The 8th Night is a 2021 South Korean mystery-thriller film directed by Kim Tae-Hyung for Gom Pictures. Starring Lee Sung-min, Park Hae-Joon, Kim Yoo-Jung, and Nam Da-reum, the film depicts the struggle of exorcists to stop the resurrection of the two mysterious beings that tormented humans and were locked up in 2 caskets for 2500 years. It is released on Netflix on July 2, 2021, and is available for streaming in 190 countries.
A man who was once an exorcist suffers until he faces a demon that is freed. The night exists between real and unreal. Their struggle to stop the resurrection of the demon has begun!
About two and a half millennium ago, two mysterious beings that tormented humans were locked up in 2 caskets. They are required to infiltrate 7 weak human hosts to assume their form. After a few centuries, Monk Ha-Jung (Lee Eol), the protector of one of the caskets, realizes that one of the beings has reawakened, and so he asks monk Chung-Seok (Nam Da-reum) to seek Park Jin-soo (Lee Sung-min), who was born to stop these beings. Jin-soo begins the hunt to find the being with Chung-Seok to stop ‘it’ from causing havoc on the earth.
- Lee Sung-min as Park Jin-soo, the guardian
- Park Hae-Joon as Kim Ho-Tae, homicide detective
- Kim Yoo-Jung as Ae-ran, a girl with a secret
- Nam Da-Reum as Cheong-seok
- Choi Jin-ho as Professor Kim Joon-Cheol
- Lee Eol as Ha-Jeong
- Kim Han-sol as a delivery man
- Park Se-Hyun as a high school girl
In May 2019, Lee Seong-min, Park Hae-Joon, Kim Yoo-Jung, and Nam Da-Reum were confirmed to appear. Later, Lee Eul and Choi Jin-ho joined the cast.
Filming began on May 19, 2019, and was wrapped up on September 26, 2019. The film was shot in Suwon, Incheon, Paju, Daejeon, Daegu, Yeongyang-gun, and Kazakhstan. It was set to release in 2020 but was postponed due to COVID-19.
A Dark and Detailed Storyline
The 8th night has used a lot of references from Hindu Mythology. the third eye that appears on those possessed makes them look like Lord Shiva. This indicates that the monster is Lord Shiva, the god of destruction, and maybe the people he possesses are his avatars. This is just one understanding of the story. You can see the use of ‘Om’ time and again. Even in Buddhism, the word is chanted, and the symbol corresponds to your third eye and helps us connect with our divine self.
The 8th Night is not your typical horror movie. Clearly, a lot of thinking and focus on detail has gone into the story, which has come out perfectly. You should definitely watch The 8th Night, even if you are not a fan of horror.
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