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Park Shi-hoo bares skin for serial killer role
by | October 28, 2012 | 157 Comments

Helloooo, nurse! It seems decidedly wrong that a serial killer ought to look like Park Shi-hoo, but then that’s sort of the slick twist on his new movie. It’s an action crime thriller called I Am a Murderer, about a serial killer who literally gets away with murder… and then outs himself as a bestselling author and true crime celebrity, making him rich and famous for killing people. Jeepers. Jung Jae-young stars as the homicide detective determined to make him pay for his crimes.

The story is pretty awesomely twisted: Park Shi-hoo stars as a killer who successfully evades capture for fifteen years, and then once the statute of limitations passes on his crimes (ten murders in total), he writes a shocking tell-all biography called I Am a Murderer. It makes him famous overnight, and suddenly he’s enjoying life in the lap of luxury (hence the hotel swimming pool and team of hired bodyguards). I just love the sick true-to-life commentary on how being a handsome and well-marketed killer could get him fame and fortune.

Park Shi-hoo is chillingly cunning in the trailer and stills — publicly asking for forgiveness for his crimes like the guilt is what’s driving him, all the while enjoying the notoriety like it’s all a game. Jung Jae-young plays the lead detective on the case, or rather the ex-lead detective, as the case is now dead in the water. He’s the one person who refuses to let it go, and thus begins the game of cat and mouse between the man who got away with the crime of the century and the cop who’s hellbent on getting justice.

What a great setup; I can’t wait to watch mind games unfold. Bring it on. I won’t be fooled by the Pretty!

…I won’t! No really, I won’t! *squeezes eyes shut*

I Am a Murderer hits theaters November 8.

Via TV Report


157 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. mems

    I like him so very much….and yet I haven’t picked up a single project of his. I think it’s time to start watching A Princess’s Man ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 1.1 Awe

      just as long as you stay away from Princess Prosecutor. oy…not his best…not his fault…craptacular storyline and fem lead gone wrong.

      • 1.1.1 True2u


        • Mari

          Did you actually finish PP? I had such a hard time finishing the first 3 episodes and almost gave up. Then it got good!!!! I mention before that it has one of the sweetest ending ever!!! One of my top 10 favorites

          • ...

            I agree!!! it seemed to be going in one direction (stupid and makjang), but ended up getting so much better!!! it really is worth sticking through with this one… i gave up at ep3, and then restarted again because my friend encouraged me. so glad i did!

          • MsB

            I agree! The first 3-4 episodes were crap but for the sake of PSH, I continued and it did actually get much better.

      • 1.1.2 tubunny

        I beg to differ.
        That was a great drama! Good cast, good acting, and fantastic hijinks ๐Ÿ™‚

        • ilikemangos

          With you.
          Prosecutor princess was the show that exposed park shi hoo to me, and i fell for this guy. The show was way underrated. Totally deserved to be on the list of best dramas for that year.
          And then he just wowed me further in princesses man <3 my favorite saeguk.

          • eny

            me too, i can enjoy that dama

          • Syb

            I loved it too! I even purchased the dvds!!!

          • ella zala

            i was hooked for the first 3 episodes because of the pretty..SHOES!!!!!!

            and later the story got better ^^

        • same here..Prosecutor Princess made me a PSH fan..his awesome there..and totally gorgeous..i haven’t paid much attention to him when i first saw him in Iljimae (maybe because of LJK). But when i saw PP, he totally wowed me! i’ll be his fan till death ๐Ÿ™‚

          • mary

            Us too! All my friends who watched PP liked it too because of PSH. ๐Ÿ˜€

          • dazzle95

            Well, I got hooked at Family Honor….. 50 plus episodes of Park Shi Hoo:)

          • i haven’t watched Family Honor yet..but i’m planning to watch it soon..

