Film Review: Spiritwalker (2020) by Yoon Jae-keun

The physique swap idea is one which has been performed to demise in Asian cinema to numerous levels of success. Nevertheless, more often than not, it has been used within the romance or comedy genres. Director Yoon Jae-geun, for his first movie in 11 years since “Heartbeat”, takes the plot gadget and locations it within the motion thriller setting.

“Spiritwalker” is debuting solely on the martial arts streaming service Hello-YAH! on March 18, 2022 earlier than hitting Digital, Blu-ray and DVD April 12 from Properly Go USA Leisure.

“Spiritwalker” is streaming solely on Hi-YAH!

A person wakes up at a automobile accident, having no reminiscence of who he’s or how he received there. The face he carries can also be not his personal, however he’s unknown to the very fact till 12 hours later, when he modifies into a unique physique. Each 12 hours, he strikes to a unique physique, all of the whereas with a number of males from the federal government and gangs on his tail. Who precisely is he? His expertise appear to recommend he has particular ops coaching. Who’re the individuals he jumps into the physique of? Are they random or someway linked? How and why are these jumps occurring? As he tries to make sense of his scenario, the person will get thrust additional into a really sophisticated scandal that entails medicine, unlawful immigrants, surveillance and deceit.

Amnesia has usually been a key component in actions movies and Yoon Jae-keun’s work additionally makes use of it to an entertaining impact right here. The protagonist’s dilemma of attempting to recall who he’s whereas transferring our bodies is nonetheless a novel one and places a recent spin not simply on the reminiscence loss notion however on physique swap too. The difficulty of identification, after all, is a key theme right here because the hero tries to carry on to tiny threads to determine out his personal true self, to feelings and recollections that make him “him”. That is all relatively high-concept in nature however Yoon doesn’t purpose to rewrite the style rulebook right here and moreover just a few minor plotholes, manages to make the straight-forward story narration circulate at a quick tempo. Throw in one in all Korean cinema’s favorite component, bureaucratic corruption, and it ends in a good combine.

“Spiritwalker” involves life as quickly because the motion sequences begin. Hand-to-hand fight, gun fights, automobile chases, foot chases- you identify it, “Spiritwalker” has received it and received it good. If the shut quarters combat sequence remind of the equally amnesia themed The Bourne collection, the large-scale motion set items exhibit the manufacturing’s lavish scope. Generally, the characteristic’s cinematography follows Hollywood requirements however performs an enormous half in heightening the impression of the motion sequences by holding flowing digital camera actions and minimal edits which assist spotlight the stunt work. The climactic shootout notably underlines these facets properly, along with displaying off the spectacular motion choreography. The music additionally has an sufficient however acquainted really feel, reminding of comparable works within the style.

Yoon Kye-sang was final seen in an motion movie because the antagonist within the smash-hit “The Outlaws” and the producers of that movie clearly noticed advantage in his efficiency there, casting him in yet one more manufacturing of theirs right here. If his efficiency doesn’t have the dramatic impact that it did within the 2017 movie, he fares so much higher within the motion division. His portrayal of the confused man determining many issues directly is plausible and Yoon makes him likeable and straightforward to observe round, however it stops in need of being memorable. The motion, nonetheless, ensures that his work right here stays impactful. Lim Ji-yeong will get a pair motion sequences herself as Moon Jin-ah, the mysterious girl our protagonist’s story is someway tied to. Park Yong-woo is generally watchable because the antagonist Park, however an odd writing selection close to the tip makes the character, and thus Park’s efficiency, lose needed gravitas.

Korean cinema appears to be on a mission to reinvent and make a reputation for itself within the motion style lately. “Spiritwalker” efficiently manages to be an absorbing watch that takes an overused plot gadget and offers it a recent spin and, within the course of, manages to have its identify registered alongside the choose few spectacular productions within the style lately from the nation.



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