The Wailing

Dir.: Na Hong-jin | Korea, United States 2016 | 156 min

The Korean director Na Hong-jin ('The Yellow Sea', 'Chaser') has proven himself to be one of his country's most brilliant creators of eerie atmospheres. 'The Wailing', which scared the living daylights out of Cannes audiences and which dares to turn one of South Korea's most beloved genres upside down, is about a small community where people suddenly start killing each other, and where the daughter of a police officer seems to be obsessed by something... the devil? A shaman is summoned, and the film's tone, ecstasy and madness is turned up another notch. While 'Chaser' was a taut and breathless little psychopath thriller, and 'The Yellow Sea' an erratically brilliant opera of violence with a surprising immigrant angle, the director's third hit is a grim, grandiose and baroque affair, which feels like a gradually necessary new breath of fresh air for Korean genre films. Every time you think that it has laid all its cards bare, it has new surprises up its sleeve, and it is obvious that Na Hong-jin enjoys telling stories.

Original Title
Goksung
Title
The Wailing
Country
Korea, United States
Release Year
2016
Duration
156 min.
Directors
Na Hong-jin
Producer
John Penotti, Robert Friedland
Script
Cast
Kwak Do-won, Jun Kunimura, Hwang Jung-min, Chun Woo-hee, Kim Hwan-hee, Jang So-yeon, Heo Jin.
Camera
Hong Kyung Pyo
Sound
PARK Yong Ki
Editor
Kim Sun Min
Music
Jang Young Gyu
Production Company
Side Mirror, Fox International Production (Korea) i samarbejde med Ivanhoe Pictures
Version
Dialogue: English Subtitles
Tempo
7
Thrills
8
Sighs
4
Laughs
2
Look
9
Food for thought
5