HIDE AND SEEK, the new chiller/thriller from South Korean, first-time filmmaker Jung Huh. But I'm coming up empty. I don't mean this as a complaint, because all those red herrings seem like something else as this creepy mystery unravels. At only 107 minutes (the film is relatively short by South Korean standards), it packs in plenty of plot and suspense. There's a missing brother, adoption, long buried family secrets, a large apartment house in a run-down part of the city, together with a flock of tenants who seem frightened out of their wits. And then there are those weird markings by the bell of each apartment door....
After more than a decade of seeing and thinking about South Korean cinema, I admit to still being somewhat flummoxed at how its filmmakers keep achieving as much as they do -- in whatever genre they tackle.
Bong Joon-ho's Snowpiercer, which I'll cover when it opens later this month.)
Son Hyeon-ju (above) makes his father figure decent but awfully repressed. Hence we're pretty much ready for anything to surface here. And it does.
Doris Day might have handled, if Ms Day were younger and Korean), Moon Jung-hee (above in blue) is sweet and motherly, if also a tad entitled (well, she's from a wealthy Korean-American family) who possesses a nice reserve of strength when needed.
Jeon Mi-seon (center, left, above) as the very caring mother who lives in that vile apartment complex with her young daughter. Ms Jeon is a marvel, and this is a performance you simply must experience to believe. It is one for the books.
Ram Releasing (the genre arm of Film Movement) and certainly the best of the three -- hits the streets this Tuesday, June 10, for sale or rental.