3 February 2002 | jhs39
Grim Korean thriller
This technically well made but highly sadistic thriller is basically an inferior Korean remake of The Hitcher with a bit of Seven thrown in. While the film is different enough from The Hitcher to not qualify as a remake, there's no doubt at all that the filmmakers here saw the 1980's Rutger Hauer film--there are two scenes, one in a restaurant where the psycho tries to taunt the hero into killing him, in The Hitcher with a gun and this film with a knife, and a second where the hero falls asleep in a police station only to wake up and find the cops murdered--that are too similar to be a coincidence. As dark as the American film was The Hitcher was still entertaining because the movie moved quickly and had numerous well-directed action set-pieces. Say Yes, in contrast, is largely lacking in action besides the sadistic torture scenes late in the film.