The Wailing (2016)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

 

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –

 

1) The open ended story with all sorts of interpretation.
2) Biblical references, Shamanism vs Christianity, Faith – a roller-coaster plot. All credits to the writer-director Na Hong-jin.
3) This movie is a melting-pot for several movie genres like fantasy, horror, zombie, super-natural, thriller and it keeps the audience confused.
4) The movie will get confusing for viewers after a second viewing.
5) The village backdrop with rain – brilliant cinematography.

 

Cons –

 

N/A

 

Quote –

 

Il-Gwang: If you go fishing, do you know what you’ll catch?
Jong-Goo: No.
Il-Gwang: He’s just fishing. Not even he knows what he’ll catch. He just threw out the bait, and your daughter took it.

Train to Busan (2016)

STORY – 0
DIRECTOR – 0
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

 

Verdict – 1/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Climactic zombie train chase scene
2) Ma Dong-seok as Sang-hwa – bad ass – Walking Dead Stuff.

 

Cons –

 

1) Nothing new to offer – generic zombie film
2) Predictable plot – Any episode of Walking Dead will be better than this.

 

Quote –

 
N/A

Thirst (2009)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

 

Verdict – 3/5

 

 

Pros –

 

1) Love Story of a priest turned reluctant-accidental-vampire.
2) The story is the corner-stone of this movie. From beginning to end the story is the mainstay of this film.It started as a sci-fi medical drama, later it converted into a love-triangle with steamy love-making scenes.The pen-ultimate part is body-horror/slasher and the climax is all about redemption of two lovers to eternity.

 

 

Cons –

1) 30 minutes too long.

 
Quote –
“No one blames someone
for getting hurt in an accident!
No one gets criticized
for having cancer!
I went there to do good!
So what if I’m a vampire?”

The Handmaiden (2016)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –

1) An erotic masterpiece from Chan-wook Park.
2) A powerful layered thriller.
3) Splendid adapted screenplay,the “Japanese-occupied Korea” setup is captivating.
4) Beautiful cinematography

 
Cons –

 

n/a

 

 

Quote –

 

Sook-Hee: Where I come from, it’s illegal to be naive.

Stoker (2013)

STORY – 0
DIRECTOR – 0
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 0

Verdict – 2/5

Pros –

1) Cinematography
2) “Summer Wine”
3) Matthew Goode as Charlie Stoker

Cons –

1) Ordinary story with predictable twists
2) Mia Wasikowska as India Stoker
3) Ambiguous ending
4) Park Chan-wook’s talent wasted in a half-baked story

Quote –

Evelyn Stoker: You know, I’ve often wondered why it is we have children in the first place. And the conclusion I’ve come to is… At some point in our lives we realize things are screwed up beyond repair. So we decide to start again. Wipe the slate clean. Start fresh. And then we have children. Little carbon copies we can turn to and say, “You will do what I could not. You will succeed where I have failed.” Because we want someone to get it right this time. But not me… Personally speaking I can’t wait to watch life tear you apart.