NA Hong-jin’s Horror-Thriller Hit Continues to Travel
NA Hong-jin’s horror-thriller hit THE WAILING will bow before Japanese audiences on March 11th next year. The film debuted internationally in Out of Competition at the Cannes Film Festival this year and became a significant hit for distributor 20th Century Fox in May when it attracted 6.88 million viewers (USD 47.8 million) to Korean theaters.
Starring KWAK Do-won, HWANG Jung-min, CHUN Woo-hee and Japanese star KUNIMURA Jun, THE WAILING follows a uniformed officer (KWAK Do-won) in a country town who joins an investigation team looking into a series of bizarre deaths. As things go from worse to worse when his daughter falls ill with a strange ailment and a mysterious Japanese stranger lingers around the area, he engages the services of a shaman (HWANG Jung-min).
The critically acclaimed film has screened extensively around the world and won several prizes, including the Best of Bucheon award from the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival, the Focus Asia prize from the Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival and the Audience Award for Best Asian Feature from the Fantasia International Film Festival.
The film, the third from director NA after The Chaser (2008) and The Yellow Sea (2010), has been a major fixture in the end of year awards circuit in Korea, earning four prizes from the Blue Dragon Awards, including Best Director and Best Supporting Actor for KUNIMURA, and Best Director from the Director’s Cut Awards.
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