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The Wailing (2016)

Gok-seong (original title)
Not Rated | | Horror | 3 June 2016 (USA)
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Soon after a stranger arrives in a little village, a mysterious sickness starts spreading. A policeman, drawn into the incident, is forced to solve the mystery in order to save his daughter.

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Hong-jin Na

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Hong-jin Na
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Do-won Kwak ... Jong-goo
Jung-min Hwang ... Il-gwang
Jun Kunimura ... Japanese Man
Woo-hee Chun ... The Mysterious Woman
Hwan-hee Kim ... Hyo-jin
Jin Heo Jin Heo ... Mother-in-Law
So-yeon Jang ... Wife
Do-yoon Kim ... Yang Yi-sam
Kang-gook Son ... Oh Sung-bok
Seong-yeon Park ... Kwon Myung-joo
Chang-gyu Kil ... Park Choon-bae
Bae-soo Jeon ... Deok-gi
Mi-nam Jeong ... Heung-gook
Gwi-hwa Choi ... Byeong-gyoo
Seung-chul Baek ... Friend
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Storyline

In the small village Goksung in South Korea, police officer Jong-Goo investigates bizarre murders caused by a mysterious disease. His partner relays gossip that a Japanese stranger, who lives in a secluded house in the mountains, would be an evil spirit responsible for the illness. Jong-Goo decides to visit the stranger along with his partner and a young priest who speaks Japanese. They find an altar with a goat head, pictures on the walls of the infected people that died, and an attacking guard dog that prevents their departure until the stranger arrives. Jong-Goo finds one shoe of his beloved daughter, Hyo-jin, in the house of the stranger, and soon she becomes sick. His mother-in-law summons the shaman Il-gwang to save her granddaughter while a mysterious woman tells Jong-Goo that the stranger is responsible. Who might be the demon that is bringing sickness to Goksung? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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From acclaimed director Na Hong-jin

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

South Korea | USA

Language:

Korean | Japanese

Release Date:

3 June 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Wailing See more »

Filming Locations:

South Korea

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,420,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$13,109,618 (South Korea), 10 June 2016, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$786,633, 31 December 2016
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Exorcism scenes by the Japanese Man stem from Shamanism in Nepal. See more »

Quotes

Grandmother: It's started. You better brace yourself.
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Featured in Renegade Cut: The Wailing (2017) See more »

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Uniquely terrifying movie
21 November 2017 | by versandeepSee all my reviews

Horror is the least preferred genre for me, as most of them revolves around same story lines and forced " jumpy " moments, so this is perhaps my very few amongst the horror flicks for which I am motivated to write a small review because of its awesomeness. The tension that builds in this movie is really terrifying and will stick with you for a while. I literally had a nightmare the same night after watching this movie; such was its effect. I think, the emotional struggle of a father and the sheer determination to fight the odds to help his child was captured beautifully. Also, there is a certain intangible weirdness in this movie that makes it really unique, served with some brilliant acting. I recommend everyone to stay away from the spoilers and just watch the movie. It is hell of a ride if you allow yourself submerge into the plot.

Another masterpiece from Korean cinema. A must watch for horror fans.


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