The Fangirl’s Movie Review – The Advocate: A Missing Body

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Have you been wishing for a good movie with witty lawyers outsmarting evil bad guys all while giving you an intense murder mystery to solve?  If so, than The Advocate: A Missing Body is just what you have been waiting for.  Join Kmuse and Maknae as we delve into all the great aspects of this movie.

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A lawyer, Byeon Ho-Sung (Lee Sun-Kyun), takes on a murder case that doesn’t have any evidence or the body. He teams up with a prosecutor, Jin Sun-Mi (Kim Go-Eun), to uncover a hidden scheme behind the murder case.

Cast:

Lee Sun Kyun as Byeon Ho Sung (the hotshot defense lawyer)

Kim Go Eun as Jin Sun Mi (the righteous prosecutor)

Lim Won Hee as Office Manager Park (the putupon assistant to the hotshot lawyer)

Jang Hyun Sung as CEO Moon Ji Hoon (CEO with seriously misguided principles)

Kim Yoon Hye as Han Min Jung (the missing body — somebody has to play that role, right?)

Choi Jae Woong as Kim Jung Hwan (the accused killer)

 

The Advocate Trailer:

 

 

 WARNING:  Movie Spoilers Ahead

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The Plot: 

An overly-confident defense lawyer, Byeon Ho-Sung (Lee Sun-Kyun), takes on a murder case with an accused murderer, plenty of blood, but no body.  He works with a prosecutor, Jin Sun-Mi (Kim Go-Eun), to figure out what happened to the body and where it’s hidden. And that’s when NOTHING goes as expected.

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Lim Won Hee as Office Manager Park (left) and Lee Sun Kyun as Byeon Ho Sung (right).

KMUSE: I wasn’t really sure what to expect. I hadn’t even watched the trailer when Karie said this is what we should review. I am glad since I was able to just sit back and enjoy with no preconceived thoughts. For such a simplistic plot, it sure was full of fun twists and turns. I never felt that the show took itself too seriously, but I also didn’t feel that it was just the usual tropes either. A truly fun plot which kept me interested from beginning to end.

The Cinematography

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Karie the Maknae: Have to admit, I did not pay a lot of attention to the cinematography because I was so caught up in the story. But it had the right densely-populated urban feel. Nothing was jarring or out of place. And the chase in the subway station was BRILLIANT. Loved it.

KMUSE: I disagree. The directing was so crisp and interesting that even a scene where Ho Sung was rising in a glass elevator became fascinating. There is one scene where our leading man is chasing a mysterious person on a motorbike through a crowded riverfront. The scene shifted through three different riverfront locations and the action was so well orchestrated that I literally held my breath through parts. The way the director filmed movement is absolutely brilliant and I consider his directing style the true star of this movie.

Random Character Observations: 

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Karie the Maknae: One of the reasons I really wanted to watch this movie is because of Lee Sun Kyun. The only other character I’ve seen him play is the laid-back, crunchy granola older cousin of Gong Yoo’s character in Coffee Prince. I was very interested in seeing if he could play a character that seemed to be the polar opposite to that one, and I was rewarded. He did such a FABULOUS job. So, SO good. I was very impressed.

KMUSE: I also am not sure if I have seen Lee Sun Kyun in anything other than Coffee Prince. At least nothing that stands out. He always felt like he was smarter than everyone else but not in an annoying way. I was very impressed and thoroughly enjoyed his character. If they ever made another movie with him as the same character I would watch immediately.

DWASOK Advocate Park Ji Yeong

Karie the Maknae: Ok, a note to the Korean equivalent of the SGA: STOP IT. Every time I’ve watched Park Ji Yeong in something (The Liar and His Lover, Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo), she’s been cast as a powerful authority figure who ultimately betrays the main character in some way. This movie was no exception, and I’ve decided that casting her is just one big spoiler.

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Karie the Maknae: On the other hand, having seen Lim Won Hee in Strong Woman Do Bong Soon AND Dating Agency: Cyrano, I knew he had some versatility in him. And I was right. I found his office manager character to be delightful and reliable and such fun to watch.

KMUSE: Office Manager Park was my favorite character in the movie. He was so efficient but in a grumbling cranky way. His brand of grumpy loyalty was the perfect sidekick for our leading man.

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Karie the Maknae: Kim Go Eun was an interesting watch here, just because I’m used to her sunny optimism in Goblin. I didn’t like her character in Cheese in the Trap because she was flat and seemed to wander around with her mouth hanging open uselessly. (*ahem* It’s possible I’m not a Cheese in the Trap fan.) She was competent in this movie, but I had a hard time believing that she could kick butt and take names, which the prosecutor was supposed to do. But she filled the role just fine and didn’t take away from the action.

KMUSE: I felt she was a bit unbelievable in the first half of the movie. However, Sun Mi redeemed herself in the last thirty minutes. I might have even cheered a bit when she drove her car through the front door of the bad guy’s offices. I also enjoyed that Sun Mi and Ho Sung had a tiny bit of a moment but no huge romantic plot line. So, I guess what I am saying is that she was more or less OK in this movie.

Overall Review:

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Karie the Maknae:  I *loved* this movie. Fantastic plot twists, edge of my seat action, great character growth where needed, all of it brilliantly played out. It was so well done. I want a sequel. 10/10 — would watch again. I highly recommend it. (PSA for those of a conservative bent: There was some cussing, but it was minimal and the worst was bleeped out.)

KMUSE: I agree with Karie’s comments. I loved the directing, acting, and writing.  I am used to giving Korean movies a pass when it comes to plot holes since there is so little time to tell the story.  But I didn’t have to do that at all with The Advocate.  Everything was perfect and I give it an enthusiastic 10/10 and also a request for a sequel.

You can find this movie on Dramafever and, in my opinion, it is the perfect way to spend a Friday night at home.  Also, be sure to check out our other movie reviews HERE!

See you next time,

The Fangirls

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