Frightfest is becoming as much a feature of the August Bank Holiday weekend as the Notting Hill Carnival. Given Korea’s track record in producing scary movies you can usually count on there being a K-film or two. This year it’s Bedevilled, screening on Monday afternoon 30 August. The stills look promising.
From the KCC website:
Bedevilled is the debut film from director JANG cheol-soo that brings about more depth to the ever popular slash genre film with spectacular vision flair.
Hae-won leads a stressful life in a Seoul bank which becomes even more stressful after witnessing an attempted murder. To escape she travels to the small beautiful island of Moodo which she visited as a child. Hae-won is reunited with her friend Bok-nam who has written to her constantly over the years asking to whisk her off the island but never received any reply. Hae-won is horrified to see the daily torment that Bok-nam is subjected too as she is treated as a plaything by the islands men and a workhorse by the women of the village.
Bok-nam pleads with Hae-won to help her and her young daughter escape the pitiful life she has been dealt but is still ignored with Hae-won not wishing to get involved. Distraught and fearing that her daughter will follow her footsteps Bok-nam attempts to escape but fails with her daughter being killed in the process. With nothing left worth living for Bok-nam picks up a sickle and starts on a murderous path of revenge.
Having its UK premiere on the 30th August 2010 at the Film4 Frightfest Bedevilled reintroduces the western world to a woman scorned, much like in the vein of Kill Bill or the Japanese Scorpion Prisoner series in the 1970’s. It also introduces the rest of the world to an exciting new talent in JANG Cheol-soo, someone everyone should keep an eye on for in the coming years.
Dir. JANG Cheol-soo
Monday 30th August 2010
Empire Cinema, Leicester Square