Korean witchcraft and occult practices are becoming more popular as the world gets more connected. Social media and live streaming video are popular tools for mudangs, or spiritual practitioners. You can even find tarot shops in cute coffee houses frequented by young women. Even the entrance to a popular nightclub in Gangnam is marked by a tarot truck. Koreans believe in magic on a daily basis.
Kim plays the lead role of a young girl, who narrowly escapes a massacre. However, she is left with no memory, so she is forced to rely on her supernatural skills to save herself and her family. The Witch has an impressive box office debut, making over $24 million at the domestic box office. Korean filmmaker Park has a history of noir films, such as the gangster film New World (2013) and the inter-Korean thriller V.I.P. (2017). The Witch is produced by Warner Bros. Pictures, Gold Moon Film, and Peppermint&company, Inc.
Internet addiction in South Korea is leading to an increase in cyber-attacks. Local media have dubbed this type of activity as “witch-hunting” and is challenging law enforcement jurisdictions to get to the bottom of the problem. Moreover, a large number of cyber-attacks are occurring online, and the police are unable to stop it. So, the public needs answers quickly. In the meantime, cyber witch hunting is a growing phenomenon across the world.
While Japanese and Chinese witchcraft practices rely on the conjuration of spirits, Korean witchcraft makes use of personal power to summon familiar spirits. They also use western tools to manipulate qi, which is energy that can be channeled. Using these tools, witches can control or influence spirits and conduct intricate rituals. But the practice of Korean witchcraft is largely separate from Japanese witchcraft. However, both practices utilize personal energies to create familiar spirits and carry out intricate rituals.