror.Movies. All in all, this modern take on Korea's famed Hong Gil-dong character is both hilarious and heartfelt, with great performance by lead Lee Je-hoon and youngsters Roh Jeong-eui and Kim Ha-na. Sep 21, 2018 Full Review Anton Bitel Projected Figures This is highly stylised film noir... but somewhere in Gil-dong's quest for lost identity is an allegory of the violent divisions and unresolved conflicts created by Korea's war in the Fifties. Oct 8, 2017 Full Review Read all reviews

Audience Reviews

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Audience Member Amazing movie. Editing is a bit awkward at the first part. Character was portrayed well and you'll realize in the end why it named that movie. Worth watching! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/18/23 Full Review Audience Member The movie is great. The actors are good, and I like the unexpected twist on it. Such a good story and has a lot of things to learn. Kudos! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Audience Member Without a doubt, this is the best film I watched in 2016. Bringing together incredible performances, exquisite attention to detail within lighting and cinematography, and a riveting narrative throughout, this is not a film to be missed. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/13/23 Full Review Audience Member Phantom Detective is a superb South Korean film, that hooks you constantly. Lee Jehoon's return to the big screen is something that should not be missed, and Kim Hana's future endeavours are a must watch. Comedy in the right places, and well shot action scenes. Unmissable. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member Flashy and stylish, the movie is all pan and no sizzle. In this noirish action revenge tale a private detective is after the man who killed his mother. Until he is roped into babysitting the man's kids when someone else kidnaps his intended target. The film is overlong, has one decent fight scene, but little else. There's also a smoking hot female character who gets to do nothing but smoke and talk on the phone. Not one of the better korean films out there. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/05/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Movie Info

Synopsis A detective gets entangled in a conspiracy during an investigation.
Sung-Hee Jo
Production Co
Bidangil Pictures, CJ Entertainment
Action, Crime, Drama
Original Language
Release Date (Streaming)
Jan 3, 2019
2h 5m
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