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Gok-seong (2016)

Horror | 156 minutes
3,36 327 votes

Genre: Horror / Drama

Duration: 156 minuten

Alternative titles: The Wailing / Goksung / 곡성

Country: South Korea

Directed by: Hong-jin Na

Starst: Kwak Do-won, Hwang Jung-min and Woo-hee Chun

IMDb score: 7,4 (83.912)

Releasedate: 12 May 2016

Gok-seong plot

"Never be tempted."

A detective investigates a series of bizarre murders that have taken place in the village. During his search for the perpetrator, he gets the suspicion that the murders may have a link with his own daughter. In all desperation, he then tries to save his daughter.

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Another very fine South Korean film. Anyway, it's a cinema that I generally like very much, and The Wailing is another excellent example of this. While genre hopping, we see, in a very beautifully filmed way, the (police) investigation into a mysterious disease in the Korean countryside, in which people for unknown reasons cause bloody massacres among their families. Although the film features many familiar elements, such as extensive and regular clumsy police work, a exorcism and multiple zombie movie-like scenes, the film is generally not that formulaic and therefore surprising enough, and ( like I said before) visually very nice. I personally think the mix of genres is very nice and well done, but I can imagine that some people who are waiting for something more serious, for example a serious horror or detective, will not completely agree with that. In any case, I am having a great time with it, although the film is a bit too long. And after Chugyeogya I will also look up that other film by Hong-Jin Na, this leaves me wanting more.

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