Movie Monday: Psychic/Haunters (2010)

Starring: Gang Dong-Won as Cho-In, Go Soo as Im Kyu-Nam, Enes Kaya as Ali, Abu Dodd as Boba, Jung Eun-Chae as Young-Sook, Byun Hee-Bong as Jung-Sik, and Yang Kyung-Mo as Cho-In (young)

Rating: PG-13, some violence

Running Time: 114 min

Twinkies: 4+++

Synopsis: After losing his job at a scrap metal yard, Kyu-Nam finds a new job at a small pawn shop named Utopia. He is immediately drawn to the family atmosphere at Utopia, working with his new boss Jung-Sik and boss’s daughter Young-Sook. Unfortunately for Kyu-Nam, his moment of happiness will only be fleeting.

Cho-In (Gang Dong-Won) lived through a brutal childhood. He has had to use a prosthetic leg since an early age, grew up with an abusive father and lived with a mother who at one point attempted to kill her own son out of despair. Cho-In also possesses an awe-inspiring supernatural gift. Cho-In can control other people’s minds when they are within his field of sight.

One fateful day, Cho-In walks into the Utopia pawn shop to steal whatever money exists in the safe. Not expecting much resistance, Cho-In is surprised to find one man at the Utopia pawn shop is able to break free from his mind control abilities. That man is Kyu-Nam. Cho-In then resorts to killing the owner of pawn shop to make his escape. All of this is captured on CCTV. An epic battle will soon occur between these two people with supernatural abilities and nothing to lose.

Musings: I am a fan of the paranormal/supernatural. Why? I have no idea! But I was so glad that I watched this in the daytime! It was gritty and very, very dark. This movie did, kind of, remind me of the Bruce Willis & Samuel L Jackson in “Unbreakable” but other than the premise, the comparisons end there. Literally, this is the battle of the minds between two great actors! This was the first time I’d ever seen Go Soo and I was duly impressed. From start to finish, this movie held my attention and I was riveted to my seat as I watched Kyu-Nam do “mental” battle with Cho-In.

Gang Dong Won as Choi Won was one SUPER SCARY dude!! Gang Dong Won’s performance as a soft-spoken man with Professor X-esque abilities of mind control is positively terrifying, and a power that is enough to command an entire army of humans turned zombie-like!

As usual, I have to warn you that this is really, really dark! There are happy moments at the beginning and definitely sad moments as Cho-In goes on his human rampage. For a brief moment when they delve into his early life, you realize just how sympathetic (and pitiful) a character he really is. Yes, Gang Dong Won does psychopath, very very well!

Trailer is available on on YouTube Website only. The movie is available on several sites. Ask me if your interested. Also available on Netflix DVD if you are a subscriber.

I’m available on Twitter. Thanks to all of you Twinkles out here who are taking the time to read! The movies for this month are the ones that I’ve watched in the last year that I REALLY LIKE! Suggestions welcome!

7 thoughts on “Movie Monday: Psychic/Haunters (2010)”

  1. I got to see this movie in the theaters the last time I visited Korea…and was promptly freaked out by Kang Dong Won’s compelling depiction of Cho In. *shivers* I did mention that I have a somewhat vivid imagination, right?
    I couldn’t stop thinking about the creepiness of both characters–but especially Cho In–for the duration of my trip in Korea. Although I wanted to see the movie because of Kang Dong Won, he’s ultimately what creeped me out about the movie. *shivers more violently* But then again, I guess this only proves how great of an actor he is…right? *smiles weakly*
    Great review!…although I may now have nightmares. LOL 😉

  2. This movie has been on my To Watch list for ages – in part because I’ve yet to actually see Kang Dong Won in anything, but also because I love supernatural/fantasy storylines (and yes, okay, also because I love Go Soo. kind of a lot.).

    Maybe I’ll watch this tonight. Or, having read ST’s comment, maybe I should wait till I can watch during the daylight hours. *g*

    1. I’ve officially watched everything he has done! Everything! Except for his early movie, he doesn’t do comedies, always serious. He is like SJS in that aspect. Both did a comedy in the early days and abandon them.

  3. Jules, you won’t be disappointed!

    I absolutely enjoyed Haunters to pieces, it was so freaking good.

    Nice choice NewKDramaAddict XD

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