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When 13-year-old So-Jin disappears, her elder sister Hee-Jin returns to the apartment of their religious-maniac mother. Tae-Hwan, a cop, who reluctantly has to take the case seriously is confronted with more and more suicides that are difficult to explain rationally. And why does the skeptical Hee-Jin, who keeps having gruesome encounters with suicides, have to keep coughing? Written by
International Film Festival Rotterdam
Not your typical horror movie but that doesn't automatically make it a good one!
First off there is one particular nasty scene that served no other purpose than to shock the viewer (And by nasty I mean disgusting not gruesome). While I have no problems with using such methods I do think it has to build up to something. Sadly there is no real climax or wtf moment to speak of. Well,there is one little scene that truly belongs to the genre,only it comes far too late. And when this scene plays out you just don't care anymore. Like many Korean horror movies this one is slow and very confusing. And it is maybe somewhat commendable that this director tries to do something new. But would it have hurt to put in some decent scares. Not once did I jump from my seat. Not that it is always required. But in this case much needed since the suspense is seriously lacking. There is a drama element that could have been used more to provide more impact. The relationship between the mother and the daughter(s) seems to be at the core of the few events that are played out. The background on this relationship is so minimal that it made it real hard for me to care for these persons. (I sense some sort of protest against Religious fanaticism. But on the other hand it also speaks in favor of faith.What do you mean confusing?) Had the director put in more depth into the main characters then maybe all of it would have made much more sense. "Living Death" doesn't offer anything else to redeem itself. So why invest time in this movie.
Edit:People who judge others based on one written review and think to know what kind of person it is because he expressed his dislike for a movie they liked, need to take a look at themselves.Especially when is implied that braincells aren't used.Funny how this always applies to the so called art house titles and festival movies that are pretentious and ambiguous on purpose so that it can be interpreted in many ways.In some cases that surely could be a positive thing since it makes you think.Or it could be perceived as a bad thing since it masks the fact that the director could not decide or be bothered to give a solution.It all comes down to the interpretation of the viewer or the willingness of the viewer for that interpretation.I surely can appreciate subtleness in certain genres.But that does depend on the execution and the style it is presented in.If some of the story or dialogue is lost on the viewer one does have to ask whether this is because of the inability from the viewer to comprehend or that the director fails to tell the story adequately.In my opinion a brilliant film maker is someone who knows how to deliver the message to every man.It's not that difficult to be vague even when they are under the impression it is obvious.People like me who deal with real life as real as it can get don't need to look for that kind of substance in books or movies.For me movies are pure escapism.That doesn't mean I don't appreciate it if a movie makes you think.I applaud it providing it is something I can relate to.But for each person this is different of course.
This is only an excerpt of the million thoughts I have.But for the sake of humanity I will save those for myself.Why bother you with this particular thought then?To make it clear that each opinion is valid and that one's intelligence can't be measured based on this one opinion.
Back to the movie. In my opinion Living Death doesn't offer enough for me to like it wholeheartedly.It did not impress me as it did with others on this board.I saw some elements like the mother daughter relationship that needed exploring.Some people do need more to be convinced especially when it is branded a horror movie.There are some conventions you can't escape from when it comes to horror.In that aspect it doesn't matter if we are talking about Hollywood type horror or Asian Horror.I sometimes favour Asian Horror because it usually knows how to build up tension and suspense in subtle ways.Living Death fails to do that.Here endeth the sermon!
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