The wailing

The wailing

Blu-ray Disc - 2016 | Korean | Blu-ray version
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A rash of brutal murders sweeps a quiet rural village where a mysterious stranger just appeared. When the investigating officer watches his daughter fall under the same savage spell, he consults a shaman for answers, unknowingly escalating the situation into something far more dangerous.
Audience: OFA rating: 18A..
Must be 18 YEARS OR OLDER to borrow this item.
Publisher: [Plano TX] : Well Go USA Entertainment, 2016.
Edition: Blu-ray version
Branch Call Number: Blu-ray FIC Waili
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (157 min.) : digital, sound, colour ; 12 cm
Alternative Title: Goksung
Language Note: In Korean with English subtitles.

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jferrerosa2
Jun 16, 2017

I admit it was quite long, but that's to build suspense, so if you don't like that feeling then this movie is not for you. It's also very confusing and like most Korean films has comedy, tragedy, horror and drama all wrapped into one. But this film has a purpose, so you won't feel like it's a waste of time as some other movies (cough, cough, "Uncle Bonmee" and "Last Life in the Universe).

There's definitely a purpose and you, as a reader, must decide for yourself who is what without seeing everything as if it's spoon fed to you, your imagination counts. I think many non-Christians will be absolutely baffled by this film. With that, I highly suggest you read the 4 canonical Gospels first, before attempting to watch this movie. You won't survive without them.

One of the best movies I've seen by far and I've seen many, many films.

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JackamoJames
Jun 05, 2017

Much too long. Somewhat confusing at times but much like tale of two sisters if u want an in depth explanation then go online and find it....ok but not great

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jimg2000
Jun 02, 2017

Nominated in many categories in the Korean Academy Awards, the 53rd Grand Bell Awards but lost the big categories (Picture, Screen Play, Actor and Director) to "Inside Men (Hangul: 내부자들; RR: Naebujadeul.) The movie started out with a bumbling detective called to investigate a bloody multiple murder and when more dead bodies piled up, various superstitious elements with occult characters like shamans, zombies and catholic clergies were introduced. Ultimately, the film fell along the line of the "Exorcist" genre, war between the good and the evil spirits, with innocent villagers caught in the wake. Because of the ever evolving story and the anything-goes supernatural theme, the director's comments were reassuring on the interpretation of the highly ambiguous ending sequences:

Interview: ‘The Wailing’ Director Na Hong-jin On Death, Genre, Religion & Comedy:
http://theplaylist.net/interview-wailing-director-na-hong-jin-20160627/

Note: Can't imagine all those bad language in English Captions are actual dialogues in Korean.

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Bill_L
Apr 27, 2017

Long, gory and confusing.

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aznjasonn
Apr 13, 2017

Ok this movie is pretty damn confusing. The middle was actually funny to me in a non-deliberate, and ridiculous manner.
Now without spoiling, you should know that anyone can be posessed at any time. I thought that maybe a certain thing is faking it. This is not the case. Instead, it's really more of a demon exiting and entering. Don't worry, this information still probably won't allow you to make sense of it without resorting to Reddit.
Just remember that in this movie, a bad person still has a tiny shred of good in them. The movie's plot falls apart if you believe that someone is falsely acting like a human like I did. The movie is designed to make you not know what to believe anymore, which is what made it so darn confusing.

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ClarkHarveyRoth
Nov 30, 2016

The review from 'momofmaxandruby' is spot on if by 'sweater' you mean 'demon' & by 'hockey' you mean 'murder'. This long-awaited hold request did not disappoint, & comes to you *highly recommended, even if it went on for a few extra minutes & featured a lot of dorkballz Keystone Kops in Korea type moments early on. I made a small feast of fried tofu, kim chi soup, a duck egg sunny side up [= heaven on earth], & sat down to enjoy this freaking wonderful movie. There are enough tricks & twists that you might not have a fully balanced account by the end, but in portraying the unpredictable world of spirits, the anguish of families & communities living through tragedy, the blowback of ill-advised prejudices & aggressions, this film positively soars, & the shamanic battle sequence was an absolute rush to behold. Five stars raising your dumb neighbor from the dead...! CR

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momofmaxandruby
Dec 11, 2014

With four other children to look after, Mom is too buzy to worry about which hockey "sweater" she ordered from the Sears catalogue. Imagine the horror when the wrong "sweater" arrives. And, not just any "sweater" the rival team's sweater! Substitute "Jersey" for "sweater" and "Edmonton Oilers" for "Toronto Maple Leafs" and this story can happen in Calgary. Many hockey superstars like Jean Beliveau, Guy Lafleur, and Serge Savard are come to life in this story. With the recent death of Jean Belivea, this story warms the heart and makes you proud to be Canadian!

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jimg2000
Jun 02, 2017

What difference does it make? They're dead, its not like you can save them.
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Sergeant, have you ever tried those kinds of mushrooms..?
-Never tried it you dick...
Mushrooms don't do that to people.
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Halmeoni says the weh-nom is actually a ghost. He sucks on your blood and kills you...
-Weh-nom..?
(Note: Weh-nom: Ethnic slur against people of Japanese descent.)
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When you go fishing, do you always know what you're going drag out..?
-No.
This xxyyzz is fishing, it doesn't know what it'll pull out either. Threw out the bait and your daughter just happened to notice it. That's all there is to it!
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Why is all of this happening?!
-The father of the daughter has sinned...
What? What sin did I commit..?
-The father of the daughter has plotted against others. He has even tried to kill. And he has killed...

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