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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.

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Jee-woon Kim (as Kim Jee-woon)

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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)
Min-sik Choi ... 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
Ka-hyeon Jang Ka-hyeon Jang ... Hyun-suk's lover
Jae-yeong Jeong ... Hyun-suk (as Ji-hyeon Jeong)
Woong-in Jeong ... Mi-su's admirer
Su-Won Ji Su-Won Ji ... Eun-su
Deok-jae Jo Deok-jae Jo
Tae-hee Kim Tae-hee Kim
Gi-yeong Lee 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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Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

25 April 1998 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

A csendes család See more »

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1.85 : 1
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The film was loosely remade as The Happiness of the Katakuris (2001) by Takashi Miike. See more »

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

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Highly amusing and dark.
11 May 2005 | by ThrownMuseSee all my reviews

A South Korean family (dad, mom, uncle, son, and two teen daughters) moves to the woods to open up a lodge in a hiking area. They find themselves restless, anxiously awaiting their first customer. When they finally get one, he is later found dead in his room. The family covers it up to avoid bad publicity. Soon the business finally starts booming--and so does the body count! This story probably sounds familiar to fans of Asian horror. That's because Takashi Miike remade this into "Happiness of the Katakuris," with song and dance sequences, zombies and claymation. "The Quiet Family" contains none of these elements, but it is almost as delightful with its wicked sense of humor. Each family member (my favorite being Mom) has their own amusing quirks, and I found myself chuckling out loud for the first half hour. Even when the story delves into morbid territory, the silly characters still manage to provide the laughs. Watching a "normal" family react to very abnormal situations proves to be very funny. The pace is excellent, though a few of the subplots almost push the story into a ridiculous place.

Ji-woon Kim is also the director of the instant classic "A Tale of Two Sisters." As with that film, the set design, use of rich colors, and innovative camera-work are spectacular and largely responsible for the eerie atmosphere.

"The Quiet Family" borders on absurd, but it never fails to entertain. Despite its over-the-top comedy and ridiculous scenarios, it has a serious overall tone that sets it apart from most other horror/comedies.

My Rating: 7/10.


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