The Last Witness (2001 film)

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The Last Witness
The Last Witness (2001) movie poster.jpg
Theatrical poster
Revised Romanization Heugsuseon
McCune–Reischauer Hŭksusŏn
Directed by Bae Chang-ho
Produced by Jeong Tae-won
Written by Bae Chang-ho
Based on The Last Witness
by Kim Seong-jong
Starring Lee Jung-jae
Ahn Sung-ki
Lee Mi-yeon
Cinematography Kim Yun-su
Distributed by Cinema Service
Release date
  • November 16, 2001 (2001-11-16)
Running time
106 minutes
Country South Korea
Language Korean

The Last Witness (Hangul흑수선; RRHeugsuseon) is a 2001 South Korean thriller film directed by Bae Chang-ho and starring Lee Jung-jae, Ahn Sung-ki and Lee Mi-yeon. It is based on the novel of the same name by Kim Seong-jong, and is the second adaptation of the book, the first being in 1980.[1]


A political prisoner, Hwang-seok is released after 50 years of solitary confinement. A day later, a body with stab wounds is recovered from a harbor. Detective Oh investigates the death and determines the body is that of Yang, a former soldier. Discovering a diary amongst Yang's possessions, Oh follows a trail of clues to a blind antique dealer, Ji-hye. It transpires that it was Yang who was responsible for the imprisonment of Hwang-seok, a suspected communist sympathizer in the Korean War. This makes Hwang-seok the prime suspect for the murder of Yang. But not all is as it seems, and a series of flashbacks back to the dark days of the Korean War and the infamous Geoje POW Camp on Geoje Island leads Oh to Han, a former North Korean soldier living in Japan, and a final, tragic resolution for two ill-fated lovers.[1]


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  1. ^ a b Leong, 2002, pp. 72–73


  • Anthony C. Y. Leong (2002). Korean Cinema: The New Hong Kong - A Guidebook for the latest Korean New Wave. Trafford Publishing. pp. 72–73. 

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