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Namgeuk-ilgi (2005)

Strange things begin happening to an expedition deep in the Antarctic.

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(as Yim Pil-sung)

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Credited cast:
... Choi Do-hyung (as Song Kang-ho)
... Kim Min-jae (as Yoo Ji-tae)
Kyeong-ik Kim ... Yang Geun-chan (as Kim Kyung-ik)
... Lee Young-min (as Park Hee-soon)
Je-mun Yun ... Kim Sung-hoon (as Yoon Je-moon)
Duk-moon Choi ... Seo Jae-kyung (as Choi Deok-moon)
... Lee Yoo-jin (as Kang Hye-jeong)
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A South Korean expedition is trekking across the Antarctic when they discover a journal left by a British team that was lost 80 years earlier. As they press onward, they begin to notice strange similarities between the ill-fated British journey and their own. In the unforgiving environment where small mistakes can doom an entire party, the team steadily descends deeper into fatal delusions. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Well executed psychological horror
1 September 2016 | by See all my reviews

Slow burning horror with the venerable Song Kang-ho (Thirst, Memories of Murder) as the leader of an expedition to the farthest inland point of the Antarctic. As the weeks of marching across the harsh floes begin to take their psychological toll on the explorers, they start to have doubts about their journey when they find the remains of long dead Norwegian adventurer. In spite of the sameness of the exteriors, shots are framed artfully and establish a creeping dread and isolation that builds to a terrifying, eldritch conclusion. Reminiscent of Gus Van Sant's 2002 desert trek Gerry, by way of Lovecraft.

Director Yim Pil-Sung went on to make an unconventional folk horror film in 2007's Hansel and Gretel, also worth seeing.


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