Film Review: Folklore: Mongdal (2018) by Lee Sang-woo

HBO Asia’s “Folklore” is a six-episode, hour-long series that takes place across six Asian countries – Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. Each episode is based on a country’s deeply-rooted myths and folklore, featuring supernatural beings and occult beliefs. The respective episodes are helmed by a director from that country and filmed locally in the country’s primary language. In the particular segment, Lee Sang-woo deals with the myth of the Mongdal, a ghost that spawns when an unmarried man dies.

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The film revolves around a schoolboy who borders on being a sociopath and his mother, who is also the strict headmaster of the school he attends, that tries to appease him by granting all of his occasionally absurd wishes. His behaviour, though, becomes worse when a new girl arrives at school,
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