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Look at my hands and my feet. It is i myself!
This won't be a helpful review. Maybe that's the best way to help you out. Don't watch the trailers, read reviews or any articles that gives you the slightest idea of this film. Hey, i know you're here to find out more about this movie but stop. Just stop. Do yourself a favour, stop reading and just find a cinema with 'The Wailing,' experience it then look into it deeply. Please don't throw this off with a 'Oh well, i guess it had some creepy visuals.' PLEASE DON'T. Have repeated viewings, discuss with friends, study it, the director's motive, the symbolism, the message, dive deep into its world, it's so worth it. This film is soaked in the macabre, and it's fascinating to drain out its beauty during and after the credits roll.
Thank you Hong-jin Na and everyone involved. I walked in to this blind and wow, i wasn't in a cinema that night, but in a roller-coaster. What a wild experience. For me, the real horror and what makes this a masterpiece wasn't found in the film's aesthetic, but in it's terrifyingly contemporary and relevant ideas. This film is really about everyone sitting in the theater. But, i'm not going to tell you what it is, that's doing this film a disservice. That's for you to find out and for you to agree or disagree with what the film is saying. Remember, this isn't a helpful review.. Hurry to your cinema, feast on 'The Wailing'. And you'll be truly satisfied.
'How dignified is the arrow which flies so freely' A review of Sado (The Throne)
I walked into this film, with the extent of my knowledge being the drawn portraits of Prince Sado and King Yeongjo floating around google images. By the time I left the cinema, I felt I've become close companions with these men.
There is a tragically mesmerizing direction Lee Joon Ik accomplishes in his intimate insight into the Royal family. It is difficult to project the arduous politics of the kingdom in a way which doesn't diminish the drama, but heightens its emotional punch. Believe me, it's quite a punch. A series of flashbacks investigates how the relationship between King Yeongjo and his son, Crown Prince Sado deteriorates. Essentially showing how a once proud father can condemn his son to a brutal punishment. It's a wonderful piece of film editing, gripping the viewers to a claustrophobic degree as we witness Sado's sufferings, while never losing interest in the family's origins whenever the film jumps back a few years or so.
Perhaps, the greatest element of this film is undoubtedly it's ability to depict deceased historical figures with a brooding complexity and vibrance. Particularly, Yoo Ah In's portrayal of Sado is captivating in its depiction of the man's compassion, thirst for freedom and his eventual conflicted psyche. Never is there once a hint of a stereotypical, one dimensional, cold blooded lunatic. No. This is an incredible portrayal of a human being, as these historical figures were.
The inability to emphasize with and encourage others is a fault exposed here. This is how the film transcends from a dramatic period piece to a work of art which deeply resonates in families caught in strife. It truly is an absorbing insight into life between the palace walls during the height of familial tension, boasting an emotional prowess that would tingle within you for some time. A masterpiece has been extracted from this segment of history.