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The Quiet Family (1998)

Choyonghan kajok (original title)
A family opens a mountain inn where their first guest commits suicide. Suddenly all their guests befall horrible fates.


Jee-woon Kim (as Kim Jee-woon)


Jee-woon Kim (as Kim Jee-woon)
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Credited cast:
In-hwan Park ... Tae-gu Kang (Father)
Moon-hee Na ... Mrs. Kang
Kang-ho Song ... Yeong-min Kang (Son)
Choi Min-sik ... Chang-ku Kang (Uncle)
Ho-kyung Go Ho-kyung Go ... Mi-na Kang (Daughter)
Yun-seong Lee Yun-seong Lee ... Mi-su Kang (Daughter)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Cheol-ho Choi Cheol-ho Choi ... Male lodger (committing suicide by taking pills)
Ju-bong Gi Ju-bong Gi ... Lonely man
Lee Gi-yeong ... Killer
Deok-bu Ha Deok-bu Ha ... Doctor
Ka-hyeon Jang Ka-hyeon Jang ... Hyun-suk's lover
Jae-yeong Jeong ... Hyun-suk (as Ji-hyeon Jeong)
Su-Won Ji Su-Won Ji ... Eun-su
Deok-jae Jo Deok-jae Jo
Jong-goo Kim ... (as Jong-gu Kim)


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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Comedy | Crime | Horror


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Director Jee-woon Kim's feature film debut. See more »


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Black Comic Treat!
8 May 2001 | by poikkeusSee all my reviews

I can't account for the lackluster ratings for this on IMDB (though its primary domestic distribution right now is bootleg video, which might account for something.) I saw it at the movies, and it rates as one of the great South Korean black comedies. A bit like Hitchcock, this tells the story of a family that takes over an inn deep, deep in the country - only realizing when they get there it was a big mistake. For one thing, they're miles from any human being. Things take a turn for the macabre when their visitors and guests end up dying under ambiguous circumstances, and the family has to find some way of disposing of the bodies before the cops roll in. Of course, they eventually do come to investigate, making the tale even more twisted than it was before.

Don't let any prejudices against South Korean cinema keep you away; at its best, their film output is second to none, and attracts international favor from film festivals and critics. This film is one of the unequivocal winners.

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Release Date:

25 April 1998 (South Korea) See more »

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1.85 : 1
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