          • paper

            Family Honor did it for me also :p But I fell even more in love with him (if that were possible) after PP ๐Ÿ˜€

            Iljimae was kinda a train-wreck LOL so I didn’t pay attention to anyone really~ actually watched it for HHJ (don’t ask me why) :< Queen of Reversals though~~ hot dayyyyum D;

            You girls should check out his work prior to Iljimae tehehehehe

            Thanks for the info ๐Ÿ˜€ Fingers crossed this baby gets released on Blu-ray and come up on Yesasia for me to buy ๐Ÿ˜€

        • Bengbeng

          totally agree with you. I love PP drama too!

        • Kate

          I agree. I think Prosecutor Princess was great! That’s how I got to know Park Shi Hoo.

      • 1.1.3 kit

        I thought the same after trying to watch the first two episodes.

        Then I was so bored one holidays I read all sixteen recaps of it on dramabeans here and was like K GETTING ONBOARD and i was shaking and crying and screaming twelve hours later. It’s quite brilliant.

      • 1.1.4 Lovebug

        Gasp! Sacrilege! Prosecutor Princess remains one of my Fave Dramas of all time, though it does take a couple of episodes to get good, then its like AMAZING! Sigh where I first fell in love for PSH.

      • 1.1.5 Jess

        Whaaaaatttt?! I loved Prosecutor Princess! It’s one of my fave dramas and THAT was what got me into Park Shi Hoo! ๐Ÿ˜€

    • 1.2 girlatsea

      You’ve been missing out!! Definitely start The Princess’ Man is one of my favorite dramas of all time.

    • 1.3 lenrasoon

      “Prosecutor Princess” is the drama that made me love him and there are recaps here too ^_^ i’m sure you won’t regret watching.

    • 1.4 Alex

      I first saw him in Queen of Reversals with Kim Nam Joo and he left a pretty good impression.

      I saw part of A Princess’s Man but couldn’t get through it despite the buzz.

      • 1.4.1 news

        I couldn’t get into The Princess’ Man either and I watched all episodes. But QOR, I loved.

    • 1.5 Whitley

      Don’t listen to that person. Prosecutor Princess is amazing. I’ve watched it at least five times and I still squee over it at all the squee-able parts even though I know they’re coming. In fact, it’s better than The Princess’s Man in my opinion. Start there!

      • 1.5.1 Jinsight

        Totally agree!

      • 1.5.2 Miss D

        Yeah watch Prosecutor Princess! Even though it’s not the best drama out there, it’s still a good time….PLUS there’s lots of broody shower scenes so that a big plus.

      • 1.5.3 shepo

        yeah,,start with PP,and you will fall in love with PSH forever..

    • 1.6 rainy

      the same with me…i have prosecutor princess and princess’ man in my list but haven’t started it yet ๐Ÿ˜€

      • 1.6.1 eny

        i’m not interesting about love story in princess man i just love the conflict of friendship n thrown

    • 1.7 Beekinga

      nay! start by “Family’s honour” before any other. Or by “How to meet a perfect neighbour” In that one he literally stole the show… As well as Queen of reversals. I fell in love with him in Iljimae, though =0) (It was the first time I saw him) I need him in another 50 + show please-

      • he was awesome in How To Meet Your Perfect Neighbor. I have no plans watching it before because i though he was just the second lead. i don’t want to feel the pain watching him cry in the end because he didn’t end up with the girl. But then, when i learned that it turned out that he actually stole the girl from Kim Seung Woo, i hurriedly downloaded all the episodes and started watching. It’s a good move that the writer decided to change the flow of the story. It made the drama more interesting to watch. ๐Ÿ™‚

        same goes for Queen of Reversals.. ๐Ÿ™‚

        • Beekinga

          yup! In both occasions Park Shi Hoo did away with Kim Seung Woo’ woman. In how to meet it was his sweetheart in the drama, in Queen it was his real wife =0)

        • rainaraina

          loved so much in How To Meet Your Perfect Neighbor and cried so much with the female lead but the prosecutor princess is the bestest drama he played in at least according to me , he even is the cause for me to start watching Kdrama , he is such a hunky guy <3

    • 1.8 kookicookie

      His hair style reminds me of the main character in Death Note.

