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Geonchugmuhan yugmyeongagcheui bimil (1998)

A group of people are drawn together to face the supernatural while they try to unravel a 60-year-old mystery.





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Credited cast:
Eun-Kyung Shin ...
Byeong-jun Kwon ...
Jeong-hwan Park ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jae-kwon Kim
Min-wu Lee


Without knowledge of how the theory of "ki" works, this movie is impossibly confusing. According to Eastern thought, ki has several sources, one of them being nature. Places that have a constant flow of ki can be located by the study of the terrain. These places are sought out when one is searching for a grave site, house location..etc. Between 1910 and the end of WWII, Korea was occupied by Japan. The Japanese invaders tried to eliminate the Korean culture while colonizing the peninsula. Korean language was forbidden as were traditional clothes. The invaders also tried to destroy the flow of Korean ki by driving iron spikes into the ground. (Iron is able to disrupt the flow.) Occasionally these spikes can be found and removed from sacred places even today and the belief in ki is still strong. Western viewers may also be confused about the term "cube" in this movie's title as, in fact, there is no cube. The cube refers to the six planes that are taken into consideration when searching... Written by Thomas Giammarco <giammarcoken@hanmail.net>

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1 May 1998 (South Korea)  »

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The Mystery of the Cube  »

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Big ideas but no money to do them justice.
4 June 2012 | by See all my reviews

This ambitious 1998 mystical adventure-thriller pre-dates the Korean cinema renaissance by a year, and stands as a textbook example of why so few Korean genre movies pre-1999 were worth watching: the ideas of writer Jang Yong-min and director Yu Sang-wook--who MUST have been the biggest geeks in high school--far outweigh their budget. Their story of a group of attractive students on a mission to uncover secrets buried in the work of a mysterious poet and possibly restore Korea's screwed-up chi is undoubtedly the wet dream of many a card-carrying library clubber. The theories underlying the story are just so much paranormal bunkum from the Japanese colonial days, along the lines of water dousing or geomancy or zombies, but the filmmakers treat them with the utmost reverence. Unfortunately, frequent special effects sequences, while grand in scope, are decidedly less so in execution, which kills the picture's "reality" every time they're brought into play.

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