The Piper (English title) / Guest (literal title)(손님)is a July 9, 2015 Movie directed by Kim Gwang-Tae South Korea.
After the Korean War, a father ( Ryoo Seung-Ryong ) and his son arrive at a remote village in the mountain. They stay there. Bizarre and mysterious instances takes place among the visitors and residents, including the village leader ( Lee Sung-Min ).
Carnivorous rats are mickey mouse compared with the heinous humans in “The Piper,” South Korean helmer-scribe Kim Gwang-tae’s chilling transposition of “The Pied Piper of Hamelin” to a Korean hamlet in the early ’50s. As a bleak fable on human nature (“Crimes committed for survival should be forgiven,” notes one character), it’s pretty old hat, but as an allegory on Korean history and politics, the movie proves cynically observant, with starkly economical storytelling and sharp visual effects to boot. Despite the fantasy-horror trappings, gorehounds expecting a typically grisly K-thriller payoff may be disappointed by the film’s tone of controlled anger. Though it’s not exactly hit material, a few genre festivals should dance to its tune.
Set alongside other Korean horror adaptations of Western fairy tales, such as “Hansel and Gretel” and “The Red Shoes,” “The Piper” proves less surreal in plot or aesthetics. Instead, it conveys eeriness through the village’s otherworldly ambiance and builds up to a murderous frenzy by insinuation. The rats are not presented as the sort of mutant animals that would appear in a monster movie; instead, the focus is squarely on the human characters and their inhumanity.
Kim Woo-ryong (Ryu Seung-ryong, “The Target”), a flute player with a crippled leg, lost his wife during the Korean War, which left most people destitute. To find a cure for his son Young-nam (Gu Seung-hyun), who is suffering from tuberculosis, he takes the boy on a journey on foot to Seoul, where he believes a “Dr. McArthur” can work wonders with American medicine. While wending through a forest, they’re led by the smell of cooking to a sequestered village. The villagers’ ancient clothing makes them look as if they’ve been cut off from the outside world for centuries, giving viewers the feeling of stepping into a time warp.