      • 1.8.1 kaka

        Do you mean Yagami Light? You’re right! Even his expression is similar with Light (the killer smile in last picture).

    • 1.9 Carole McDonnell

      Ah, so that’s what he’s in? Am gonna start watching it as well. Hope it’s good. Ah, male lusciousness.

    • 1.10 pepperandice

      oh darling good choice on princess’s man, thats the first drama i watched him in and my god hes sooo good in it and its not just him, the whole drama is seriously my top 3 its so well done, strap yourself in for a good addicted 20+hours!! lol

    • 1.11 Jess

      Princess’ Man was good! Even my mom (who seldom enjoys k-dramas) loved it. It does drag here and there, but it’s still a good drama. ๐Ÿ™‚ Give it try.

  2. mems

    Sorry, *The Princess’s Man

  3. Chanel

    A much longer preview vod

  4. aoiaheen

    OMG. That last poster was chilling! PSH looks sooooo evil!

    And the first shot! Mr Hand Towel better watch out.

  5. Mystisith

    I vote to change the title: “Killer Smile”.

    • 5.1 Raine

      I agree! OMG I’ve been waiting forever. And we have new photos coming out. If it’s PSH, there can never be too many photos. Now i”ll have to update the photogallery on my blog… PSH! Thanks DB for bringing us the news.

      GF – I will most decidedly be fooled by the pretty. He’s my pretty. My…precioussss….no, I’m not a scary fangirl. No, no no…

      • 5.1.1 JoAnne

        sasaeng yeodongsaeng – chilliyeyo

      • 5.1.2 Brian

        LOL I was wondering if you saw this! I know you’re a big PSH fan from your blog ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 5.2 kumi

      I vote to change the serial killer to killer serial.

    • oh, yes..the smile..HIS SMILE! i so love it! ๐Ÿ™‚

      • 5.3.1 Toystar

        So do I and I can’t forget the abs yummy!

  6. Mawiie

    That smile in the poster is sending chills over my spine… But now I can not dissociate the killer smile with the speedo shot… If I dream of hot serial killers going around luring people with their pretty faces and hot bodies I’ll come back and sue someone xD

  7. kakashi

    Here I was, thinking about Park Shi-hoo, thinking I haven’t been to my favorite blog for a while and … BAM, the hottness on my screen is killing me!! I so wished I could watch Korean movies when they come out.
    Park Shi-hoo, hurry up with that Alice drama. I seriously can’t wait any longer for your return.

    • 7.1 dulcedeleche

      SAME. I need more PSH in my life

  8. mtoh

    Wuhuhu, something good to watch soon.
    1st he’ll scare us, then melt our hearts in new drama.

  9. Noelle

    Wait, hold on a minute. There is a statute of limitations on murder in Korea? That is so odd. I need to wrap my head around that.

    So Park Shi Hoo being all evil is awesome. I like it when actors decide to throw away their images and do something with meat. I can’t wait to watch this.

    • 9.1 Noelle

      also, love the smirk on the book cover. cheeky.

    • 9.2 pipit

      “There is a statute of limitations on murder in Korea?”
      I’m wondering about the same thing too. Why do they have to limit it? It doesn’t seem fair at all for all the victims and the bereaved!

      Love the last picture the most. His chilling smile is lethal!

      • 9.2.1 kaka

        I know right? Sadly, there are still a lot of countries use it, not only Korea. Even my country use it, too. Sigh.
        Maybe someday, after lots of dramas and movies adapting this law, they will change it.

