This ambitious 1998 mystical adventure-thriller pre-dates the Korean cinema renaissance by a year, and stands as a textbook example of why so few Korean genre movies pre-1999 were worth watching: the ideas of writer Jang Yong-min and director Yu Sang-wook--who MUST have been the biggest geeks in high school--far outweigh their budget. Their story of a group of attractive students on a mission to uncover secrets buried in the work of a mysterious poet and possibly restore Korea's screwed-up chi is undoubtedly the wet dream of many a card-carrying library clubber. The theories underlying the story are just so much paranormal bunkum from the Japanese colonial days, along the lines of water dousing or geomancy or zombies, but the filmmakers treat them with the utmost reverence. Unfortunately, frequent special effects sequences, while grand in scope, are decidedly less so in execution, which kills the picture's "reality" every time they're brought into play.
Review by Coolestmovies from the Internet Movie Database.