A trip to the country turns deadly when a quick stop off at a small restaurant gets Hong killed and Hyun-ah locked up in a cage by the shop's sadistic owner. Hyun-ah must obey his every command if she hopes to live, but her troubles have only just begun... MISSING fits right in with the recent rash of "torture-porn" exploitation films that has now spread into Asian cinema. The clean cinematography and solid acting can be deceiving, since behind them lies images of rape, mutilation, and murder. Sung-Hong Kim includes many brutal and bloody shots, the most horrifying of which shows one character being fed through a grain grinder while she is still alive. MISSING is surprisingly well-made, which is a rare feat in a graphic film of this nature. Where it falls short is in telling an interesting or compelling story, instead relying mostly on its shock value to move things along at a decent pace. Seong-geun Moon proves to be a sufficiently creepy villain, starting off the film as a tired and bitter old fool before revealing his inner monster. The production quality of MISSING gives it a higher ranking than most other cheap exploitation films of its kind, but Kim's strict adherence to standard convention holds it back from becoming anything more.
If you liked MISSING, check out:
HOSTEL, THE BUTCHER, CALVAIRE.
MISSING Press Release for Jan 31st Release in R2