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A gruesome retelling of the legendary Brothers Grimm classic! After the Korean War a flute-playing wanderer and his son arrives to a peaceful and remote village where he makes a deal to the chief to eradicate the uncontrollable rat infestation. Using his mystical flute he wipes the rats away from the village only to be paid with greed, corruption and betrayal while losing the ones he loves. Vowing for revenge he soon changes his tune and uses his magical flute to settle a score that will clean the land of filth once and for all!
Stylish blood-letting...which heightens both the emotional resonance and macabre tone of what is already a very twisted tale to begin with. --Twitch Film
The visuals look fantastic, with a great splattering of genuine horror and bizarre fantasy. --The Hollywood News
Recommended rather highly for those who enjoy dark, slightly fantastical thrillers! --Libertas Film Magazine
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The setup involves a father, who's on his way to Seoul to get medical treatment for his son. On the way, they stop at an isolated village of recluses, trying to avoid the communists invaders from the Korean War. While there, the father discovers that the village has a rat problem. He offers his services to rid the village of their pests. But everything's not as it seems, as the villagers have several skeletons in their closet, which come out in the open, once the Piper completes his task. A few twists and turns occur, along with a few acts of vengeance, until the film reaches a conclusion, I won't spoil it for you.
The Piper did a good job of telling a Dark Fairy Tale. This is not a horror film per se. Although there are some horror elements added to it. Rather it's a twisted tale, that shows how isolation can become its own enemy. Especially when people are driven by irrational fear. In this case, the threat of communist invaders is one of the biggest influences in how the villagers behave. But that's only part of what they're hiding from, as we discover later on in the film.
We also get a slight look at how small villages in Korea's past, might have been run. Having a Shaman was an important component in this story. It also showed how superstitions can affect the decisions people make. Beyond that, the threat of the rats was a bit paranormal in nature. But it adds to the the overall atmosphere of the film.
In conclusion, I gave The Piper 4 stars. It was definitely a film that hasn't been done before. It was different, curious, and a bit disturbing at the the end. But not in an over the top kind of way. It was more like, what goes around, comes around. And when it comes, it might be in the form of rats.
There is plenty of blood and a good bit of violence. Unlike Willard, most if not all of the rats are CG. The film moves slowly and allows things to develop and I mean that in a good way. Dubbed in English.
Guide: No swearing, sex, or nudity.