Manyeo   2018   South Korea The Witch: Part 1. The Subversion
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Director:Hoon-jung Park
Studio:Peppermint & Company
Writer:Hoon-jung Park
IMDb Rating:6.6 (129 votes)
Genre:Action, Mystery
Duration:125 min
Hoon-jung Park  ...  (Director)
Hoon-jung Park  ...  (Writer)
Woo-sik Choi  ...  
Min-soo Jo  ...  
Da-mi Kim  ...  
Hee-soon Park  ...  
Mowg  ...  Composer
Comments: Kim Da-mi is beyond super fabulous as the witch girl. Fantastic!
Go Min-si is charming and makes the most of her un-charming sidekick role.
Park Hee-soon, as the big bad guy, can't act, chews gum the whole time because he believes it makes him look menacing. He implored the director to give him a bad eating-acting scene so he could drive home the point. "Watch me chew"!
Choi Woo-shik is an over-moisturized hairdo hired as fan service. Da-Eun, a k-popper, as his sidekick employs both gum chewing and sucking lollipops to give her character depth. Fuck. She does look good cutting people up with a knife, though.

The ultra-uber-hyper violence is great. It's doubly entertaining because a large percentage of it is carried out by a school girl. Koreans do violence well, but you gotta wait over an hour for it.

The construction of the film is tedious. It starts off with some historical spooky bloody bits that scream "We'll explain this later. We need to give you something now to tide you through our mundane section". Cheap, chickenshit film making. And explain it later they do, in a long boring interrogation speech. As if story matters here. The scenes that transition the film from mundane to action are clumsy, at best, as if stuff that doesn't make sense creates mystery. Fuck.

This flick is a 2, but the carnage of the second half, and Kim Da-mi's performance are so entertaining it lifts the film to a 4/5.


Korea does violence so well. I truly love the violence in these movies. But 'creative' story telling is not Korea's strong suit (imo), so if they try too hard to make up a universe with all kinds of origin stories and crap like that the little girl ultra violence will suffer and I'll detach

I think I read they are going to create a full universe franchise out of this WITCH business. I re-watched just the little girl ultra-violence parts of Part 1 to see which little girl is better

Conclusion: They are both really good. However, when Part 1 girl shows up in Part 2, I give the edge to Part 2 girl. She has better eyes. It may be that she is just younger, and , as far as this stuff goes, the younger the better. And but because the more innocent the better

The other gangs who participate in the ultra super power violence are okay. That's all

ps - What's with the cheap character development of having the bad guys and girls chew gum and eat ill-manneredly? Korea employing idiotic tropes: Disappointing. I can't believe all the gum chewing in these movies. It's on par with the USA Women's National indoor volleyball team. Yikes!

Summary: A high school student with amnesia tries to uncover what has happened to her. All leading her into deeper troubles ultimately revealing a darkness she could not have imagined.

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