THE MEDIUM (2021) Reviews of a Thai-Korean possession pic – now with trailer

 

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The Medium is a Thai-Korean horror film about possession and a shaman’s inheritance in the Isan region of Thailand. What seems to be possessing a family member might not be the goddess they make it out to be…

Directed by Banjong Pisanthanakun (Pee Mak; Alone; The ABCs of Death ‘N is for Nuptials’ segment; 4BIA aka Phobia; Shutter) from a screenplay co-written with producer Na Hong-jin (The Wailing; The Chaser).

The GDH 559-Showbox Entertainment-Northern Cross co-production stars Narilya Gulmongkolpech, Sawanee Utoomma, Sirani Yankittikan, Yasaka Chaisorn, Boonsong Nakphoo, Arunee Wattana and Thanutphon Boonsang.

Review:

“The Medium is another of Na Hong-Jin’s superbly staged slow-build genre pieces about the struggles and lives of the underclass. It is well directed by Bangjong Pisanthanakun, for sure, but Na Hong-Jin’s imprint is unmistakable and will of course be the main drawer for horror fans, especially after his masterwork, The Wailing.” Cinevue

“The first-person documentary approach does inevitably suffer from lapses in logic and irresolvable coverage and editing issues – they plague even the best examples of this particular style of film – but for much of its running time, The Medium takes us on an effective and unsettling journey into the dark unknown.” South China Morning Post

Release:

The film had its world premiere at the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival on July 10, 2021.

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Cast and characters:

Narilya Gulmongkolpech … Mink
Sawanee Utoomma … Nim
Sirani Yankittikan … Noi
Yasaka Chaisorn … Manit
Boonsong Nakphoo … Santi
Arunee Wattana … Pang
Thanutphon Boonsang … Lisa
Pakapol Srirongmuang … Producer
Akkaradech Rattanawong … Pong

Alternate titles:

Rangjong – South Korea
Rang Zong – Thailand
Rang Song – working title

Technical details:

131 minutes

Trailer:

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