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Hide and Seek (2013)

Son Hyun-joo , Moon Jung-hee , Huh Jung  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Son Hyun-joo, Moon Jung-hee, Jeon Mi-seon
  • Directors: Huh Jung
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: Korean
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: RAM Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: June 10, 2014
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00JDCOI54
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #143,430 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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A heart-stopping jolt! This slick South Korean thriller cunningly manipulates our primal fears. --Maggie Lee, Variety

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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Sung-soo has everything: a beautiful wife and children, a comfortable home and luxury car, and plenty of money in the bank. When he learns that his estranged brother has gone missing, he visits his apartment in search of answers. Unsettled by the shabby, half-empty apartment complex, he quickly notices strange symbols inscribed under the doorbells and the terrified residents who hurriedly lock their doors at the sight of an outsider. The disturbing visit follows Sung-soo and his family home, as they soon find themselves stalked by a mysterious masked figure, and the same strange symbols appear under their doorbell. With his own nightmares escalating out of control, Sung-soo must face his most primal fears to reveal the shocking truth behind the intensifying horror.

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The South Korean hit "Hide and Seek" is a remarkably effective first time feature by writer/director Huh Jung. In the realm of International cinema, South Korea continues to provide some of the grittiest and most unpleasant thrillers imaginable. While this might sound like dubious praise, I mean it as the highest compliment. So many films from the American studio system fail to take significant chances and, therefore, leave me rather uninspired. I like when a thriller (or any film, for that matter), isn't afraid to push buttons and take you to the edge of reason. Among some of my favorites from South Korea, I'd include Oldboy, The Chaser, and I Saw The Devil, but I could list dozens of recent imports similarly worth your time and effort (I'm also an absolute nut for the comedy/horror monster mash-up The Host, but that's another genre entirely). While I don't necessarily feel that "Hide and Seek" is a new classic at the level of these examples, it does provide the requisite chills to make it worthy of viewing. It starts as a supremely creepy mystery, but then morphs into a rather preposterous (but well done) battle for survival. It isn't the most original plot, to be sure, but the genuine dread and uncertainty conveyed in the film's first half sets a really strong tone.

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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hide in plain sight June 11, 2014
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Korean writer/director Jung Huh made this fascinating film in 2013 to great critical acclaim. It is a well-sculpted movie and surprisingly is more understated than the usual fare from these films.

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
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This thriller makes it clear very early that there is a homicidal maniac present in the area where the estranged brother of Sung-soo lives. The building is a shabby place with many unoccupied apartments and is so run down that it is scheduled for demolition in the immediate future. There are repeated hints that Sung-soo falsely accused his brother of a major crime (this is not completely explained) and that his brother suffers from mental illness. Sung-soo has a beautiful wife, a nice home, two children, and some significant wealth, as well as some delusional problems of his own.
As the movie progresses, several people are introduced and for the first hour, all significant hints point strongly in one direction and implicitly in another. Approximately an hour into the movie the true killer is revealed and then it becomes a battle between the evil force and the innocents. At this point the movie has become an action/terror film where the battle between the protagonists is to the death, with one side getting the upper hand and then having their relative positions flipped.
It is an old adage that sometimes the best hiding place is in plain sight and that applies here. The villain is a strong one that you will immediately hate, once you are aware that they are in fact the villain. You will be kept on the edge of your seat as the person acting out the villain really plays the part of the homicidal maniac very well. There is a subtle clue as to the identity of the villain early on but it is most unlikely that you will spot it until you see the entire movie and then go back and look at some of the scenes again.
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