The Wailing : made no sense

made no sense

this movie made no sense

I have read some theories but that's all they are and they contradict each other too lol
so which theory is correct?

movies shouldn't need theories they should be self explanatory

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I wholeheartedly disagree! What fun would that be? :)

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the main story of The Wailing was actually about Good
(the woman in white/angel) vs Evil (the japanese guy/ the devil). The Village/villagers was/were the battlefield/pawns. The Japanese guy was the devil worshipper at the beginning (he plagued the village with his dark activities) but his body was possessed by the devil after he died. so the shaman continued the jap's works (he went back to the village after the devil gave him a sign by raining him with dirts/bird's poo or something. I forgot)in the end, the devil won the game. the villagers believed more in ghost/supernatural stuff but not in God.

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When does the Japanese man die? When he lands on the car and is thrown off the mountain (by the lady?) ? Sorry, just trying to make sense out of the movie. What's still confusing is who is evil from what moment. Like the shaman couldn't he have just become evil at some point at the end, when he's leaving for Seoul and got bird pooed on his car? Can we just assume the Japanese man is evil from the start since he collected some personal photos in his shrine?

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Japanese man dies when the Angel (young woman) throws him off the cliff into the cop and his buddies truck. The shaman always had alternative motives...he was always working with the *bad side, he was just not aware a angel was in town.


I read this in a chola accent.

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And this is exactly my issue with the movie. Nobody truly knows what the hell transpired but everyone calls it "deep and thought provoking". Not saying it's a bad movie (although it's most definitely not my cuppa tea) but my personal preference is that even if a movie is open-ended, there needs to be a fair amount of clues littered throughout to be able to piece the puzzle together in a coherent manner.

This one just threw everything up in the air, layered it with some impressive imagery but then left it almost exclusively to the audience members to theorize the meaning. That doesn't work for me.

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He threw himself into the truck, not the woman. He presumably died when thrown off the mountain though, as the rain suddenly stops (it accompanies her) and she can no longer protect the girl.

Apparently the original cut- which has a completely different ending- was a lot clearer, but the director decided we should share in the protagonists confusion. I for one think the entire thing was a take on the anti-christ. The Woman is God, maybe even a form of Jesus (the whole 'rooster crows 3 times' bit reminded me of Peter's denial) and the demon is 'the anti-christ/devil'. Almost makes you wonder if 3 days passed between the Japanese guys 'death' and 'resurrection'. The Shaman might be the dark prophet.

ForrestHump: To be fair, most interpretative works are like this. I find it funny listening to people analyze the "deep social themes" of Visitor Q, when I think it's obvious director Takashi Miike is just going for shock value. I feel the same way about Terence Malicks' works. All smoke and mirrors designed to confuse the audience into thinking the work is something more than it really is. Perhaps "The Wailing" is the same way, but I guess it doesn't matter as long as it makes a connection to you or me.

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Well said & very good point.

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agreed...very frustrating to watch...

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I'm all for a cerebral horror but there's a line between great storytelling (ie, The Usual Suspects) and pretentiousness. I'm afraid this film falls into the latter category. Just unnecessarily convoluted.

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I think this explanation is the most correct one!

Sequence of events:

Under influence of evil Tengu, Monk rapes and infects Police daughter.
Police destroys Monk's ritual room, kills his dog and threatens to kill him if he does not leave in 3 days.
In response, Monk hangs dead goat to curse police family further (father paralyse momentarily, daughter went rabid and kills neighbour). He also proceeds to prepare a ritual to revieve zombie to protect himself/kill villagers.
A good/famous Shaman was brought in by police's mother.
Shaman removed Tengu's hidden crow curse and performs a high risk out-of-body hex to kill Monk. For a successful ritual, Shaman warns police there should be no interruption / visiter / drinking etc.
Although the hex is directed at the Demon, the daughter being under the control of the Demon, also suffers in pain and pleads for her father to stop the hex.
Monk almost died from the Shaman's hex but wakens when the police interrupted the ritual. The hex backfires, giving opportunity for Demon to leave the Monk and control Shaman instead.
Monk (now good) returns to his room to recuperate. Youko sees that he is no longer possessed, hence did not hurt him even though he is weakened.
Good Monk awakes and remembers that the zombie is revieved and may hurt people. He panicks and hurries to find it.
Fearing for his daughter's life, the Police went with his friends to the Monk's house to kill him.
Planning to make the villagers sin and lessen the village's protection from Grandma or Youko, the Demon contols the zombie to lure Monk back to his house to be killed by villagers.
Monk tries to escape the angry villagers but fell down a short cliff. He cries at the thought of his past sins and at the irony of his circumstance as his original intent was to save the villagers.
Monk sees Youko and chases after her. Being a fox spirit possessing a young woman, perhaps she fears of being captured/exocised by the good Monk, or she is accquinted with the Monk in the past and does not wish to reunite with him.
While chasing, Monk slips down clift and knocked against police's lorry.
Police and gang throws Monk over road's cliff.
Shaman (now bad) laughs as the Deman's plan to make the villagers sinners was successful, and that the Demon was able to fully take over the body of the dead/critically injured Monk.
Shaman returns to the Police house to collect the souls. However, Youko overpowers him.
Fearing for his life, he abandons his mission and flees home. The Crow Demon reminds Shaman that he has to work for him by blowing off the lited candle (no buddha can protect him) and sending a dead crow (death omen).
Shaman tries to flee the village, but the Demon sends moths to further instil fear in Shaman for the consequences in abandoning his task.
Shaman returns back to village (as seen on the road signage "Gokseong") and resumes his task by tricking the police that the young woman is the demon instead of the Monk.
As the policeman has sinned, the Youko and Grandma can no longer prevent the demon's complete take over of the daughter, nor the deaths of his family. However, Youko tries to trap the Demon and prevent the Shaman from collecting their souls. The trap will be successful if the police does not step past the flower trap after the rooster crows 3 times.
Unfortunately, the police's faith wavered when he saw Youko with the infected human being's belongings (including his daughter's hairpin), and he returned home to find that his daughter has murdered the whole family.
Shaman then came to take photo/collect souls.

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