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The Quiet Family (1998)

Cast: Song Kang-Ho, Park In-hwan, Na Mun-heui, more...
Director: Kim Ji-un
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Studio: Tai Seng
Genre: Foreign, Black Comedy, Korea, UK
Running Time: 105 min.
Languages: Korean
Subtitles: English
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Rejecting current trends in mainstream genres and the conventions of commercial cinema, Choyonnghan-Kajok, an experimental black comedy, follows an eccentric story line with some surprise attacks on the audience. Comedy and horror elements are used intermittently to create a thriller in a family setting. The events are seen through the eyes of seventeen-year-old Mi-na, daughter of the Kang family, who decide to run Mt. Lodge in the suburbs of Seoul after the father is dismissed from his company. Contrary to expectations, there are no guests lining up at the door, and the youngest daughter is upset by a strange noise she hears at night. After two weeks, the first guest appears, but he is found dead the next day. The family buries him in a hurry to avoid bad publicity. Then a couple arrives and commits double suicide and they have to bury them, too. By the time they get used to digging, it's announced a road construction will pass beside their property. The set of the film, Mt. Lodge, was created in real size by a set specialist and architect large enough for camera equipment to move around. Although the subtexts are not labored, the sanctity of family solidarity and the capacity for sudden violence in the very conservative Korean society are some of the themes the audience is left to reflect. Choyonnghan-Kajok was screened as part of the International Forum of Young Cinema at the 49th International Berlin Film Festival, 1999. ~ Gönül Dönmez-Colin, All Movie Guide

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Disappointment for Korean Cinema by JMVerville October 21, 2004 - 7:11 AM PDT
1 out of 8 members found this review helpful
Lately, a lot of people have been getting into Korean cinema and enjoying the fact that they have made some absolutely amazing films as recently (Chingoo, JSA, Failan, etc.). However, this film is definitely not one of them.

I was sorely disappointed; it did not seem to have the wit and spunk that was injected into Korean film as of late. You can definitely tell that the real foundation for this film is not Korean, but rather ... Koreans copying the Japanese. That is why I would like to pose the question to those involved in the production of this film -- why did you make this mistake? The story, the portrayal, the acting, the cinematography... All of it... Not worthy of watching. A poor job all-around, and poor results only to show for it. The Korean-style that you normally see in Korean cinema is obviously missing, and nothing in the film even begins to make up for it.

If you want to see Korean film, and enjoy Korean cinema, this is not the film for you to watch. I would tell all people to happily skip over it -- this is not Korean cinema, this is something else.

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