        • dulcedeleche

          It makes sense though. Quoting wiki, ” One reason is that, over time, evidence can be corrupted or disappear, memories fade, crime scenes are changed, and companies dispose of records. The best time to bring a lawsuit is while the evidence is not lost and as close as possible to the alleged illegal behavior. “

          • pipit

            Not arguing the quote from wiki for it is true. However, my bone of contention is with the loophole that makes a murderer a free man after a period of time because of technicality.
            There should be an article that states no matter how long it is once someone is found guilty beyond reasonable doubt he could be prosecuted accordingly. Only then justice could be served.

          • Fab

            That excuse can’t be used nowadays where technologie is widely improved. Think DNA . People never forget such thing as murder and due to the digital world improving, there’s always a lot of footage. I mean they even catch child molesters from decades ago…

            BTW I thought that I read a while ago that they would scrap that limitation in SK, not sure from when.

          • kaka

            At the first glance, 15 or 25 years seems long enough for prosecuting, right? But actually there are a lot of cases that need more than that.
            For example, if the criminal is a powerful person or powerful organization, the victim’s side must wait for a long time until the criminal is not powerful enough to interfere the prosecution.

      • 9.2.2 Carole McDonnell

        I know Japan changed it’s 15 year statue of limitation on murder after a drama that dealt with that. So, if Korea hasn’t changed their laws yet, who knows? Maybe this movie will do the trick. (Although, didn’t Vampire Prosecutor do an episode where a female murderer didn’t get away ….and got arrested in the nick of time before the statute ran out?

    • 9.3 cherkell

      We were just discussing this on the Soompi “Five Fingers” forum, where the 15-year statute of limitations is a major portion of the plotline. I quote from one of my international law journals:

      “Korea will scrap the statute limiting the time for prosecuting murderers as early as this year [2012] in an effort to better protect the lives of citizens, officials said Thursday. The measure reflects growing public demand that the country abolish the statutes of limitations on premeditated homicide as well as crimes against children. Last year, the country removed such a statute on sexual abuse against disabled people and children under the age of 13.

      The Ministry of Justice said it will submit a revised bill that calls for the removal of the statutory period for first-degree murder for National Assembly approval this year. If the bill is passed, it will be retroactively applied to murders committed after 1997.

      In 2007, Korea extended the statutory period for crimes that are punishable by the death sentence, including premeditated murder, to 25 years from the previous 15 years. However, civic groups have urged the government to remove it, citing high-profile murder cases that happened long ago, but have remained unresolved.” (emphasis mine)

      The operative word here is “premeditated” — the cops would have to prove that a criminal plotted the murder from the get-go. So I do not understand why Raine’s Sweetie isn’t being prosecuted, as his killings have definitely been proven to be classified as premeditated. But as of 15 October, this new law has yet to be passed and is still swirling around in their legislature. I guess the Korean Government moves as slowly as it does here in the U.S. ๐Ÿ™

      • 9.3.1 visitor

        Wow, I really hope they pass it soon – 15 years especially is an ABSURDLY short time. If it allows for a scenario like the plot of this movie to be remotely plausible, that should be a great big red flag that something is WRONG.

        It’s not just about punishing past crimes – it’s also about protecting everyone else. Who says that a murderer who killed 15 years ago, and was not punished, would have any compunction about doing it again? I mean, come on people, who would it benefit to have such a short statute of limitations?

        • pipit

          Apparently Park Shi Hoo the good looking killer with killer body ^-^

          I sincerely hope that this movie will be a huge hit and powerful enough to affect how people feel about this statute of limitation after wacthing it.

    • 9.4 MsB

      The statute freaked me out the first time I saw it in a drama. I believe they changed it from 15 to 20 years or was that for a different crime. But still, wow!

  10. 10 nomu nomu nomu

    I love a good Psychological Thriller. Looks exciting and will definitely check it out.

