검은손 (Black Hand)

A Golden Tide Pictures Production
Distribution: Storm Pictures Korea
Rating: 18 and Over
Genre: Horror
Running Time: 96 Min (Theatrical) 101 Min (IPTV Uncut)
Shooting Time: ?
Release: 2015/Apr/16

WITH 한고은 (Han Go-Eun) as Yoo-Gyeong; 김성수 (Kim Sung-Soo) as Jung-Woo; 배그린 (Bae Green) as Yoo-Gyeong's Sister; 서범석 (Seo Beom-Seok) as Doctor Kim; 신정선 (Shin Jung-Seon) as Jung-Woo's Wife; 이철민 (Lee Cheol-Min) as Patient Information Division Chief; 차은재 (Cha Eun-Jae) as Nurse Kim; 김도신 (Kim Do-Shin) as Detective Kang;

CREW Director 박재식 (Park Jae-Shik) Executive Producer 양건의 (Yang Geon-Eui) | Screenplay 변혜주 (Byeon Hye-Joo) Adaptation 박재식 (Park Jae-Shik) 임용재 (Im Yong-Jae) | Director of Photography 장성백 (Jang Seong-Baek) Lighting 이시현 (Lee Si-Hyeon) Music 이미성 (Lee Mi-Seong) Art Direction 김지완 (Kim Ji-Wan) Editor 김미주 (Kim Mi-Joo) | Assistant Director 이상백 (Lee Sang-Baek)

BOX OFFICE
KOFIC Nationwide
TOTAL REVENUE: 89,058,665 Won
TOTAL ADMISSIONS: 11,513
BUDGET: N/A

Photo ⓒ Golden Tide Pictures, Storm Pictures Korea

SYNOPSIS

'Black Hand' is a thriller movie depicting eerie phenomena happening to Yoo-kyeong (Han Go-eun) and her surgeon boyfriend Jeong-woo (Kim Sung-soo) after Yoo-kyeong's hand replantation surgery by Jeong-woo. [All the while he endeavors in other means of body scavenging] [Without His Hand] [Han Cinema]

IN SHORT

Over the decades, the cinematic Grand Guignol has often displayed a strange obsession with the notion known as cellular memory – the hypothesis suggesting that memories can be stored by cells extraneous to the brain, something that finds many a believer particularly amongst people who experienced organ transplants. One interesting example is all the body horror flicks that (directly or indirectly) adapted Maurice Renard's Les Mains d'Orlac (The Hands of Orlac), from Robert Wiene's 1924 silent horror Orlacs Hände (The Hands of Orlac) to Newt Arnold's 1962 film Hands of a Stranger -- not to mention more recent cellular memory aficionados like Eric Red's Body Parts, Oliver Stone's The Hand and of course the Pang Brothers' 見鬼 (The Eye).

Generally there's a strong psychological element to those films, whereby said cellular memory becomes a hostile “parasite” of sorts once connected to the body of its new host, creating a strange empathic limbo that almost possesses them. On other instances, such as Park Jae-Shik's second feature after the hikikomori horror 외톨이 (Loner), it's nothing more than a tired McGuffin the film conveniently reverts to whenever the narrative's endless litany of logical fallacies and makjang elements become too exacting to deal with. Park is definitely not new to the genre, as shown by his 2008 debut and nearly two decades of behind the scenes gigs in Chungmuro which even saw him adapt the script of teen slasher 찍히면 죽는다 (Record) – if that's not something I'd try to erase from my filmmography…

I know, I know. Most so-called Korean “horror” films these days live and die by their gimmicks – as they assume that they're dealing with what is mostly a superficial audience looking for cheap thrills, and an eye-catching premise would ideally do wonders to attract their attention. But this sorry excuse of a film so lazily sprinkles assorted horror clichés around (sudden aural scares, the excessive mascara of doom, body mutilation) that you wonder whether it was made by people who have even a remote interest in the genre. It gets so bad that Park has to throw in a few badly edited sex scenes – where Han Go-Eun pulls off a perfect “Kang Soo-Yeon in 1980s Arthouse Erotica” and tries her damnedest to hide her nipples while being suffocated by the throes of passion. Quite the multitasking there.

I don't know what they expect to achieve with this kind of formulaic pap. The genre and its purveyors have (thankfully) moved on, but the industry still seems to be stuck in a sort of lingering nostalgia for the Summer Horror craze of yore, with its pre-packaged gimmicks and ready-made storytelling. It's not going to work when you couple lazy directing, laughable platitudes, garden-variety acting with a premise no one who approached this film had any idea how to tackle.

ACTING GRADES

58 김성수 (Kim Sung-Soo)
57 한고은 (Han Go-Eun)
57 배그린 (Bae Green)
55 서범석 (Seo Beom-Seok)
55 차은재 (Cha Eun-Jae)
54 신정선 (Shin Jung-Seon)
50 이철민 (Lee Cheol-Min)
50 김도신 (Kim Do-Shin)

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