AKA: Sil Jong
Directed by: Sung-Hong Kim
Starring: Moon Sung-Keun (Pan-Gon), Jeon Se-hong (Sister 1), Choo Ja-hyun (Sister 2)
Country: South Korea; Effed Up Asian Movies
Language: Korean (Eng Subs); Effed Up Korean Films
Genres: Based on a True Story, Siblings, Captivity-Kidnapping, Sexual-Violence against Women, Revenge, Gruesome
Plot – Spoilers:
Very loosely based on a South Korean fisherman, Oh, who killed three women and a man in the 2000s.
A chicken farmer with an invalid mother at home runs a small restaurant in a remote village that hardly has any tourists. The locals love the unique taste of the eggs he sells, a taste that’s unbeknownst to them spiked with the human flesh his chicken feed on. The supply of flesh comes from the caged tourist girls he torments in his cellar (like dogs, in his words) until they no longer please him. After one such girl goes missing, her sister comes a-searching but has to deal with bumbling country police.
The killer behaves like a veteran when it comes to the girls. He’s not rabid wanting to finish his victims in a hurry. Rather, he likes to drag it out and savor the moment. So for example, when he locks one of his victims in, he pauses outside for a while to hear her begging and later even spends a while alone, playing the harmonica.
Missing borders on the ridiculous towards the end, but is mostly saved by Moon Sung-Keun’s performance as the killer. If you’ve watched enough Korean killer movies, there is a certain nonplussed expressionless demeanor the psychopaths tend to wear. And while it might have become generic, it remains an attractive one, at least to fans of their cinema.