Private Eye (film)

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Private Eye
Theatrical poster
Hanja 그림자
Revised Romanization Geurimja sarin
McCune–Reischauer Kǔrimja sarin
Directed by Park Dae-min
Produced by Lee Sang-yong
Han Seon-kyu
Written by Park Dae-min
Lee Yeong-jong
Yoon Seon-hui
Starring Hwang Jung-min
Ryu Deok-hwan
Music by Hwang Sang-jun
Cinematography Choi Chan-min
Edited by Nam Na-yeong
Distributed by CJ Entertainment
Release date
  • April 2, 2009 (2009-04-02)
Running time
111 minutes
Country South Korea
Language Korean
Box office US$10,096,836[1]

Private Eye (Hangul그림자 살인; RRGeurimja sarin; lit. "Shadow Murder") is a 2009 South Korean period film noir directed by Park Dae-min.[2]


Seoul, 1910. Hong Jin-ho, Joseon’s first detective, travels around solving trivial family disputes for pocket money as a private detective. However, he is determined to go to America someday and is saving up for the trip. Then one night, Gwang-soo, a medical physician in training, discovers a corpse in the woods and secretly takes it to practice dissecting. But the corpse turns out to be the son of Seoul’s most powerful man. While planning to flee in the middle of the night and afraid of murder accusations, Gwang-soo meets Jin-ho, and asks him to find the killer. When another corpse turns up in the woods, murdered in the same way as the first victim, Jin-ho and Gwang-soo use a piece of cloth they find in the victim’s mouth as the lead they need to bring them one step closer to the real killer.


Box office[edit]

According to its distributor CJ Entertainment, Private Eye attracted more than 554,000 viewers nationwide in the four days since its premiere on April 2, 2009, making it #1 at the South Korean box office.[3] As of May 10, 2009, the total tickets sold domestically was 1,907,094.[4]


  1. ^ "Geulimja Salin (Shadow Kill) (2009)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2012-06-04.
  2. ^ Shin, Hae-in (24 March 2009). "Epic film noir rich in period detail". Yonhap. Retrieved 2014-11-04. 
  3. ^ Ko, Kyoung-seok (6 April 2009). '그림자 살인', 50만명 돌파하며 박스오피스 1위 [Private Eye takes box office no.1, selling 500,000 tickets]. 10Asia (in Korean). Retrieved 2014-11-04. 
  4. ^ "Korean Box Office". Hancinema. Retrieved 2014-11-04. 

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