The Wailing (Goksung)

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Director: Na Hong Jin
Cast: Kwak Do Won, Hwang Jung Min, Jun Kunimura
Genre: Drama, Horror
Language: Korean with English subtitles
Country of Origin: South Korea 2016 156 mins. (15)
Released by Kaleidoscope Entertainment

After his impressive 2008 serial killer thriller 'The Chaser' and the crime drama 'The Yellow Sea' (2010), South Korean writer-director Na Hong Jin's moves into supernatural thriller territory with 'The Wailing,' all torrential rain, nightmarish dream sequences, blood and gore and evil lurking here and beyond.

A double murder, more killings, unexplained body rashes, a mysterious Japanese man (Jun Kunimura) who's rumoured to be the man with fiery red eyes seen eating a deer carcass and a local woman, Moo-myeong (Chun Woo-hee) who warns of disaster to come. Village life in Goksung will never be the same. As the investigation unfolds well-meaning, bit of a comic Sgt. Jong-goo's (Kwak Do Won) suffers with nightmares and his young daughter Hyo-jin, superbly played by Kim Hwan-hee does a full on Linda Blair, Exorcist, filthy language in-your-face. The local priest won't help and a traditional Korean sharman (Hwang Jung-min) is summoned to exorcise the demon which worsens the situation.

An atmospheric, intense, slow burn, beautifully shot who dunnit with plot twists and turns and flashes of unexpected humour that moves full blast crazy into what's real and what's supernatural demonic possession. Stick with the lengthy 156 minutes and make what you will of the final frames.

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Friday, November 25, 2016 - 00:45