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First premiered at the Berlin Film Festival… “Suspense outside of horror grammar”

Director Jaehyun Jang

Director Jaehyun Jang

(Berlin = Larose.VIP) Correspondent Kim Gye-yeon = “It is a good funeral method to quickly return to the soil. When you dig into the ground, you find soil full of minerals like veins, which is called blood soil. Because the mineral activity is active, if buried, it decays in three days. That’s true. In Feng Shui, there are branches that value soil quality and branches that value the location and terrain of the tomb.”

Director Jang Jae-hyun, who met in Berlin, Germany on the 15th (local time), explained Korean funeral laws, feng shui, and shamanism at length. After completing his previous work, ‘Sabaha’ (2019), he learned funeral rituals and burial techniques from funeral masters for about a year. He is also close to becoming a funeral director.

Director Jang, who is rarely involved in the occult in Korea, visited the 74th Berlin International Film Festival, which opened today, with his new film ‘Breakdown’. ‘Pamyo’ will be screened from the 16th in the Forum section, which introduces experimental and original works.

'Tomb'

‘Tomb’

A feng shui master, undertaker, and shaman appear in ‘Pamyo’. The story unfolds when shamans Hwa-rim (played by Kim Go-eun) and Bong-gil (Lee Do-hyeon) recommend a relocation to a family suffering from a strange disease, and feng shui master Sang-deok (Choi Min-sik), who smells money, and undertaker Yeong-geun (Yoo Hae-jin) join them.

Director Jang’s interest in funeral law dates back about 30 years. It all happened while witnessing a grave being moved for highway construction in his hometown, Yeongju, Gyeongsangbuk-do. “After the ancestral rites, they tied the rotten coffin with a string and took it out. I also remember the smell of the dirt.”

Director Jang is said to have been very interested in films that deal with supernatural subjects. Since it is rarely produced in Korea, he said, “You can say I made it because I wanted to see it.”

The main concern is not to scare or startle the audience. Director Jang said, “People ask why I only make horror movies, but I don’t like horror movies either.” He said, “I wanted to create new tension through atmosphere and suspense rather than the grammar of existing horror movies,” and said that he focused on ‘grotesque oriental mystery.’

'Tomb'

‘Tomb’

Like previous works, the fact that the story is told from an expert’s perspective is also different from typical horror stories that make you empathize with the ‘victim’. Director Jang said that ‘team play’ has been strengthened compared to previous works as several experts such as feng shui masters, undertakers, and shamans appear. At the same time, he said, “The characters are bouncy like a caper movie. I like bright characters to go into dark places.”

Prior to its domestic release, ‘Pamyo’ will be shown for the first time to Western audiences who have different funeral cultures and are not familiar with Korean-style feng shui or shamanism. Director Jang said, “There are elements based on feng shui in Western architecture,” and “I also understood Tibetan Buddhism while watching the movie ‘Kundun’ when I was young. There will be no problem in following the context.”

dada@yna.co.kr

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