The Quiet Family

South Korea | 1998 | 101 min. | Jee-woon Kim

February 22, 2023

As the bodies pile up, so do the laughs in this Evil Dead–style blend of macabre shocks and absurdist humor. Having left Seoul to open a countryside inn, the Kang’s slow business turns to seriously bad luck as their guests start dying off.


SIFF Film Talk: The Happiness of the Katakuris vs. The Quiet Family 
See Takashi Miike's remake The Happiness of the Katakuris on February 27, then join us for this Film Talk.
March 1, 2023 @ SIFF Film Center & Zoom Webinar


Having left Seoul to open an inn in the mountains, the Kang family finds business disappointingly slow as they wait anxiously for customers. But when their first guest winds up dead, it’s only the beginning of a run of seriously bad luck, as everyone who checks in meets a similarly grisly fate. Now, what to do with all those corpses? Loosely remade by Takashi Miike as The Happiness of the Katakuris, this jet-black comic thriller offers a subversive take on the concepts of duty and solidarity within the Korean family unit.

  • Original Language Title: Choyonghan kajok
  • Director: Jee-woon Kim
  • Principal Cast: Song Kang-ho, Choi Min-suk, Moon-hee Na, In-hwan Park
  • Country: South Korea
  • Year: 1998
  • Running Time: 101 min.
  • Producer: Eun Lee
  • Screenplay: Jee-woon Kim
  • Cinematographers: Kwang-seok Jeong
  • Editors: Im-pyo Ko
  • Language: Korean
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • US Distributor: Harvard Film Archive