    Unfortunately, some will be fooled by the pretty. Whether in real life or drama/movies, a character should be judged on their actions and not how swoon worthy they are or how adorable they are with another significant other.

    so in conclusion, I hope Park Shi-hoo characters fry for the ten murder he did. *cheering for the cop*

    • 10.1 mary

      I read in earlier announcements of this movie (here on Dramabeans) that the conflict was supposedly:

      Now that the ex-killer is famous via book, there are similar murders happening in the present.

      The cop must work reluctantly with the ex-killer, under the assumption that these are copycat murders. All the while suspecting that it’s still ex-killer all along.

      — Not sure if the plot changed drastically since then.

      • 10.1.1 nomu nomu nomu

        Like other crime thrillers, I’m thinking there is a copy-cat killer, but it does not rule out that the “ex-killer” was actually responsible for at least one or more of the new killing. Thus, giving us a chance for a long over due justice.

  11. 11 Llamaesque

    This looks like the next entry in tVn’s Oh boy series: Flower Boy serial killer. (Tagline: pluck him before he plucks you.)

    • 11.1 Mystisith

      LOLOLOL!!!!!!!! *Applauds*

    • 11.2 canxi


      So, this is what The Flower Boy Next Door (actual title of third installment) is really about. I would watch it.

    • 11.3 Danna

      Their having a flower boy neihhbours drama coming up next year

    • 11.4 modestgoddess

      I’d watch that drama

    • 11.5 Raine

      Nom nom nom! HEHEHEHEHE

    • 11.6 lenrasoon

      lmao omg

  12. 12 canxi

    Coooooool. Definitely love a twisted thriller movie. So hope Park Shi Hoo’s character gets what’s coming to him! Also, that scar on the cop’s face! Ow D:

    Sad, though, that young, handsome, smart serial killers actually are not a thing of fiction.

  13. 13 mud

    Soooo watching this! The poster actually reminds me of “The Chaser”, which was another (my favourite!) wonderful thriller.

  14. 14 Pitch

    Oh my, the trailer looks amazing!

  15. 15 Rach^^


  16. 16 apple

    Jung Jae-young is one hell of an actor and I cannot wait to see him in this one.

  17. 17 Anvesha

    Finally!! I’ve been waiting for this movie for so long!! When I heard about his drama, I searched for it again.. Thanks for the news!

  18. 18 Laurita

    A statute of limitations on murder? :O Is it really?

    I missed Park Shi-hoo… But… won’t it be weird to like the murder?

    • 18.1 Kayleigh

      Well, I don’t know about you but death by Park Shi-hoo seems as good a way to go as any

  19. 19 Jilly

    The premise gives me the chills. That’s a skip for Jill. I might take a peek at that pool scene though ๐Ÿ˜›

  20. 20 CM

    Interesting how the story in Prosecutor Princess had to do with *SPOILER* statute of limitations on murder as well lol. This one takes it to a whole other level of interesting though:D And also I really don’t get why people don’t like PP, I’ve seen way worse dramas praised high and low…it had a story that didn’t drag, character growth, no annoying second leads, acting was okay, chemistry was perfect, no complains for directing. Some of the side stories were a bit meh, especially the other two prosecutors’ love story, but sweet anyway.

  21. 21 Mara

    Omo, omo, if serial killers looked like PSH I could understand why there are jail wives. Smoking hot! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  22. 22 Lila

    I think he may just be the hottest serial killer I’ve ever seen

  23. 23 ultramarineblue

    His smirk in the poster and the fifth pic *dies*

    I think he has one of the BEST smiles I have ever seen. I look forward to the movie!

  24. 24 Nilechoclat

    park shi hoooooooooo I hope More drama more movie and more of the handsome korean actor for me I hope your success .

  25. 25 Carole McDonnell

    Why am i such a sucker for a hottie serial killer with a devilish smirk?

