To him, the only unsolvable equation was love.
Unconditional love is when you do something for the one you love without expecting anything in return, even though the love is an unrequited love.
Yonguija X is one of those movies where love makes you do the most unthinkable thing.
There’s a new channel on TV, it’s called NET…I really like this new channel because they dare to be different. What I like the most is their Korean movies every Saturday and Sunday (although I hope they will soon change that into Asian movies, meaning NOT only Korean). I didn’t watch all the movies because sometimes the ads didn’t intrigue me. I have watched two movies there, one is an okay movie and one is a great movie…the great one is called 용의자X (Yonguija X or Perfect Number in English)
I don’t know why the English title is Perfect number because the Korean means Suspect X.
I didn’t watch it from the beginning, I missed the first 10 minutes…but it was still intriguing. Baek Hwa-sun lived with her niece. Hwa-sun had recently divorced from her abusive husband. One night, her husband found her apartment, he came barging in and attack both women. They tried to protect themselves by killing the ex-husband. Their neighbor, Kim Seok-go heard the noise and knocked on their door. Knowing that the murder would ruin Hwa-sun and her niece’s life, Seok-go helped them to cover the murder.
Kim Seok-go was math genius. He could calculate everything. However, his social skill didn’t match his intellectual. He was an introvert, he didn’t have many friends and hardly ever fall in love…until he met Hwa-sun. He used his mathematical skill to create the perfect alibi for Hwa-sun. Because of his plan, Hwa-sun was free from the murder charge. The detective in charge, Jo Min-beom believed that Hwa-sun was the killer but he couldn’t prove it. Min-beom was the un-calculated factor in Seok-go’s calculation, he was his high school’s friend.
Unfortunately, after all Seok-go had done for her, she ended up dating with another man.
I can’t say more than that because spoiler could ruin this movie.
The movie glued me the moment I saw it. Like I said, I was 10 minute late, but it grabbed my attention straight away. I like the atmosphere, it gave that mysterious feeling and made me very curious toward many things. I was very curious how Seok-go could create such perfect alibi and why he did it. When a new man showed up, I was once again curious of how Seok-go would react toward that man.
I like Seok-go’s character a lot…I think Ryoo Seung-bum played brilliantly as Seok-go. He looked so awkward and unable to show that he was in love with Hwa-sun. His presence was so strong in the movie but so invisible in the story. I think everyone in this movie played really well.
…and just like most Asian movie, Yonguija X had a great ending. An ending that was so beautiful and sad at the same time. The ending made my eyes a bit teary. When the movie ends I was hoping to see a glimpse of what happened to them few years later…but of course things like that rarely happened, we are left with our own conclusion.
However…Throughout the movie I kept thinking that the pace of the movie was a bit like Japanese movie. The slow and intriguing pace, the atmosphere of the mystery…it all felt like Japanese movie rather than Korean movie. When I was about to write this review…I learned that Yonguija X was a remake of a 2008 Japanese movie called Suspect X. My first thought was “NO wonder it felt so Japanese!” …and It was based on a novel by Keigo Higashino!! What a surprise…that explain the ending. I have read one of his novels and really like it, he has a great way to end a story. Naoko was the book I have read and the ending was what made me like the book. (Naoko is about a mother who takes over her daughter’s body).
I am now really curious to see Suspect X – Japanese version and read the book as I have like Higashino’s book before.
Title: 용의자X (Yonguija X) – Perfect Number
Director: Bang Eun-jin
Writers (screenplay): Lee Gong-joo, Lee Jung-hwa, Kim Tae-yoon
Based on: The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino
Starring: Ryoo Seung-bum, Lee Yo-won, Jo Jin-woong
Release date: October 7, 2012
Other review: Prasanna’s Ramblings