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I don’t see much of the comedy here but judging the fact that this is directed by Kim Min-suk who co-wrote the wonderfully wacky and indeed very amusing The Good, the Bad, the Weird (review), it’s very likely that the comedy is hidden in the depths of the film.

The movie in question is Haunted (also known as Psychic), stars pretty boy Kang Dong-won as Cho-in, a man with the ability to get into people’s heads and control their actions with his mind. Hiding from his gifts, he tries to make a peaceful life for himself with little success. When he tries to rob a store by using his powers on the clerk, he encounters Kyu-nam who is immune to Cho-in’s power. Upset by the fact that he can’t control Kyu-nam, Cho-in gives chance, killing a man in the process and pitting the two men against each other.

It’s a hokey little story but I must admit I’m always taken by these Korean fantasy thrillers which manage to mix all sorts of wacky ideas and make them work. Haunted happens to be a little more appealing because it also features some gorgeous visuals and what appear to be some pretty interesting situations.

Haunted opened in Korea to big box office numbers over the weekend. I expect at this rate, we may see it make the rounds of a few festivals in 2011.

Trailer after the break.

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