Just before dawn, gruesomely skeletal bodies surface on the Han River. More bodies are discovered all over the nation. The cause of death is determined to be a mutated parasite worm that brainwashes its hosts, ultimately making them jump into bodies of water and to their death. Further research indicates that the worms have only a short incubation period and upon 100% fatality rate causes mass general panic.
As number of victims rapidly increase, the government sets up an Emergency Response Task Force and puts all infected citizens into quarantine. However, the infected people, desperate under the influence of the parasite, penetrate the quarantine area and jump into the water, drowning themselves. Meanwhile, pharmaceutical company salesman Jae-hyeok realizes that his family is infected, and becomes desperate to find the cure. In doing so, he uncovers a frightening conspiracy behind the infection.
STARRING Jeong-hee Moon
CJ Entertainment USA will distribute in the US via a limited theatrical run before making its way to DVD later in the year.
Alternate synopsis: Jae-hyuk is an ordinary man in his 40s. He works as a medical supplies salesman and is hassled by doctors all day. His brother Jae-pil is a detective that is not all that interested in public safety and spends most of his time moaning about the stock market. The discovery of a series of floating, gruesomely skeletal bodies around the country sparks hysteria. The police commissioner is disturbed to see CCTV footage of people jumping into water as if they were possessed, and drowning themselves. Time passes and hundreds of similar cases are reported, leaving officials stumped as to the cause of the deaths. The government declares a national emergency. Jae-pil joins the massive investigation and meets the mayor of a small town who claims he witnessed several men in work uniforms dumping infected dogs into the streams and realizes that there is a conspiracy behind the outbreak. Meanwhile, Jae-hyuk's wife and children are showing the same symptoms as the victims, leading to a frantic search for medicine. Through Jae-pil he learns of a warehouse containing a potential cure in thousands and thousands of doses and heads there with no idea of what he's heading into.
Based on an actual parasite sometimes known as a "hairworm" that is commonly found in insects. When the worm is ready to reproduce, it is able to influence its host's behavior by secreting proteins that induce its host to jump into water, where it will drown. The parasite then leaves its host, continuing to live and reproduce in water.
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