  26. 26 Aya

    now now, let’s not forget the actors, idols and entertainers who are handsome, well-marketed and who are real killers, druggies, abusers, rapists and douchebags.
    Clearly, those koreans are above the law and they have the full support and love from their fans and the government โ™ฅ

  27. 27 mskololia

    Nice body and killer smile, but there’s no way I’d help a serial killer of women (?) get rich or root for anything other than his brutal demise at the end.

    I may watch if I find out he dies.

  28. 28 KDrama Fan

    Thanks for the heads up GF.

    PSH has never looked so good. And this movie role sounds great. Awful but great. I can already imagine JJY as the frustrated detective. Feel for him already.

    Want to watch this.

  29. 29 crazedlu

    Oh My Duuuuude! Love the premise! On Team Jung Jaeyoung! Justiiiiiice! I just love the dude too. Cannot wait to see this.

  30. 30 ck1Oz

    Err…he actually has a scary smile like I don’t want to approach him.Eek.

  31. 31 MIchelle

    i like the plot is very interesing and unique but the problem is that i cant watch on usa network for over a year

  32. 32 CrazilyAddicted

    sounds interesting! and park shi hoo? that just makes it so much better.

  33. 33 aX

    … his body is OKAY. =/

  34. 34 reallycool

    Movie of the year? Maybe

  35. 35 eny

    the story seem good

  36. 36 lenrasoon

    Yesss i’m so excited, although it will take a while until i can watch it since i’m not in Korea but this is something to look forward to.

  37. 37 lovepark

    Park Shi-hoo is standing there almost naked, and all I could think of was JUNG JAE-YOUNG!!! He is so awesome!
    I hope the movie turned out well. Can’t wait to see it.

  38. 38 katiamon

    lordy!!!!! so freaking hot *o* … im afraid that if i stare for long i might turn blind. it’s a twisted character though, i would’t convince myself to watch eventhough it seems like fan service galore hehehe

  39. 39 Lucky


  40. 40 risa

    er…yeay (for the nude)?
    *completely ignoring the serial killer bit, ahem..*

    • 40.1 the original risa

      Hi risa~ Just wondering if you knew that someone else (me) has been using the screen name “risa” for a while now on DB, or if this is an odd coincidence? I sure would appreciate it if you’d use a different screen name here so that we can keep our “voices” distinct.

  41. 41 Dona A.

    That smile give me chills at the same it makes me smile. lol.

  42. 42 lizzie

    It seems he is lacking the half low area…


    Love the poster his smile is killer

    • 42.1 Cupcake

      HAHAHA!!! My thought exactly ! Surprise that you’re the first to mention it…:-)

    • 42.2 aX

      … I didn’t want to say! =X

  43. 43 lizzie

    the statute of limitations passes on his crimes ..

    well in my country is like this too. The max someone can be in jail is for 30 years and nothing more.

    No matter what crime they did. Sad but true.

    And once the stature of limitations passes they won’t go to jail anyway…

  44. 44 kaedejun

    YES – of course he’d get away scot free with his smile – how can you arrest a fine looking man like that?! I thought the story was someone was doing copycat murders of his crimes, but it’s much more intriguing that he outright admitted to doing them, but isn’t making it any easier to catch him.

    • 44.1 gummimochi

      You sure got to this party late. Where were you to protect your husband?! ๐Ÿ˜›

  45. 45 chichiri

    I haven’t noticed it before, but PSH looks like Song Joong Ki aged 15yrs.

  46. 46 Cindy

    In my country there is a statute of limitations on murder.

    After 20 years you cannot go to jail anymore or pay for murder….

  47. 47 one_nee

    wow.. this seems interesting..
    i hope the story and acting is as good as it seems, since this kind of story need strong story and acting to make it great =)
    cant wait =)

  48. 48 Janine

    sounds like Jack the ripper.
    saw the book today.
    Well he look good based on the poster..and heard also he can act well.

    Im looking forward with his project with Moon geun young.
    They look good together.

  49. 49 red

    awesome. *nose bleeds*

  50. 50 ___


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