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When the police raid the compound of a religious cult, they discover that almost all of the members have committed suicide. The only survivor, laying on an altar in the middle of the room, ... See full summary »

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... Park Shin-bu (as Sung-kee Ahn)
... Hyun-am
Sang-mi Choo ... Seung-hie
Hyun-chul Oh ... Jun-ho
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Beom-su Lee
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When the police raid the compound of a religious cult, they discover that almost all of the members have committed suicide. The only survivor, laying on an altar in the middle of the room, is a very pregnant woman who goes into labor as the raid begins. The woman dies in the hospital, but her child survives. 20 years later, strange things are starting to happen around the child, now a grown woman. A group of religious warriors from a mix of faiths join together to try and protect her from whatever supernatural horrors are seeking her out. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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15 August 1998 (South Korea)  »

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Soul Guardians  »

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Not really interesting...
24 December 2015 | by See all my reviews

This was definitely not the brightest moment in South Korean cinema. Why? Well, as a horror / thriller it was just anything but scary or thrilling. And if you are doing a religious horror movie, at least get your sigils, symbols and lore straight.

The storyline in "The Soul Guardians" (aka "Toemarok") wasn't particularly captivating, although it seemed to be well-thought through, nonetheless. But it just failed to entertain me and I lost interest quite early in the movie. But I still stuck through to the end in a dying hope that the movie would somehow get better.

I will say that the acting in "The Soul Guardians" was good, and that alone did make the movie bearable to watch. Just a shame that everything else in the movie was so poor.

"The Soul Guardians" was a less than mediocre horror / thriller. And if you enjoy Asian cinema, or South Korean cinema in particular, then there are far better choices available.


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