Hide and Seek
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HIDE AND SEEK is Lord of the Korean Thrillers... a solid and brooding piece of genre cinema! --Pierce Cornan, TwitchFilm.com
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The movie narration begins with a nod to an urban legend where certain city dwellers secretly inhabit the homes of other families, existing completely in the shadows of normal society. From this, we witness a rather brutal attack in a semi-abandoned apartment complex. The opening is both unsettling and well executed, and we're left off-guard as the primary story starts to unfold. We meet family man Sung-Soo, his lovely wife from America, and their two children.Read more ›
The main protagonist is Sung-soo, a comfortable middle class executive with a lovely wife and two small children. He has a spacious apartment and a nice car but apparently suffers from a mild obsessive compulsive disorder, which is controlled with medication and plenty of patience. Unfortunately, Sung-soo has an adopted brother who has much more serious problems. When he gets a phone call from his brother's landlord reporting him missing, Sung-soo goes to the apartment complex looking for more information. There he finds far more questions than answers, and he begins his own descent into darkness. What happens in the end is somewhat equivocal, and in true horror film fashion we are left with questions as to what, precisely, has been going on.
This is a gritty film set in one of the most unpleasant slum areas that can be imagined. In keeping with the established rules of the genre the over all mood is dark and brooding. Still, Hide and Seek is an intriguing film which pursues fear and horror through inference and suggestion rather than violence.
Seong-soo (Hyeon-ju Son), a successful businessman who lives with the perfect family in a luxury apartment, has secrets and mysophobia (pathological fear of contamination and germs) about his one and only brother. One day, he goes to see his brother after a phone call about him being missing and sees weird symbols all over the house and he meets Joo-hee (Jung-Hee Moon) who knows his brother. "Please tell him to stop looking at my daughter. Joo-hee lives alone with her daughter but lives in fear of someone watching them. Seong-soo looks around carefully at the old apartment and realizes the symbols mean gender and numbers of people. Seong-soo returns to his home from his brother's and notices a familiar symbol written next to the doorbell of his house, too. And the mystery thriller sails to a strange conclusion.
In Korean with English subtitles, this is a bizarre little jewel of a film, well worth watching. Grady Harp, June 14
I recommend this one especially to people who deep down value material possessions above all...
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The story is interesting and has a bit of a twist but the acting by the 2 main characters, husband and wife has got to be one of the worst I've ever seen.Published 1 month ago by Teov Bay
I love asian horror and South Korea is my favorite of them all! This film is not too bad, nothing new in the genre, one of those that makes you think it's one person but end up... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Aria Araya
This has to be one of the scariest, creepiest, weirdest movies I've seen in a long time. If you want to have the bejeezus scared out of you - this one is a winner. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Dan Lebryk
Even though this sometimes came off as an older style thriller (a little too unbelievable, decisions by lead roles that don't always make sense) it still kept me enthralled until... Read morePublished 18 months ago by K. Groh
I liked Hide and Seek. It's a (subtitled) Korean suspense thriller with a strong American feel. The story has a protagonist with a secret, an array of off-center characters, and a... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Stacey Adam
This is a really suspenseful, fun film with lots of creepy moments. There are a few tiny plot holes towards the end but overall it was thoroughly enjoyable.Published 19 months ago by Mrs. Crabapple
Korean/ Asian thriller fan or thriller genre fan in general: this is a must-see! With its intense plot and character development, the movie is highly entertaining if you’re looking... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Emilywater
Hide and Seek, from director Huh Jung, is Ram Releasing's latest DVD release. It was one of the highest grossing film in South Korea in 2013. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Luanne Ollivier