A smash hit in South Korea and wowing audiences at Cannes in May, Na Hong-jin’s supernatural thriller “The Wailing” is being rushed to screens in western countries, including the U.S. where it is set to open in limited release tomorrow. Just ahead of that, the film’s trailer has been released.
The story begins with a foreigner’s mysterious appearance in a quiet, rural village which causes suspicion among the locals – suspicion which quickly turns to hysteria as the townspeople begin killing each other in brutal outbursts for seemingly no reason. As the investigating officer watches his daughter fall under the same savage spell, he agrees to consult a shaman for answers – unknowingly escalating the situation into something far more dangerous.
Na Hong-jin (“The Chaser,” “The Yellow Sea”) spent around six years crafting the project which is said to have a much talked about ending. You can see for yourself shortly as the film begins its rollout.