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The Quiet Family (1998)
"Choyonghan kajok" (original title)

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A family opens a mountain inn where their first guest commits suicide. Suddenly all their guests befall horrible fates.

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Cast

Credited cast:
In-hwan Park ...
Tae-gu Kang (Father)
Mun-hee Na ...
Mrs. Kang
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Yeong-min Kang (Son)
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Chang-ku Kang (Uncle)
Ho-kyung Go ...
Mi-na Kang (Daughter)
Yun-seong Lee ...
Mi-su Kang (Daughter)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Cheol-ho Choi ...
Male lodger (committing suicide by taking pills)
Ju-bong Gi ...
Lonely man
Ka-hyeon Jang ...
Hyun-suk's lover
...
Hyun-suk (as Ji-hyeon Jeong)
Woong-in Jeong ...
Mi-su's admirer
Su-Won Ji ...
Eun-su
Gi-yeong Lee ...
Killer
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A family decides to buy a lodge in a remote hiking area. Their first customer commits suicide and the distraught family buries his body to avoid the bad publicity. But their luck gets worse, the bodies start piling up, and the family becomes frantic to rectify the situation. Written by Paul Benmussa

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25 April 1998 (South Korea)  »

Also Known As:

A csendes család  »

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Remade as The Happiness of the Katakuris (2001) See more »

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Performed by The Stray Cats
Courtesy of Arista Records
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It's scary it's comedy it's a really bad day in an inn!!
22 May 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This film is incredibly dynamic. There are multiple concepts at once. It's a horror film yet it's a tragic-comedy. It's a drama yet it's almost a documentary. It's a great film concept and the cinematography is second to none.

It's very slow yet instantly jerks into action. It's got great casting. The actors are flawless. Even down to 5minute appearances. The score is first class and diverse. Rock-glam from the Stray Cats to hip hop. The setting is also a little interesting.

It's based in a remote area outside some woods. There is scheduled yet delayed construction for a "road" which will provide transportation for guests to the inn. However during the film the inn guests are mainly hikers and scenic people.

The opening of the film involves this new family moving into a little run down house. They prepare the house and botch it up ready for guests. They have minimum advertising which is a sign. Literally. They wait for the guests to arrive. This opening scene is lighthearted and slow.

Then the guests eventually arrive. All hell breaks loose. There is a moment of continuous bad luck from the moment the first guest arrives. This is when the film turns to film noir. All in all the film goes from an easy melodrama to something completely insane. It's a marvelous script and the slowness is rewarded by great tense sequences and various dilemmas for the unfortunate home owners.

The film is superb. The casting spot on. The cinematography is awesome. A lot of different shots and slow camera movement to mimic the pace of the film. Then the unfortunate sequences occur the camera shots become more rapid and quick snappy close ups. I'm a big fan of this director and this film has to be his benchmark with the diverse range on offer.

All in all a great film worth tracking down. Comedy; film noir, suspense, horror, isolation and deprivation. Superb acting and direction to match. I recommend it fully. 8 out of 10.


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