Such a smart film, and based on a really simple idea of how one (really) bad decision leads to another, and then another... Billed as a horror comedy, my natural thought process took me to the daft, colourful genre films of the US and Europe, but in this feisty little Korean number the comedy is different. Like a hysterical blend of caricature, accidental death(s), Monty Python and rockabilly music, this is totally nuts!
The cast are super-engaging, especially the hysterically calculating Park In-hwan and Song Kang-ho in his breakout role. Kang-ho went on to become a favourite of Bong Joon-ho and Park Chan-wook and is certainly one of my favourite Korean actors.
This is an incredibly well presented debut feature from Kim Jee-woon, now one of the greatest living Korean directors.
Criterion Challenge 2021
44. A film featured in the "New Korean Cinema" series