Film review: Idol (2019) by Lee Su-jin

One thing is certain: Lee Su-jin’s second feature “Idol” (“Woo sang” in the original language) is a head-spinning thrill ride of a movie which, in the end, can become exhausting. Having in mind Lee’s previous feature, a minor sensation on both the genre and the regular film festival circle titled “Han Gong-ju”, Idol’s inclusion in the Panorama selection of this year’s Berlinale is completely justified, even though the film certainly has narrow limits regarding the exposure outside of its native South Korea and hard core genre circles.

Basically, it is a story about two fathers connecting by a hit-and-run accident involving their sons. The title character of sorts Koo Myung-hui (Han Seok-kyu of “Shiri” and “The Berlin File” fame) is a politician on the move, whose career prospects seem promising due to his respectable, honest and trustworthy public image. His son Johan is the supposed perpetrator,
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