Hae-won is a beautiful single woman in her thirties who works at a bank in the Seoul city. She leads a busy life until she becomes a witness to an attempted murder case. At the same time, things get complicated at work and she is forced to take a vacation so she heads for ‘Moodo’, a small undeveloped island, where she had once visited to see her grandparents. And where she had befriended a girl named Bok-nam. Upon arriving at the island, Hae-won is shocked to see everyone treating Bok-nam like a slave. As practically the only young woman on the island, she is a plaything for all the men and a free laborer for the women. She begs Hae-won to help her escape the place, but Hae-won remains indifferent not wanting to be involved in complicated situations… –Semaine de la Critique
Loved this movie! Movies about hillbillies are always entertaining and very sinister. It's not a movie about devils, it's more about human devils, revenge and self justice.
I love slow burn thrillers/horror and this one stings all the way around! The movie's gender politics maybe loud and simplistic but that doesn't damper the cathartic bloodletting. I admire the audacity for modern horror/thriller to dive into sentimentality, especially when it echoes greek tragedy. Its a lot to take but if you can muster it, you'll go through some damn power!
Loved the slow pace. Well-observed and builds its dread carefully, like classic folk horror. When the bloodletting starts, as it must in a Korean revenge joint, it got a bit overbearing. There's a great undercurrent of societal critique - the last shot puts a fine point on it in case you were asleep for the lecture - that boosts this above a typical rape-revenge.
After a series of unfortunate events, a woman is forced on a vacation to recover her wits. She travels to her childhood home on an island far from the bustling city of Seoul, where she reunites with a childhood friend, whose cries for help amidst unthinkable abuse have gone unheeded. A bit plodding, but hits a high note in its shocking finale. A chilling tale of shattered childhood dreams in a dark world gone wrong.
As James Rocchi notes in his overview of this year's AFI Fest for MSN Movies, the directors of both the opening and closing night films are