Acclaimed Korean filmmaker Na Hong-jin’s third feature, The Wailing (Goksung), is set to hit US theatres on June 3rd.
Hong-jin introduced himself to the Asian cinema scene with 2008’s multi-award winning thriller The Chaser.
In 2010 he followed up the success of his first feature length film with The Yellow Sea, another taut, hyper-violent and critically acclaimed effort.
Now, six years later, the 41-year old auteur delivers his much-anticipated third offering: The Wailing.
Set in a small South Korean village, the film centres on a series of brutal murders and illnesses that coincide with the arrival of a mysterious stranger (Chun Woo-hee) and the horrors unleashed during subsequent investigations.
As lead police inspector (Kwak Do-won) delves deeper into the horrifying crimes, several signs of a supernatural influence start appearing. And when his own daughter (Kim Hwan-hee) starts exhibiting symptoms of demonic possession, he makes a decision to consult with a shaman (Hwang Jung-min) and the wall between two worlds starts to crumble.
Hwang Jung-min siezes the attention of the viewer with a thrilling narrative from the opening minute. The editing, score and cinematography all combine to create as immersive a setting for terror as we’ve seen in in recent years.
However, as our protagonists spiral are drawn deeper into the terrifying, otherworldly realm from where this primal force of evil originates, the rules of storytelling begin to blur.
The film clocks in at 156 mins and is being distributed by Well Go USA.
Go to http://www.wellgousa.com/theatrical/the-wailing for more information on this exciting release.