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Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum

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Korea|2018|94min |

Code Time Theater Rate GV Ticketing
211 7/14  20:00 Korea Manhwa Museum 15 GV
513 7/17  17:00 CGV Sopoong 3 15
1003 7/22  16:30 Bucheon City Hall, Main Theater(2F) 15
211 7/14  20:00Korea Manhwa Museum
15  GV
513 7/17  17:00CGV Sopoong 3
1003 7/22  16:30Bucheon City Hall, Main Theater(2F)

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An internet broadcaster recruits a people for visit a place selected as one of the fear places on the planet. They are to explore the haunted asylum and stream it live on their online show. Are their attempts brave or stupid?

Program Note

Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum is set in a real place. It is a mental hospital located in gonjiam-eup, Gwangju, Gyeonggi Province. Seven young men attempt to sneak into the hospital in time for midnight, saying they will experience this place, one of the world’s seven scariest places selected by CNN. This setting is fiction. Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum , though filmed as true, is a typical Found Footage Film. It has recorded nearly 2.7 million viewers in Korea though it is considered a non-popular genre in Korea. It is played in the eyes of the characters and is presented clearly in a sense of being on scene. This means that the fear of the experience was frightening. On the other hand, collective patient suicides and the disappearance of the hospital administrator which happened during the military regime of Park Jeonghee, are symbolized as the tragedy of modern history which is connected to the Park Geun-hye regime, and extended to the social fear as a reflection of the times in the several scenes. Director JUNG Bummshik, who made his debut in the feature film Epitaph (2007, co-director JUNK Shik), casts Park Ji-a, who starred a mother ghost in Epitaph , as the missing director in Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum . Combining the two works is also a good way to read Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum in a more multi-dimensional way. (HUH Nam-woong)



JUNG Bum-shik

Born in 1970. He has won the Best New Director Prizes at Director’s Cut Awards and the Busan Film Critics Association Awards with his debut film Epitaph. In 2018, he gained public and critical attention by his well-made, low-budget horror film Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum.


Kim Won-kuk

Jung Bum-shik, Park Sang-min

Yun Jong-ho

Kim Hyung-ju

Na Yoon-sik

Production Design
Jung Sung-kyun

Jung Sung-kyun


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