Pinterest
NewsLetter DailyWeekly
 
My HanCinema | Sign up, Why ? Your E-mail   Password    Auto| Help
HanCinema :: The Korean Movie and Drama Database, discover the South Korean cinema and drama diversity Contact HanCinema HanCinema on TwitterFaceBook HanCinema PageHanCinema on Twitter

[Hancinema Film Review] "The Wrath" Screening in Fantasia 2019

2019/07/27 | 289 views | Permalink

Remake of the 1986 horror film "Cry of a Woman", "The Wrath" places its story in the newly found favorite setting of Korean horror, the Joseon era, and attempts to include as many themes of the genre possible. Let us see how it fares.

"The Wrath" (festival entry) screened at Fantasia 2019

The lineage of an aristocratic family is being threatened continuously by an evil spirit, who attacks and kills the male heirs on their wedding night. Lady Shin, the ruler of the house since the disappearance of her husband, eventually decides to take in a young beggar, Ok-boon, and marry her to the youngest son, despite the protests of the rest of the women in the household, who have no love lost for the newcomer, in an effort to "Trick" the spirit. Despite Lady Shin's efforts though, which include the harsh teaching of manners to the newcomer, the young man suffers a horrible death, although not before he manages to impregnate Ok-boon. A desperate Lady Shin kicks out the priest who was supposed to provide protection, and places her hopes on an exorcist, Hae Cheon-bi. Soon, however, the man proves to be something completely different, with the same applying to Ok-boon. As the past and many secrets come to the fore, the woman who has been haunting the house intensifies her attacks.

Evidently, the script is filled with clichés of the genre, regarding the various episodes we watch unfolding, including shamanic rituals ("The Wailing" made those scenes a must), demonic possessions, vengeful spirits that haunt the living, curses and many other elements we have seen countless times before. However, Yoo Young-sun has managed to include a number of quite interesting axes, with the power play among the three women (where the upper hand changes owner a number of times), the role of religion, particularly regarding the way that people who are failed by it turn to magic, and the place of women in the Joseon society, in direct connection with sex. These themes allow the movie to go beyond the standard level of quality of the category, although a bit of better acting, particularly from Son Na-eun as Ok-boon, would have benefitted this aspect also, since Seo Young-hee does a great job presenting the many character changed of Lady Shin. Furthermore, a number of plot holes during the effort to include all these themes do emerge, particularly regarding the presence of the exorcist, although not to a point to ruin the film.

The production values on the other hand, are top notch and highlight the big budget of the production. The sound, particularly in the (not so many) jump scares is great and the same applies to the set design and the costumes, that manage to communicate the gothic/medieval setting in the best way. Kwak Sang-hoon's cinematography manages to portray both the gore and violence, and the beauty of the various settings with equal artistry, while the editing implements an ever-changing pace to the movie that suits each scene to perfection.

"The Wrath" seems to include all the clichés and the faults of the category, but through its production values and the overall atmosphere, emerges as a true crowd-pleaser, a film that will satisfy all fans of horror movies.

Review by Panos Kotzathanasis

Facebook

___________

"The Wrath" is directed by Yoo Young-sun, and features Seo Young-hee, Son Na-eun, Lee Tae-ri, Park Min-ji, Choi Hong-il, Son Sung-yoon. Release date in Korea: 2018/11/08.

 

Available on Blu-ray and DVD from YESASIA

DVD (TW - English Subtitled)
DVD (TW - English Subtitled)
Blu-ray HK (En Sub)
Blu-ray HK (En Sub)
DVD HK (En Sub)
DVD HK (En Sub)

 

Copy & paste guideline for this article
Always put a link back to the source and HanCinema permalink

Creative Commons License"[Hancinema Film Review] "The Wrath" Screening in Fantasia 2019"
by HanCinema is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License.

Attention You're reading the news with potential spoilers, make them spoiler free, dismiss


 

 

 Previous news

Subscribe to HanCinema Pure to remove ads from the website (not for episode and movie videos) for US$0.99 monthly or US$7.99 yearly (you can cancel anytime). The first step is to be a member, please click here : Sign up, then a subscribe button will show up.

Settings

Remove ads

Sign up

Sharing

Activate

Spoilers

Visible, hide

Movie of the week

Learn to read Korean in 90 minutes or less using visual associations