Great horror movie. " the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour." It was a commentary on both shamanism & Christianity, about spiritual errors and tests of faith. Using religious allegories &cultural references, this film uses supernatural terror and mystery to captive its viewers.
Na pitches the insanity to 11 for a visually stunning feature that feels at times like a Korean Lovecraft. Like other Korean films I've seen, there is no such thing as a steady tone, but this creates an uncertainty that, ultimately, does the themes justice. It does trip into some dangerous places, though, like casual racism and sexism and unChristian-ism, which is perplexing when mulling over the marvelous end.
I actually can't really sense much of a meaning beyond the circumstances of the movie; it it's about xenophobia, the ending implication might appear to be that xenophobia toward the Japanese is correct. Instead, I think it's probably best to leave it at the level of being a folkloric murder mystery that keeps one guessing about who actually can and can't be trusted, up until the very end (through natural tension).
Another masterpiece from South-Korean cinema. I didn't have any expectations before watching this movie. It turned out that The Wailing gave me something more than I expected. At first, I think this movie is just detective movie. Yes, this movie is a detective genre. But the filmmaker adds some supernatural, folklore, and biblical themes. If you love movie such as Memories of Murder, just go watch this good movie...