Young shaman Hwa-rim and her partner and co-medium Bong-gil respond to a call for help from the USA, where the wealthy Park family, Korean exiles, is plagued by irritations: something is wrong with the family’s descendants and the head of the family himself is hearing screams. The duo accept the job – after all, it’s well paid – and, along with a feng shui expert and an undertaker, they start to exhume the ancestors’ grave in the north of Gangwon-do province. In the process, something escapes from the coffin, people die, others prove to be obsessed and the real problems haven’t even started yet. Jang Jae-hyun’s third feature film is a horror mystery thriller full of humour and verve, addressing issues of class, history, tradition, religion and superstition. Unfolding around the strange coffin in this odd place is an episodic series of lushly staged incantation rituals with linguistic analyses of grave lids, that relishes in cinematic effects and is carried by a great cast – besides Oldboy star Choi Min-sik as the geomancer, above all Kim Go-eun.
by Jang Jae-hyun
with Choi Min-sik, Kim Go-eun, Yoo Hai-jin, Lee Do-hyun
South Korea 2024 Korean, Japanese, English, Subtitles: English 134' World premiere


  • Choi Min-sik
  • Kim Go-eun
  • Yoo Hai-jin
  • Lee Do-hyun


DirectorJang Jae-hyun
ScreenplayJang Jae-hyun
CinematographyLee Mo-gae
EditingJeong Byeong-jin
MusicKim Tae-seong
SoundKim Byung-in
Production DesignSeo Sung-kyung
CostumesChoi Yoon-sun
Make-UpLee Eun-ju
ProducersCharlie Shin, Jang Jae-hyun, Kim Young-min, Kim Jee-hye
Executive ProducerCharlie Shin
Co-ProductionMCMC, Seoul

Produced by

Showbox Corp.

Seoul, South Korea

Pinetown Production

Seoul, South Korea

World Sales

Showbox Corp.

Seoul, South Korea

Jang Jae-hyun

Born in 1981 in South Korea, he studied at the Korean National University of Arts. His short film 12th Assistant Deacon won the Best Director award at the Jeonju International Film Festival and Best Short Film at the Paris Korean Film Festival. Continuing his directorial journey, he wrote and directed The Priests in 2015 and Svaha: The Sixth Finger in 2019.


2009 Indoeseo on Malli (Maley from India); short film 2010 Bus; short film 2014 12 Beonjjae Bojosaje (12th Assistant Deacon); short film 2015 Geomeun Sajedeul (The Priests) 2019 Svaha: The Sixth Finger 2024 Pa-myo (Exhuma)

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2024


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