The Wailing (Goksung, 2016)

US Well Go USA Entertainment unrated Blu-ray edition


Text below written 2017-01-05



The Wailing is one of 2 South Korean Horror hits the latest year along with Train to Busan and Na's follow-up to his,
also, much talked about 2010 crime thriller The Yellow Sea. The Chaser is still my favourite Na Hong-jin movie though.
Is this a crime thriller or a horror? I think it's a Black Magic themed horror-thriller and it's beautifully shot in the Korean
countryside. Ooops, sorry if this was a SPOILER, but too late now, sorry again.

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The Wailing somewhat resembles a Chinese-Hong Kong Gong Tau movie .... or a Thai such one.
In the small countryside city of Goksung strange deaths and cases of murders start to appear which rocks the city into a
state of hysteria. Even though the nature around the town is lush the bodies of the victims looks really scary with some
sort of tumour like rashes over their bodies. A japanese man (Jun Kunimura) lives in the nearby woods and as a jap he's
suspected of being the culprit behind the crimes by the locals.

The local scared and Keystone farsical idiot cop Jong-gu (Kwak Do-won) tries to investigate the killings and meets a
strange young woman (Chun Woo-hee) lurking at a crime site. But, when Jeon Jong-gu's cute little daughter Hyo-jin
also start getting rashes and to scream and swear a lot, then his stepmother hires a ....

Holy man, a Shaman priest who like the holy men in chinese Gong Tau movies or in a Bollywood trash horror, start to do
these ancient rituals and the Shaman is played by Hwang Jung-min. Korean Shamanism, a mix of ancient Taoism and
Buddhism i guess (i'm too lazy to wikipedia it before writing this) seems to be a fascinating subject and was used to a great
effect in Park Chan-wook's amazing indie art project Night Fishing (Paramanjang).

anamorphic widescreen, DTS-HD MA 5.1 korean audio with english subtitles. Extras: only 2 featurettes and a trailer
The Beginning of the Wailing and a making of. Some trailers for other films including the great Black Coal, Thin Ice
Note: This Blu-ray disc are locked to REGION A according to the sleeve but it played without any problems also on my
Region B player
, so this edition is region A and B (or maybe region ALL)

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