“If he really is a ghost… then I won’t be able to kill him”
South Korean box office smash, THE WAILING, is a riveting police investigation which turns into a sensationally terrifying thriller as a likeable cop is drawn into a nightmarish hunt for a source of pure evil disturbing his quiet, rural village.
Out of his depth, local police officer Jong-goo investigates a spate of killings, as well as an outbreak of madness seemingly connected to the recent arrival of a mysterious Japanese man who resides in the outskirts of the village. What’s more, he is horrified to discover his young daughter may have fallen under the stranger’s curse.
Jong-goo calls on a charismatic shaman to free his daughter from the stranger’s dangerous influence, but the shaman’s intense exorcism ritual threatens to worsen the situation… and Jong-goo, with his world collapsing around him, realises he must confront the ultimate evil.
“A bone-chilling, thunderous descent into Hell” TwitchFilm “A gripping whodunnit” Variety
“A darkly unsettling story about evil is masterfully told” The Hollywood Reporter
Breaking box office records on its release in South Korea, garnering rave reviews after showing at Cannes this year, and securing a spot at the prestigious London Film Festival, THE WAILING is an epic, assured horror film of The Exorcist-like proportions that will terrify, amuse and astound in equal measure.
With the likes of The Host, I Saw The Devil and this year’s Train To Busan, South Korea is developing a reputation for producing top quality, world class horror films. THE WAILING cements that reputation – a box office smash, having taken over $50 million dollars in South Korea alone, the film is a stunning entertainment quite unlike anything that’s gone before. Hong-jin Na (who directed the acclaimed thriller Chaser) effortlessly combines bone-chilling frightsand heart-wrenching drama with moments of comedy to relieve the nerve-shattering subject matter.
THE WAILING will be showing as part of the ‘THRILL’ strand at this year’s BFI London Film Festival: