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Is it known who is the killer after the ending scene? The former detective looked very intense, as if he finally understood who was the serial killer, but it's not very clear.

Was it the guy he let go some years ago near the railroad tunnel?

Also, is the actor who played the killer in that half-second scene listed in the credits? If so, then did he play any other characters in the movie?

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I think the film is a fantastic one. The director manage to break the fourth wall even without us realizing it. In one part we are in the murderers perspective on a tree, and he had to choose which one to rape (the little girl or the woman Detective Park was seeing), here the audience is engaged into choosing who should be rape; which most of us the audience would pick the little girl because we didn't want the nurse to be the one (or maybe I'm the only person who chose the girl). In addition to that, Detective Park's so called 'shaman's eyes' is mentioned a few times probably because he is bo –  user7338 Dec 27 '13 at 16:05

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No, it isn't known who the killer is. The film is based on a real-life event, the Hwaseong serial murders, which is an unsolved case in Korea. The film too can therefore only end on a similarly unresolved note.

From Wikipedia:

In the end, the crimes remain unsolved. Visiting the crime scene years later in 2003, Park Doo-man, now a businessman, learns from a little girl that the scene had recently been visited by another, unknown man with a 'plain' face. The little girl had asked him why that man was looking at a drain (from the scene of the second murder, which is shown at the start of the film), and he told her that he was reminiscing about something he did there a long time ago.

The final scene where Detective Park stares at the camera is open to interpretation. But, one of the interpretations is that he is convinced that this man with the plain face must have been the killer and that he could be just about any Korean. Park then looks through the camera at the audience trying to locate the murderer as the Hwaseong killer is surely watching the film himself.

Also, the factory worker who was the prime suspect could well have been the killer in the film as the DNA test results from the US do not exonerate him. They simply state that the evidence is inconclusive.

I have no idea about the OP's question on the credits for the half-second scene. But it is unlikely that such a credit has been listed.

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+1, got the same answer when searched. –  Ankit Sharma Nov 18 '13 at 7:09

sumtng struck up !! the semen test was a not match right !! and the retarded guy explained in detail on the gals murder !! so after the murderer had left the retarded one must have mastrubated on her body !! and tats one tings solved ! and the killer might just be anyone but the sad letter song request is just too much of a coincidence ! so i vote the last guy running into the tunnel as the killer !

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I think the ending just saying he was wrong the whole time. They were so sure it was that park guy until the evidence suggest other wise. Who is really the killer? Whose knows

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This isn't really an answer. –  Meat Trademark Apr 19 at 10:39

The electrical guy/engineer when they were torturing the pervet guy in a red skirt was... kind of spooky. I am sure he was the murderer!

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