Starring: Park Shin Yang as Gwang-ho, Jung Hye Young as Mi-sook, Kim Jeong Tae as Tae-joo, Yoon Song Yi as Han Soo-Min, and Uhm Ji Won as Myung Bo-sal
Rating: PG-13, subject matter and some violence
Running Time: 127 min
Twinkies: 3 stars
Synopsis: Also known as The Gangster Shaman, strange things begin to happen to Kwang-ho, a famous mob in town, after he is stabbed in the hand during a fight. He concludes that the path of a shaman is the only solution to his problems, and juggles his vocation as a mob by night and his new role as a shaman by day.
He’s now known as “veiled shaman” and even ghosts visit him for help. While Kwang-ho leads a dangerous double life, he begins to sympathize with a child ghost named Su-min. When Kwang-ho is about to help Su-min, his cover is blown and is attacked by a rival gang. Will Kwang-ho be able to fulfill Su-min’s wish?
Musings: I admit I was originally going to review The Technicians today; however, I don’t think I could do it justice as I really didn’t care for it, so I think I will leave it for all the Woo Bin fans to like. As I was struggling to find something that didn’t have a lot of violence, I came across this little comedy of Park Shin Yang. I have to say, I rarely watch Korean comedies for various reason; mostly, I don’t get the humor. But this one was pretty decent. Why? Park Shin Yang as the tough gangster Gwang-ho who realizes his ability to see and talk to the dead was very funny especially as his alter-ego, the veiled shaman. His interactions with the little girl, Soo Min were cute as she tried desperately to communicate to her mother, Mi-Sook through Gwang-ho. Bo-sal, the shaman trainer and Gwang-ho archenemy, Tae-joo, definitely added more humor to this movie. Overall, a decent movie to watch with not too much violence but definitely a lot of laughs.
Trailer is available on Youtube Website only. The movie is available on various websites.
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