From iQiyi’s library comes a mine of classic and contemporary thrilling films and series, inspired by the mysticism and folklores unique to and where Asia is best known for. Turn off the lights and enjoy horror at its most thrilling only on iQiyi and iQ.com this month of Au-ghost: “The Great Shaman Ga Doo Shim”, “Spellbound”, “Bangkok Haunted”, “Tales from the Dark 1 & 2”, “The Cursed”, “Intruder” and “The Ferryman: Legends of Nanyang” to name a few.
Newly-released (July 30) is the young-adult mystery thriller series “The Great Shaman Ga Doo Shim” starring Nam Da Reum, Kim Sae Ron and Yoon Sun Ho. Ga Doo Shim (Kim Sae Ron) wishes to spend her teenage years as a regular high school student but can’t do so because she’s destined to be a shaman who chases evil spirits. Ga Doo Shim soon transfers to a new class and meets Na Woo Soo (Nam Da Reum), the epitome of a straight-A student with a perfect life coming from a good and wealthy background. Teaming up together and discovering their unique abilities to bust ghosts, they soon step into one adventure to the next fighting against evil.
Released in 2001 which also recorded high earnings in the box-office when it was released, “Bangkok Haunted” is a film about ghostly possessions told by three women. The first story, “Legend of the Drum” brings to life a dancer’s spirit that possesses an old drum discovered by an antiques dealer; “Black Magic Woman” tells of a love potion that makes women irresistible to men, but is extracted from corpses and the receiver gets to pay for the horrifying price of the potion; the last story “Revenge” reveals horrifying consequences when the truth about a tragic past is revealed.
Starring Son Ye Jin, “Spellbound” is a romantic thriller from 2011 about a chance meeting between a street magician Ma Jo-goo (Lee Min-ki) and a woman named Kang Yeo-ri (Son Ye-jin). Inspired by Yeo-ri’s melancholic expression, Jo-goo invites Yeo-ri to work with him. The ghost show they came up with makes quite a splash among the audience and keeps the team enthusiastic. But Yeo-ri rarely attends the team’s celebration party, yet finds herself in an awkward situation after finally attending a party once. Jo-goo, however, becomes more interested in Yeo-ri after the embarrassing incident. He tries to walk into Yeo-ri’s house, but finds the girl is surrounded by visible ghosts. What’s more frightening is the ghosts also start following Jo-goo and also begins to have a glimpse into Yeo-ri’s tragic past.
From Hongkong, “Tales from the Dark (Part 1 & 2)” films released in 2013 are based on the writings of the popular Chinese author Lilian Lee (“Farewell My Concubine). Both films feature three different stories starred in by a strong cast from Hongkong that includes Simon Yam, Kelly Chen, Tony Leung and Siu Yam-yam in Part 1, while Part 2 stars Teddy Robin, Gordon Lam, Fala Chen and Kelvin Kwan.
“The Cursed” is a 2020 South Korean suspense series that brings together talented and iconic actors starring Sung Dong-Il, Uhm Ji-Won, Jung Ji-so, Jo Min-soo and Jung Moon-sung. In the series, a devil exists in the largest IT enterprise which is only known by a girl with mysterious skills and a journalist who has a great sense of justice who join hands to destroy the devil’s apocalyptic plan.
A sibling who went missing after 25 years mysteriously returns in “Intruder,” a 2020 South Korean suspense thriller starring Ji-hyo Song, Kim Mu-yeol, Su-jeong Ye and Jun-seok Heo. The film unravels the suspicions of traumatized architect Seo Chul (Kim Mu-yeol) when his sister suddenly appears and things started to change drastically in their lives prompting Seo Chul to dig deeper into the real identity of the person who claims to be his sister.
Coming soon on August 24 is the horror mystery thriller “The Ferryman: Legends of Nanyang,” an iQiyi Original and exclusive series starring Lawrence Wong, Qi Yu Wu and Kate Kin. The series includes 36 stand-alone episodes where Xia Dong Xing and Zhao Li help wandering souls in the mortal world with their unfinished business.
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