There is a world where people are killed by hypnosis.

[인생 탐방기] Episode 7

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suddenly became a murderer

There is a film that inspired Oscar Bong and Bong Joon-ho’s Memories of Murder (2003). It also entered the top 10 of his favorite movies. Aren’t you so curious It is (1997) by Kiyoshi Kurosawa. After being transferred to director Bong Joon-ho’s business, I promised myself I would definitely see it someday, and as soon as it was recently re-released in theaters, I ran to watch it without delay. Even though I had high expectations, it was an amazing movie. Countless times, I doubted and pondered whether what I saw was correct. There might be a movie like this. With a numb head in shock, I got out of the theater and started writing. It’s an old work, so to start off with a spoiler, it’s about a medical student who learns hypnosis for the purpose of psychotherapy and causes people to kill.

I have written before that I am not good at watching scary movies. (Refer to the 5th Seoul Independent Film Festival, “I hate horror, but can I like horror movies?”) When a ghost or a sharp knife appears, cover your eyes first. This movie was not a terrifying horror genre or a thriller in which you had to deduce the criminal. It cannot be said that there are no scary scenes at all, but it is not a film made just to give painful emotions. I’m so busy following interesting characters and stories that I sometimes put my fears aside.

The killers in the movie aren’t scary villains either. Mamiya (actor Masato Hagiwara), a hypnotist and murderer, looks weak and irritable, but does not use abusive language or vulgar language. Those who became his targets and become murderers are also not as ruthless as anyone can see them to commit murder. An office worker who goes into a fire hydrant naked and trembling because he can’t believe he killed someone, a teacher who brings a rude passer-by to his house and gives only help without annoyance, a policeman who takes a man standing on the roof to the hospital, sexual harassment He was also a shy doctor. I don’t know why they were chosen. They may have different reasons for being cowardly, good-natured, or common-sense, but the only thing they have in common is that they seem like people who would never do that. What the hell did the culprit do to make him even kill people? The detective and the audience, who are in charge of this case, become more curious about the secret of hypnosis.

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If you see your wife’s death as a hallucination

The main character, Detective Takabe (actor Koji Yakusho), is faithful to both work and family. He is the type of person who silently does everything he wants to follow without hesitation if he meets such a person as a senior. To the extent that the fact that his wife suffers from a serious mental illness doesn’t seem like a big deal, he is unwavering in his work and responsibility. However, he meets Mamiya and a cataclysmic change occurs in his daily life. He suddenly becomes angry anew at everything he has been putting up with for granted. Like a child who only thinks of himself, he loses all counting and consideration for others. Takabe was also hypnotized by Mamiya.

The climax is the scene where Takabe returns home and sees his wife hanging by the neck as a hallucination. He sits still and cries. Normally he would somehow drag his opponent to the floor and struggle to see if he was alive or to believe he was alive, but his crying looks strangely impetuous. It seems like he anticipated this moment or accepted it helplessly. It may be an overblown misunderstanding to say that you can feel the coolness or rejuvenation that finally bursts out of the moaning cry. Nothing is certain, whether it is because a long and painful problem has come to an end, or whether she loves her wife so much that she cannot accept her death.

Behind the contradictory and bizarre sensations, Takabe, who has confirmed that his wife is alive again, visits Mamiya, who has shaken him, and shoots him. You know the life of returning to her house and taking care of such a wife. Unfortunately, Takabe too was not a patient and respectable saint, but an ordinary suffering criminal. How could a detective who cared for his family and worked hard to solve the case become so self-centered? No, the more important question before that is how Mamiya, a student who has studied psychology, can control a person’s mind with just a few words of conversation. The audience will watch with their arms crossed as to how the film will solve the still unacceptable setting.

I want to hear from you

As a psychologist, the perpetrator has fully mastered hypnosis. There is also a technique that uses running water and the fire of a lighter. Those abilities and skills may be the key to successful hypnosis. However, as Takabe experiences the process of falling into hypnosis, his spine cools in that the simple questions he asks pierce the heart of people and stir them. Just like a small bullet can make a person’s body high speed, even if it draws a vortex.

“Who are you.”
“I want to hear from you.”

How did that question come to Takabe, who was faithful to her duty as a detective and her role as a husband? So, who was I? Unwittingly, he may have pondered Mamiya’s question. Going back in time to her own time, she may have come to the conclusion that she didn’t really want this kind of life.

