The Gifted Hands: Psychometry (사이코메트리)

Allow me to introduce Gifted Hands: Psychometry (2013). All things give off their own energy, viewed differently, we can conceive the world as merely an embodiment of energy, flowing within each of us. Conceiving our world in this manner allows us to visualize the unseen, with the understanding that, through energy, all things are bound and all knowledge is stored. We see the world as entities that exist separately, all things have their own space and exist uniquely. This is actually not the case, read here:

In a recent experiment, physicist Alain Aspect discovered that subatomic particles can remain in communication with each other regardless of the distance between them, violating Einstein’s theory that no communication can travel faster than the speed of light. Some scientists believe that these particles remain in contact because their separateness is an illusion and that all matter is infinitely connected at a deeper level of reality. -

Bernt Capra's Mindwalk (1990) expresses the interconnectedness of the world, through a concept known as the Systems Theory to explain the world as a unified entity, bound together by the cause and effect of the universe. All things are connected, all things run through their own course of energy and no entity is really set apart--essentially, everything lies within the system and the system encompasses all things, this is the Tao.

So what's the definition of psychometry?

The supposed ability to discover facts about an event or person by touching inanimate objects associated with them. -

I'm not really sure if anyone can just learn psychometry, or if there really is such a thing as a psychometrist. I'm sure everyone would love to know how to become a psychometrist, but let's not get there yet! This is a prototype Korean film, both introspective and highly conscious. Unlike the detective films that you're used to, allow me to breakdown what really is at the heart of Psychometry:

A little girl is kidnapped and murdered in the jurisdiction of gang buster detective Yang Chun-dong, who fights against the gangs for three years now. Also the case of the murdered girl is up to him. During the case, he realizes the crime scene is the same as the mysterious wall paper he saw once on the street.

Psychometry is an artistic Korean film deploying intense, dramatic and thrilling adventure that brings you closer to the world of the detective, as he puzzles together the story of the mysterious painter. Typical of the detective films, detective Chun-dong is set on the case of that missing girl, but to his surprise he finds a graffiti painting that foreseen the disappearance of that girl.

Physicists actually believe that the world is, on a subatomic level, merely a weave of all sorts of other particles, that they exist in relationship to another particle. There is this growing consciousness that all particles, at a subatomic level, are interconnected. Psychometry attempts to piece together this connectivity and that's what makes it a brilliant film.

Using semi-conventional detective storyline and a truly unknown protagonist (you are at an odds, who is the protagonist?), we find ourselves enraptured in a cinematography of beauty, cunning, and wit. Staging and the lighting depict a very very well astute director, acting is tremendously good, the violence just right, and the photography shows much more than you think. Director Kwon Ho-Jung composed a brilliant story of this psychic character who has had horrible experiences with his power, until he learns that his power can save people he is lead on a gruelling adventure with detective Chun-dong.

The choice of scenes, direction and the pace of the film are extremely good, beautifully cast and the acting (especially their screams) bring you back to the shrilling sensation long ago in Halloween. There's much to be learned from in Korean films, this is why I feel Psychometry is an incredible film for a beginner looking to watch some Korean films. This is beyond any Korean movie you ever seen, definitely sitting at the top Korean films of all time (on my list anyway)!

A totally brilliant film, you better see Psychometry (사이코메트리)!

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