The Wailing ‘Gok-seong’ (2016) 15 7*

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Out of his depth, local police officer Jong-goo investigates a spate of killings, as well as an outbreak of madness seemingly connected to the recent arrival of a mysterious Japanese man who resides in the outskirts of the village. What’s more, he is horrified to discover his young daughter may have fallen under the stranger’s curse. Jong-goo calls on a charismatic shaman to free his daughter from the stranger’s dangerous influence. But the shaman’s intense exorcism ritual threatens to worsen the situation and Jong-goo, with his world collapsing around him, realises he must confront the ultimate evil.

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The Wailing is a very clever and thoroughly enjoyable story. There is some great acting and some really good scenery.