Once upon a time, up in the mountains outside Seoul, there lived a quiet family: dad, mom, son, two young daughters, and an uncle. Six quiet people just minding their own business, which in this case was their lodge aptly called Misty Lodge.
They cleaned and scrubbed and eagerly opened their lodge. But alas, no lodgers came. Day after day, they waited outside their lodge, but because it was off the beaten track, the lodge might as well be invisible. The spirits of the family sank.
Then one day a lodger came. Oh, the family was so excited! Their first lodger! Their first 30,000-won lodger! But this lodger checked in and never checked out. The next day he was found dead.
Thus began a very puzzling and troubling pattern. Lodgers came and died. The bodies piled up.
It got so bad the family lost count of the bodies they had buried. And it was not just “bury and be done with it”; no, it was bury and rebury. The son and uncle got so good at the burial business they could even joke about it: “I can bury a body in 30 minutes now!” Hahaha.
For a movie with so many dead bodies and so much blood, you would think The Quiet Family (1998) was a horror movie. But no, this was one of the funniest Korean movies I had ever watched. It was hysterical, the parade of dead bodies and the family’s vain efforts to fathom it all. I loved its dark humor and just its overall quirkiness.
And look at the cast. Park In-hwan as the dad of this quiet and oh, so funny family. Na Moon-hee as the mother. Song Kang-ho as their son. Choi Min-shik as the uncle. Jeong Jae-yeong as one of the lodgers. And so on. Awesome acting, all of them.
I giggled long after the last song and credits were over. Just thinking about it the morning after made me laugh out loud again. Don’t miss this!!