In-Su (Kang Ha-neul) has the ability to speak to ghosts, which is something he’s not exactly fond of. Most of them are seeking help to take care of old grudges, and his ability has mainly led to trouble. He’s ostracised by his peers, and has trouble making any friends. In-Su decides to move back to his hometown with his uncle, who can also speak to ghosts. As In-Su begins life in a new school, he quickly learns about a masked ghost that is haunting the students, and decides that he must help this ghost move into their next life.
Mourning Grave blends horror, romance, and comedy to a mostly successful degree. The strange part is that it’s the romance aspect that winds up being the strongest element of the film. Much of the horror will be familiar to fans of Asian genre films, as every ghost fits the long hair, female ghost we’ve become used to.
It’s the odd way that the different genres are blended together that is the most fun of Mourning Grave, as the romance involves two characters who won’t be visiting each other’s parents any time soon. The horror is done quite well, as the main ghost of the film is a little more visually striking than viewers are typically treated to. The film starts to suffer as more of the mystery is revealed, giving the ghost a slightly unbelievable twist. It’s not enough to ruin things, but it’s a bit far-fetched.