Voice of a Murderer

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Voice of a Murderer
Voice of a Murderer.jpg
Voice of a Murderer poster
Revised RomanizationGeunom moksori
McCune–ReischauerKŭnom moksori
Directed byPark Jin-pyo
Produced byLee Yu-jin
Written byPark Jin-pyo
StarringSol Kyung-gu
Kim Nam-joo
Music byLee Byung-woo
CinematographyKim Woo-hyung
Distributed byCJ Entertainment
Release date
  • February 1, 2007 (2007-02-01)
Running time
122 minutes
CountrySouth Korea
BudgetUS$4.5 million
Box officeUS$18.2 million[1]

Voice of a Murderer (Hangul그놈 목소리; RRGeunom moksori; lit. "His Voice") is a 2007 South Korean thriller film written and directed by Park Jin-pyo, starring Sol Kyung-gu and Kim Nam-joo.[2][3][4][5] It was the third top-grossing domestic film of 2007, with 3,143,247 tickets sold.[6][7] The story is a fictionalized account of a real-life kidnapping case in 1991.[8][9]


The only son of famous news anchor Han Kyung-bae disappears without a trace. The kidnapper calls the nine-year-old boy's mother, Oh Ji-sun, demanding 100,000 dollars as ransom. The police assign a veteran cop and his special task force on the case. However, the kidnapper catches wind of the police involvement and threatens to cut out the boy's heart and mail it to them. Han desperately tries to save his boy and obey the criminal's demands. When things take a turn for the worse Kyung-bae starts to take matters into his own hands.



The film is based on the real-life abduction of nine-year-old Lee Hyung-ho on January 29, 1991. Despite 87 ransom calls from the kidnapper to the child's parents asking for ₩70 million (US$75,000), Lee's dead body was found in a ditch near his home in Apgujeong-dong 44 days after he went missing; he had been killed two days after being kidnapped.[10] The killer was never caught, and the 15-year statute of limitations on the case expired in 2006.[3]

Awards and nominations[edit]

2007 Grand Bell Awards[11]

2007 Blue Dragon Film Awards

2007 Korean Film Awards

  • Nomination – Best Sound – Kim Suk-won, Kim Chang-seop


  1. ^ "Geu nom moksori (Voice of a Murderer) (2007)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2015-01-06.
  2. ^ D'Sa, Nigel (13 December 2006). "Voice of Murderer: New Feature from PARK Jin-pyo". Korean Film Biz Zone. Retrieved 2015-01-06.
  3. ^ a b Lee, Min-a (8 January 2007). "Time for boy's killer to repent". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2015-01-06.
  4. ^ Jeong, Hae-gun (8 January 2007). "Stars of His Voice found roles with meaning". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2015-01-06.
  5. ^ "Being Mom". The Dong-a Ilbo. 18 January 2007. Retrieved 2015-01-06.
  6. ^ "The Best Selling Films of 2007". Koreanfilm.org. Retrieved 2015-01-06.
  7. ^ "Voice of Murderer heard at box office". The Korea Times via Hancinema. 5 February 2007. Retrieved 2015-01-06.
  8. ^ Kim, Tae-jong (1 February 2007). "Director Lacks Voice in This Film". The Korea Times via Hancinema. Retrieved 2015-01-06.
  9. ^ Chun, Su-jin (28 May 2007). "DVD review: Voice of a Murderer misses mark". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2015-01-06.
  10. ^ "Keep Talking". The Dong-a Ilbo. 1 February 2007. Retrieved 2015-01-06.
  11. ^ "Voice of a Murderer - Awards". Cinemasie. Retrieved 2015-01-06.

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