4th Period Mystery

Here is a review of the top K drama film, 4th Period Mystery

IMDB: 6.0/10

Rotten Tomatoes: 33%

This contains the spoiler for this Movie

Hangul: 4교시 추리영역

Hanja: N/A

Released date: August 12, 2009

Genres: Action, Drama, Horror, Crime, Mystery, and Thriller

Distributed By: Lotte Entertainment

Directed By: Lee Sang-yong

Written By: Shin Jai-ho

Produced By: Seo Myung-jin

Original language: Korean

Budget: N/A

Box office: $360,944

4th Period Mystery – Storyline

Yoo Seung-ho’s Han Jeong-hoon is highly well-liked by his other students and is quite popular with the girls. The one person with whom he does not get along well is Tae-gyu (Jo Sang-geun), and the two finally clash. This is why it doesn’t seem promising when Jeong-hoon discovers Tae-gyu dead and covered in blood in their classroom shortly after. The young boy is in complete shock and unsure what to do.

Fortunately, that’s the moment Da-jeong aka “Curtain” (Kang So-ra) walks into the lecture hall. The quiet girl knows precisely what to do and, along with Jeong-hoon, wants to identify the actual perpetrator before the end of the fourth period because, at present, everything points to the boy being the murderer. The shy girl typically hides behind her hair and enjoys reading detective fiction.

The inquiry is moving quickly even though the school is now being inspected, so the two must take extra caution to avoid being observed in the hallways. A suspect is quickly identified, but as time passes, more and more pieces of information emerge that put the case in a different light.

Cast

Real Name Movie name
Chi-yong Ahn School Inspector
In-sook Choi School Inspector’s Secretary
Jae-sang Han Korean Teacher
Soo-hyang Im Fan #1
Yun-hie Jo English Professor (as Yoon-hee Jo)
Jeon Joon-Hong Prof. Byeong-soo
Dong-beom Kim Do-il
Joon-hyeok Kim Student

4th Period Mystery

4th Period Mystery – Review

A film about some adolescents trying to solve a murder at their school? Sounds like one of those movies on Saturdays. However, “4th Period Mystery” shows that Korea can be rather imaginative in this area as well, as the film is an intriguing blend of a thriller and a high school drama, albeit the latter is only partially the case.

You can’t deny, though, that the movie stands out from the pack in part due to its atmosphere, which can alternate between being tense and engrossing and a touch lighter and funnier than we might have anticipated. Even while this combination only partially works and the picture struggles with several flat characters, we are kept fascinated right up to the very end in part due to the movie’s short running time, which doesn’t even reach the 90-minute mark. Only a slight increase in tension occurs as the plot develops, but when more adrenaline-pumping moments occur, they work out really effectively. Although it’s not a major movie, “4th Period Mystery” is nonetheless enjoyable.

However, Lee Sang-yong, the director, has some significant issues with the illustration of his characters in his first film. The awkward girl who hides behind her hair is a portrayal that doesn’t seem quite challenging enough to be convincing.

Her transformation into a beautiful swan looks too forced, which is further emphasized by the unnecessary ending. In addition, Jeong-hoon, who is played by (former child) actor Yoo Seung-ho (“The Way Home,” “Heart is…”), never quite comes across as the confident number one at the school that he supposedly is. The two characters are still likable at the end, despite everything.

As the movie goes on, we begin to root for them, but sadly, they are without a doubt lacking substance. In that regard, the teaching staff can provide better service. More than the others, two more or less well-known actors—Jeong Seok-yong and Park Cheol-min, who both appeared in the drama series “Beethoven Virus”—stand out. Together with the other teachers, they improve the overall quality of the film, but they are unable to make up for the flaws.

Given that the film spends the first third of its running time introducing the characters, it seems all the more odd that they aren’t fully developed. Everyone seems to be concealing something, and instructors in particular are acting strangely.

However, it’s also possible that this is merely the result of how bizarre professors tend to be in general. It shouldn’t be shocking that the murderer appears to be located rather easily because the “4th Mystery Period” seeks to confuse us once the two students have been brought before the murder victim. As a result, the movie has the opportunity to give the spectator one or two twists.

Fortunately, there are a few hints dotted throughout the film from which the astute spectator won’t have any trouble deducing the truth right away, so some of the explanation, frequently in the form of flashbacks, seems somewhat needless. The fact that we don’t learn anything about the perpetrator’s true motive until the very end is frustrating as well, since it suggests that making assumptions about who the real perpetrator is will, of course, have no effect.

When Da-jeong discovers the body, she is completely at ease. Since she has always been interested in detective fiction, this murder case is a wonderful diversion from her typical school day routine. In actuality, as the initial episode with the other youngster who seemed to have been poisoned suggests, she has always been waiting for a dead pupil. She grabs her camera right away and starts taking shots of the situation.

A cheap plot device used to heighten the romantic tension of the film is the revelation that Da-jeong is actually a stunning woman hidden behind her hair veil. But the romance happily takes a backseat until the very end. The show’s other title, “Detectives in 40 Minutes,” doesn’t merely cater to young people. Even grownups will find the occasionally intriguing hunt for the culprit to be exciting.

It doesn’t appear to be a game. The murder sequence, which is very graphic, demonstrates that the movie is truly intended for an older audience.

Before shooting his debut film with its own idiosyncrasies, filmmaker Lee Sang-yong had already served as an assistant director on “My Dear Enemy” and “The Houseguest and My Mother.” The two students frequently had to sprint through the school’s hallways in search of new clues, and Lee understood how to make the most of the environment of the school for his narrative.

The tension and adrenaline element are increased by the camera shaking during the various pursuit sequences, and the music also contributes to the ambiance. Ultimately, the storyline and the character illustrations should have been more intricate, but the film’s short running length and effective use of most of its time allow it to generate some excellent tension. The edgy approach of “4th Period Mystery” is a refreshing departure from other thrillers, even if this also means that the movie lacks the finishing touch.

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