Guta-yubalja-deul (A Bloody Aria)
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An aspiring opera singer takes a trip into the countryside with her trusted mentor, only to find her fate taking an unexpectedly grim turn in director Won Shin-yun's darkly comic look at the power struggles that exist within all levels of society. In-jeong was on an innocent day trip with her mentor Yeong-sun when the man she once trusted suddenly reveals himself to be a lecherous fiend. Though In-jeong believes she has escaped harm when a seemingly benevolent local offers her a lift to the nearest bus stop, her relief turns to horror when the driver insists on stopping to meet up with his… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 40%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Still, Won pulls off a rare trick: to be funny and frightening while continuing to ratch the tension up and up. Performances, too, are top notch."
‑ Wally Hammond, Time Out
"It may seem an odd thing to say about a film in which a baseball bat as an instrument of assault and rape is a recurring theme, but what makes A Bloody Aria a darkly delightful surprise is its restraint."
‑ Neil Genzlinger, New York Times
"A gripping, disconcerting and thought-provoking exercise that eschews graphic horror in favour of complex, darkly funny psychological drama."
‑ Daniel Etherington, Film4
"Director Won Shin-yun infuses the moralisms with a pulpy energy that recalls cheery shockers such as Hostel and Saw, while also indulging in Three Stooges-style bumpkin-knockabout humour."
‑ Sukhdev Sandhu, Daily Telegraph
"Won's critique of the abuse of power in South Korean society lacks trenchancy, but he subverts convention with an incisiveness lacking in much transatlantic horror."
‑ Patrick Peters, Empire Magazine
"A simply unpleasant experience."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"If you always enjoyed Harold Pinter's tense chamber dramas but wished the characters were better armed, A Bloody Aria is your ticket."
‑ Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
"It's slow, bloody and pretty much devoid of merit."
‑ Wendy Ide, Times [UK]
"Despite the title, A Bloody Aria is unlikely to be music to the ears of extreme cinema fans."
‑ Rob Daniel, Total Film
"It's supposedly an essay on the nature of human brutality and there is a certain amount of narrative deftness at play, but whether in the sequences of dialogue or violence, in both cases extended, the film is not merely unattractive but also uninteresting"
‑ Karl French, Financial Times
"For the most part A Bloody Aria has an adept way of muddying these themes for audiences expecting the usual gore-thirsty trip."
‑ Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times
"Half as amusing as that viral video of a sheep scaring its peeps while wearing a Halloween mask, A Bloody Aria is also less incisive."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Village Voice
"Time should surely now be called on the vogue in Korean cinema for black-comic ultraviolence."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Sore disappointment is in store for anyone expecting Won Shin-yun's revenge/psycho thriller to emerge as the new Oldboy."
‑ Chris Hicks, Total Film
"I suspect it falls between two stools: not nearly grisly enough for the aficionado of extreme Asian cinema, rather too grisly for everyone else."
‑ Robert Hanks, Independent
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