Year Released: 2015
Main Cast: Ko Ah Sung, Park Sung Woong, Bae Sung Woo, Kim Eui Sung, Ryoo Hyoun Kyoung
Netflix came through! If you haven’t checked out this option for Korean movies & dramas, you’re seriously missing out. They have uploaded a laundry list of dramas and movies to their roster and I, for one, am here for it. I started my binge session with the movie Office. Here’s what Asian Wiki had to say about it:
Kim Byeong-Gook works as a section chief at a company. He is a family man and reliable with at his job, but, one day, he kills his entire family and disappears. Detective Jong-Hoon investigates the murder case and talks with his Kim Byeong-Gook’s co-workers at his office. His colleagues though are not very forthcoming with details. Besides, Lee Mi-Rye, who was very close with Kim Byeong-Gook, they seem to be hiding something. Detective Jong-Hoon checks the CCTV system and observes Kim Byeong-Gook returning to work after the murders, but he can’t locate when he left the office.
Meanwhile, the co-workers at the office become shaken with anxiety over Kim Byeong-Gook’s whereabouts.
Now here’s the thing. I was excited to watch this movie but after I did…I was left with lots of questions. So consider this your warning because there will probably be spoilers ahead.
So the movie starts off with a bang. Byeong Gook comes home, has a lovely dinner, watches a bit of the boob tube and then attacks his family with a hammer. The thing I don’t like here is that he kills his son. It affected me. Not to the point of tears but enough for me to still be thinking about it days later.
Anyway, after he kills his family, he goes back to work. The police clearly see him entering the building but they can’t figure out where he is currently and there’s no footage of him leaving. Here was confusion point 1 for me: why didn’t the police search the building? They just went in there to talk to the employees and that was it.
Enter the employees! To make things short, all the employees are assholes. The only one I thought was bearable was the intern Mi-Rae. She was a timid little thing that tried too hard but had a good heart. The employees gave her so much
crap, I wanted to slap them. She is working hard to full-time time employee and everyone is doing what they can to make sure she doesn’t. When the police come to talk to the office to talk, her boss pulls her to the side and tells her to pretend that she doesn’t know Byeong Gook. I thought that was odd though because his desk was right next to hers. Of course,
she knew him. *sigh*
So the keystone cops just bumble around while Byeong Gook starts picking off his coworkers. The first person he got to, he hung his body in the drop ceiling. It was pretty graphic. While the coworkers are bitching at each other, trying to backstab each other to make sure they stay on the company’s good side, Mi-Rae the intern, is just trying to survive. She is trying to please everyone but is only just making them angry.
Mi-Rae is thinking that she’d be a shoe in for the full-time position opening up until the company hires a new intern. Someone who is pretty, more educated and likable for her. She starts to snap. And while she’s starting to lose her marbles she starts thinking about the conversations she had with Byeong Gook. About how he stays calm by stroking a knife. Somewhere along the way she starts doing the same.
Here’s when things get interesting. A coworker is in the bathroom freshening up and gets murdered. Harshly. The viewers (me) think its Byeong Gook but surprise surprise, it’s Mirae. The girl has totally flipped her lid and starts killing everyone. The kicker is, she gets away with it. I won’t go into too much spoiler detail but its crazy. You see Mirae weeks later, getting ready to get on the subway, on her phone. Then the screen fades to black.
So. Many. Questions. What happened to Byeong Gook? When does he stop killing and MiRae start? Why did he kill his family? Why are the police freaking idiots?
Overall its a good movie to waste 2 hours on. I mean to say while it was a good watch, I probably won’t watch it again. So what did you think? Have you seen the movie yet? Let me know in the comment section below.