The Wailing

The Wailing (2016)

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Within a seemingly peaceful village, a plague of mysterious & violent deaths suddenly take place. The police conclude poisonous wild mushrooms are the cause of the deaths. Police Officer Jong Goo hears a rumor from a coworker about a mysterious Japanese man living nearby. The rumor fingers the Japanese man as the one causing these mysterious & violent deaths. Jong Goo, while on duty, meets Moo Myeong who tells him that she read moresaw the Japanese man where the last deaths took place. Jong Goo's doubts about the man begin to waver. To his despair, his daughter Hyo Jin then comes down with the crazed symptoms similar to what the other villagers had before their deaths. Jong Goo heads out into the mountains to find the old Japanese man's home. Meanwhile, his mother-in-law calls in a shaman, Il Gwang, to perform an exorcism on Hyo Jin. Death lingers in the air.

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    Gokseong; Goksung; The Strangers;

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10 people found this review helpful
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Jul 18, 2016
  • Overall 10
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 9.5
I expected a lot from this film due to the director/writer's past works and it most certainly did not disappoint; it was a spectacular film. I wouldn't consider it a horror but it is most definitely a thriller. Very intense and suspenseful. A little gory and twisted though, so be wary if that isn't your thing (but don't let that let you miss out!)

The story of the film is not predictable read more and is quite complex in nature (in a good way, it is a mystery after all). It has many twists to it, especially towards the ending, which constantly had me second guessing the theories I'd created about what's what throughout film. Despite running for a full two and a half hours I didn't find myself losing focus or becoming bored at all. It definitely has no problems with immersion and having your full attention from start to finish. I even wish it was a little longer because the ending was confusing. However an ending that flat out pinpointed everything with no room for interpretation and discussion would take away from the mystery of the film and as we can see from the high rating I've given, the confusion I was left with did not ruin the film for me at all. To fully understand everything I'll probably have to rewatch the whole film (I would be very happy to do so) which seems to be a common occurrence with viewers, which is why I rated the rewatch value so high. Additionally, it'll be interesting to rewatch it and see what foreshadowing and little details etc were missed the first time around because I'm certain that there will be a lot more to be appreciated compared to the few I picked up. I'd also recommend looking up other viewer interpretations/explanations after you have finished the movie.

As you can probably guess by looking at some of the members of the cast, the acting in this film is really A++ with great character development and range displayed. Every member of the cast performs brilliantly. Despite the somewhat unrealistic circumstances in the film, it feels very realistic and as I've mentioned before, is very immersive, which the cast most definitely play a big part in.

This film has shot straight into my list of favourites and I 100% recommend it fans of the thriller genre and encourage any of you who are not to give this film a try. Don't let the long running time dissuade you, it really is worth sitting down and watching. I very much doubt you will be disappointed and couldn't recommend it more.
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6 people found this review helpful
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Jul 10, 2016
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.5
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 9.0
Although this movie reminds me of "The exorcist" in some aspects this isn't a horror film. It seems kind of cliché but it really isn't. There are important twists, it's full of tension moments well d'uh it's a thriller but it's a complex puzzle that it's hard to understand until the ending and still I see lot of people who did't get that ending. At the same time this great story is read more a mix of genres like comedy, horror, exorcism, gore, etc.
When a mysterious stranger moves to a small village in South Korea, the village becomes plagued by sickness. The police think a wild mushroom is to blame, but police officer Jong-goo thinks it may have something to do with the stranger. He meets a woman who gives him some information about this mysterious man, and slowly begins to fall down a rabbit hole that consumes his life. When his daughter starts to show signs of the sickness, it gets personal and he must figure out who to trust and who to avoid.
the performers have a lot of range, from facial expressions to downright melodramatic wailing. Child actor Kim Hwan-hee stands out even among a veteran ensemble cast that includes Hwang Jung-min and Jun Kunimura.These characters are dynamic; the protagonists increasingly vulnerable, and the antagonists all the more menacing. I hope that after this movie Kwak Do Won gets more main roles.
I need to watch this movie again because I need to find more clues and I have too many questions. I'm gonna recommend this movie to all my friends because it's that good but don't let those 2,5 hours fool you because it isn't boring at all.
It runs over 2.5 hours and one leaves the theater wishing there was more to explain. This would devaluate from the experience because one of the film objectives is to make think the audience go back and look at the clues and turning points, to look into one's own sense of values and want to go back to look at some references upon which the script builds. For me it's another masterpiece of Na (the movie director)
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    TheCoffeePrincess 7 days ago

    The most disturbing movie I have ever seen. And I mean it in a negative way.

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    8man Jul 17, 2017

    a work of genius. 10/10 no doubt

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    LadyVengeance Jun 18, 2017

    This is the movie that made me lose my mind, just remembering it I shudder! It is a work of art, without words!

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    Veronica Apr 23, 2017

    This is a really good movie! Not as scary as I thought it would be, though.

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    hongberg Apr 17, 2017

    I loved it! It's not the jumpscare kind of horror movie, but the kind that leaves your mind disturbed and amazed at the same time. I read a lot of interpretations about this movie right after I watched it, and it's awesome how depending on the angle that you're looking at, you could come up with so many conclusions. The exorcism scene was great and the final confrontation scene too gave me goosebumps. I'm easily scared by horror movies so I found it hard to sleep after I watched it. LOL

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    leesara Dec 30, 2016

    I hate this sort of religion/possession-based horror and usually totally avoid it but I am sooooo curious about this film for some reason but just can't bring myself to watch it! I've read it's ominous throughout but can anyone tell me about the really scary or jumpy scenes without giving too much away?

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    Far Dec 28, 2016

    The Wailing is indeed that one good creepy movie!
    The amount of twists in this movie are no joke though...

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    John Dec 24, 2016

    I finally decided to give this movie a watching after reading about all the praise it's been getting among the horror community. The child actress did an amazing job portraying Hyo Jin. The movie was long, but it kept me engaged the entire time.

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    mini Nov 22, 2016

    Not my tea, loved the child actor's acting!

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    Inessa974 Nov 8, 2016 - edited

    Great movie! It's a long movie (2h36) but I never got bored. The scenario was complex but captivating, with lots of suspense and twists. It's more a mystery/thriller than a horror movie, so it was not really scary but some scenes were quite hard and the atmosphere of the movie was so dark and disturbing that in the end I was scared lol.

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    KarolK Oct 17, 2016

    Really good!!!

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    Queen_Makjang Sep 13, 2016

    10. Solid. Very glad I was able to rent this on Playstation. ;-)

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    Mariana Sep 10, 2016

    Despite the fact of being a very long movie this movie is a masterpiece, You can think que the story is a little cliché, but this movie is different! In the end it will leave you with so many questions, but if you pay attention the whole thing is related and it all makes sense! Kim Hwan Hee was amazing on her role! I recomend this movie!


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    South Korea
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  • Release Date:

    May 11, 2016
  • Duration:

    2 hr. 36 min.


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    7.9 (scored by 703 users)
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