Set nearby other Korean frightfulness adjustments of Western tall tales, for example, “Hansel and Gretel” and “The Red Shoes,” “The Piper” demonstrates less dreamlike in plot or style. Rather, it passes on frightfulness through the town’s supernatural mood and develops to a lethal free for all by suggestion. The rats are not introduced as the kind of mutant creatures that would show up in a beast film; rather, the attention is solidly on the human characters and their savagery.
Kim Woo-ryong (Ryu Seung-ryong, “The Target”), a woodwind player with an injured leg, lost his significant other amid the Korean War, which left the vast majority down and out. To discover a cure for his child Young-nam (Gu Seung-hyun), who is experiencing tuberculosis, he takes the kid on a trip by walking to Seoul, where he trusts a “Dr. McArthur” can work ponders with American medication.