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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.

Director:

Jee-woon Kim (as Kim Jee-woon)

Writer:

Jee-woon Kim (as Kim Jee-woon)
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Cast

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
Jong-gu Kim Jong-gu Kim
Tae-hee Kim Tae-hee Kim
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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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Comedy | Crime | Horror

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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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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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

Connections

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Tres Delinquetes
Performed by Delinquent Habits
Courtesy of RCA Records
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It's scary it's comedy it's a really bad day in an inn!!
22 May 2008 | by t-d-t-m82See 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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