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The Vanished film review: A masterpiece unknown

The Vanished film review: A masterpiece unknown

The vanished

Over the past few years, Korean entertainment has successfully managed to waive its flag in the global entertainment industry. And this industry has given us some exceptional gems like BTS, BlackPink, Parasite which not only found their break in the west but globally. One of these hidden gems happened to be a psychological thriller movie by the name of, “The Vanished”. A Korean remake of the Spanish movie, The Body.

The principal photography of The Vanished began on June 12, 2017, and was released on 7th March 2018.

Here are some introductory facts of The Vanished

The vanished poster

Directed By: Lee Chang Hee

Produced By: Kim Young-min, Kim You-Kyung

Screenplay: Lee Hee-chan, Lee Chang Hee

Music By: Park well

Distributed by: Kidari Ant

Release Date: 7 March 2018

Running Time: 1 hour 41 minutes

Language: Korean

Box Office: 10 Million USD

The Directorial Debut

lee chang hee debut

“The Vanished” marks the directorial debut of Lee Chang Hee. Other than the Vanished, he had previously directed the drama series, Strangers from Hell and was an assistant director in the movie, Haunters. He also played a minor character in the movie, Tazza: one-eyed Jack. A 38-year-old director has also received a blue dragon film award nomination, in the best short film category. With a not so diverse resume, the director’s life sparks less interest in the life of the public, and not much is known about his private life.


The movie starts off with doom, the death of a major character, and their phantom presence is felt throughout the movie. The movie does a good job in portraying how the guilt of a person leads to their own destruction, while the self-righteous are never wrong. The story is fast-paced, but not to the point where the viewer is not able to make any assumptions, essentially keeping the key aspect of thriller movies suspicion and speculation.

The subtle dropping off clues, the antagonist hidden in plain sight, and how the story is tied beautifully in one thread through its script. The vanished is a perfect example of slow-burning anger and the need to take revenge. The meticulously drawn out plan by the antagonist takes place in layers and is revealed to the protagonist at the end, like a band-aid being ripped apart, leaving the wound open. The color palette of the vanished also adds to its sinister nature.

Although the movie is not about supernatural powers but does involve the plot of someone taking their revenge by setting the wheels of despair and destruction in motion, from beyond the grave.

The actors do a phenomenal job in porting their characters and did them complete justice. Unlike its parent movie. The Vanished strips down the movie to a more personal connection between the viewer and the characters. This also helped the director increase the dynamism between the character. And help place intricate details in the running time of the movies.


The Vanished is definitely worthy of precious time. The plot promises to place you on the edge of your seat the entire running time of the movie. The plot, direction, acting, and cinematography provide for a meaningful 101 minutes. If you are a big fan of K-entertainment and enjoy thriller horror movies in general, this movie is tailor-made for you.


Direction: 4/5

Acting: 4.25/5

Background: 4/5

Overall score: 8/10

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