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The Wailing 2016

7.5

In rural Korea a policeman starts to investigate peculiar and violent events that most of the people in his village attribute to the arrival of a new Japanese resident. As the occurrences keep multiplying, and different perspectives in the film are shown, you start to lose touch with reality in the face of what can only be described as genius film-making. As critic Jada Yuan puts it, the film operates on a level “that makes most American cinema seem clunky and unimaginative”. For this reason, and while The Wailing is a true horror flick with a great premise, it’s also more than just that: it boosts a mind-boggling, interesting plot that will have you thinking about it long after the credits roll. Protip: grab the person next to you and make them watch this movie with you so you can have someone to discuss it with after!

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The 345 Critic
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The 345 Critic

I started watching this film and about an hour and thirty minutes into the film, I paused it. I then realized that I had an hour left in the movie! Run-time aside, all I can say is HOLY CRAP what an ending! This film is dark. South Koreans really know their stuff. The Wailing had me from the very beginning as it takes off pretty fast. It’s not 100% horror…it’s more like 95%. There were some funny tid-bits tossed in. That was refreshing. A solid 4.5 stars. I live in the Cayman Islands and our police force do not carry… Read more »

cstonerun
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cstonerun

Absolutely amazing!

Nish
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Nish

Watched it 3 times and still couldn’t understand what really happened. Gripping movie. Korean movies are something.

pyattgarrett
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pyattgarrett

This is such an excellent movie. The run time may seem daunting but it is so damn good you’ll wish it was longer. Honestly, this movie felt like a 6-part miniseries all jam packed into a 2 hour and 30 minute masterpiece! Experience this film for yourself, you will not regret it!

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Muniyandi

This movie’s attempts at ambivalence and misdirection lead to a distinct sense of dissatisfaction, and sheer boredom at times. A series of increasingly gory misfortunes visited on hapless individual(s) , while intended to create an atmosphere of despair and give rise to introspection, instead become reminiscent of some of the worse zombie flicks of our time. Perhaps a classification as a surrealist film might better profit this film, than the genre that it so desperately attempts to conform to.

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  • Genre

    Horror, Mystery
  • Mood

    Discussion-sparking, Dramatic, Mind-blowing, Suspenseful, Thought-provoking, Thrilling, Weird
  • Starring

    Do-won Kwak, Jun Kunimura, Jung-min Hwang
  • Directed by

    Hong-jin Na
  • Written by

    Hong-jin Na
  • Runtime

    156 minutes