Let’s continue to the end of the movie. Takabe is hypnotized, but as her detective, she captures and kills the fleeing Mamiya. All conflicts in the film seem to have been resolved with the death of the criminal, the originator of all these events. However, Takabe’s wife, who was admitted to a psychiatric hospital, is found with the same body shape as the previous victims. It is unknown who killed it, but it must have happened under the influence of Mamiya. The scene that immediately follows is Takabeda, who empties his rice bowl and smiles with satisfaction, unlike before he left all the food behind. According to Mamiya’s logic, it is the face of a patient whose psychology was cured through her murder. who killed her wife Is it Mamiya, is it Dakabe, or is it a third party influenced by her? Although nothing has been revealed yet, it is clear that Takabe alone is happy.

He had an aura. He was an exemplary man who was faithful to his wife when he returned home by doing his job hard, but he had heard worrisome words from the doctors at the hospital where her wife was admitted. In fact, you look more sick than her wife. Takabe, who had always looked dull and savvy, was so upset that he was waiting for someone to pull the trigger. Now, he not only endures and endures, he completely digests his old stagnation and lives the way he really wants to be. He cannot or dare not understand what he is willing to put down to live for himself. It’s a terrifying ending.

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what are we different

In fact, the last scene of the movie is someone other than Takabe. The movie ends when the waiter who cleans the empty bowl he ate suddenly points a knife at someone else. Perhaps Takabe became the second mamiya to spread this hypnosis. Still, watching the scene where Takabe kills Mamiya and reassured that he has not lost his righteous self as a detective, the audience is confused as to what the murder was for. Was Takabe, who killed Mamiya, a detective or a hypnotic murderer? Considering the hypnotic murder that will continue to spread even after that, the world in the movie has come to an end. What’s even scarier is the fact that the world we live in is not hypnotized, but anger and conflict are always at the bottom.

At Takabe’s regular laundry, there is a customer who mumbles hateful words. He is only an extra who appears briefly in the movie, and has never encountered Mamiya or fell into hypnosis. I’m not sure he’ll necessarily commit the murder, but I can clearly feel the anger that leaked out of me because I couldn’t contain it. Recently, in Korea, under the name of ‘Line 1 Villain’, a culture of making fun of people who are caught in mental illness or anger on the subway in a video and mocking it has become popular. The ridicule of people who say they go to the circus even though they only paid for the subway ticket is more terrifying than that. A person who cannot empathize with the painful feelings of others and engages in ‘strange’ behavior thinks that it is okay to take pictures without a mosaic. Actually, it wouldn’t be surprising if Mamiya was hiding next to us.

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need to study sorrow

After watching the movie, I thought hard about what to do so as not to fall into such hypnosis and kill someone. I’m a cowardly and furiously annoying person, so I’m pretty sure that could never happen, but because all of the murderers in the movie looked like they’d never do it. Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann came to mind. As Hannah Arendt watched Eichmann’s trial, she saw the banality of evil.

“He just never realized what he was doing.” (Hannah Arendt, Gilsa Han, “Eichmann of Jerusalem,” p. 391.)

He says he did it not because he was a demon, but because he was able to do something terrifying because he thoughtlessly obeyed his orders and didn’t think about the suffering others would suffer as a result. He says that anyone can be a villain. It’s a cool story that if you stop thinking and don’t count the pain of others, then when someone pulls the trigger inside you, no one knows who the bullet will go to.

“To say ‘I’m bored’ about someone else’s sorrow is horrific. So if there is one thing you should do for the rest of your life, it would be the study of sadness.” … In the fall of 2014, when the Sewol ferry disaster occurred, Shin Hyeong-cheol (42), a literary critic, wrote this while compiling a collection of essays commemorating the Sewol ferry, . (Reporter Yoon-hee Heo, Hankyoreh 21, “I study other people’s sorrows today”, https://h21.hani.co.kr/arti/culture/culture_general/46115.html)

Takabe was a sad person. Because he loved and cared for his wife, he tried to spend as much time at home as possible, putting the hospitalization on the last minute. Today, when his excited wife starts the washing machine again without hearing anything, he turns off the washing machine over and over again without saying a word. He’s in that state and he doesn’t say no to giving him any hope. He would simply have felt that the washing machine running on the empty stomach resembled him. The sadness, helplessness, and shame he must have felt is beyond comprehension. The pain was so strong that he could easily fall into Mamiya’s hypnosis.

I thought about it as I watched the lost cowshed. What if the people around him had been more active in preventing Takabe from being isolated? What if her wife had more places to go than the hospital and people she could meet? Even with that much breathing, Takabe might have tried to solve the case in a different way without confronting Mamiya, following the advice of a psychiatrist. He may not have made the foolish decision to meet him in person, driven by anger or an unknown impulse. I try to remember the unbelievable truth that Mamiya is everywhere, and that I too can fall into his hypnosis. He vows to be constantly on the lookout for that common evil. Studying the sorrows around us, we will have to think and count so that our world will not be destroyed any more.

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