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When a mysterious sickness causes a spate of horrifically brutal murders in a remote village, the media blames poisonous mushrooms. But detective Jong-Goo (Do Wan Kwak), whose young daughter appears afflicted, has cause to suspect an elderly stranger (Jun Kunimura) recently arrived from Japan. Despite plunging us deep into the action from the start, Na keeps us tonally off-balance for the next hour, and takes his time setting up the narrative before peeling away these ostensibly formulaic layers to reveal a far more complex blend of police procedural, visceral horror, pitch black comedy and socio-theological allegory. Builds to a climax that is both genuinely shocking and grimly inevitable. Third and most ambitious directorial effort from the director of The Chaser and The Yellow Sea.

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