Sunday, January 3, 2010

Itaewon Murder Case

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A college student, Jong-pil Jo, gets into an argument with some youths at fast food restaurant in Itaewon, South Korea. The boy is later found stabbed to death in the restroom of the restaurant. Two Korean-Americans, Pearson and Alex, are known to have gone into the bathroom after Jong-pil Jo and become prime suspects. The prosecution must now determine which of the two committed the crime.

Jin-yeong Jeong - Prosecutor Park
Geun-seok Jang - Pearson
Seung-hwan Shin - Alex
Kwang-rok Oh - Attorney Kim Byeon
Chang-Seok Ko - Alex's father
Jung-ki Song - Jong-pil Jo (murder victim)
Jung-ki Kim - Judge
Il-hwa Choi - Jong-pil's father
Young-chang Song

*Based on the true story of the April 3, 1997 murder of college student Jung-pil Jo. The murder took place in the bathroom of Burger King in the Itaewon district of Seoul. Jung-pil Cho was stabbed 9 times in the chest and neck. The names of the murder suspects were changed for the movie.
Two men, Arthur Patterson (the son of a U.S. military service member) & Edward Lee (a Korean-American civilian), were the primary suspects. Because of the inability to clearly identify which of the two men murdered Jung-pil Cho, the two suspects were eventually freed from lengthy prison sentences. Edward Lee appealed his conviction and was eventually cleared of all charges by the South Korean Supreme Court. Arthur Patterson was pardoned from his prison sentence and fled to the United States, helped by a Korean prosecutor's mistake to renew a travel ban on Arthur Patterson
(all info credits Asianmediawiki)

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