Incantation is a 2022 Taiwanese horror movie directed by Kevin Ko, who also co-wrote the screenplay with Chang Che-Wei. The movie was released in Taiwan on March 18, 2022, becoming the highest-grossing Taiwanese horror movie. International distribution by Netflix is set for July 8, 2022. Now, know about the Incantation movie.
“Incantation.” A woman named Ronan narrates the movie and asks the viewer to memorize the insignia and recite the Incantation “Hou-ho-xiu-yi, si-sei-wu-ma” to send blessings and remove the curse from her six years. -old daughter, Dodo. Badges and incantations are often interspersed throughout the movie to encourage the viewer to pray. The events of the film are shown as found footage in a non-linear fashion.
Six years ago, Ronan, her friend Dom, and Dom’s cousin Yuan broke a religious taboo when they documented a ritual for their Internet channel, Ghost Busters. They went to a remote village of the Chen clan, relatives of Dom and Yuan, who practiced an esoteric religion of Yunnan worshiping a deity called Buddha-Mother. The clan asked all three to present their names with an invocation to the Buddha’s mother.
The clan elder told Ronan that when her daughter was born, she had to do the same. Ronan was surprised because she didn’t realize she was pregnant. That night, the group spies a clan performing a ritual where a young girl appears willingly ready to be sacrificed. An unconscious girl, her body covered in runes, was left in front of a tunnel the group wanted to enter, but the clan was said to be forbidden.
Ronan waited with the girl while Dom and Yuan entered the tunnel after destroying its barricades. Yuan later emerged screaming hysterically while Dom’s lifeless body was later seen being carried out of the tunnel by the villagers. The tunnel footage has since become corrupted and cannot be played. When Dodo was born, Ronan placed her in foster care and sought psychiatric help.
In the present day, Ronan has recovered and takes Dod to live with her. Their house is soon infested with unexplained activity and Dodo is disturbed by a shadowy presence. Dodo gradually develops a debilitating illness and Ronan’s mental health declines. When social workers arrive to take Dod away, she and Ronan escape with the help of Mingo, the sympathetic manager of the foster home.
They bring Dod to a shrine where the priest and his wife agree to risk their lives to exorcise Dod. She is forbidden to eat for the next seven days, but when her condition worsens and runes appear all over her body, Ronan feeds her. The priest and his wife are violently killed and Ronan takes Dod to the hospital.
Meanwhile, Ming goes to Yunnan to do more research on the religion of the Chen clan and commissions professionals to restore footage of the damaged tunnel. He sends Ronan the restored footage and repeatedly smashes his head on the camera. The footage shows Dom and Yuan reaching the altar of Mother Buddha, whose face is covered by a veil. While trying to remove the veil, Dom becomes possessed and dies after cracking his head. The footage also reveals that Yuan became possessed before being violently killed in the village by unseen forces.
Ronan confesses that she lied to the viewer the whole time. It is revealed that a priest in Yunnan explained to Ming that the Buddha-Mother is a malevolent entity and that if you submit your name with an Incantation, it means you agree to bear the curse. Instead of imparting a blessing, the spell actually serves to dilute the curse. As more people chant it, the curse will spread, and the burden on those who bear it will be lighter.
The source of the curse in the face of the Buddha-Mother must be covered. Ronan, now covered in runes, returns to the altar inside the tunnel and asks the viewer their name before revealing the face of the Buddha’s mother on camera. She then becomes possessed and smashes her own head on an altar. The movie ends with shots of Dodo healthy and happy, suggesting that the burden of her curse has been shared with everyone watching the incantation movie.
Incantation Ending Explained: What Happened At The End?
Escaping the hospital and taking Dodo with her, Ronan, accompanied by her foster father Ming, headed straight for the temple where she knew she could obtain a cure for her curse. A priest in the temple performed some purification rituals on a webcam that had footage from the tunnel.
Ronan was told not to allow Dod to eat anything for seven days as any progress they made would be repeated. But Ronan was still a mother. She did not see her little one in such a state, so she finally decided to feed her. As soon as she did, Dodo’s hand began to react and she knew that the curse had begun to take effect and that she should have followed what the priests had told her.
Meanwhile, Ming did his own research. He took the webcam home and watched the footage several times. His health began to decline, but he wanted to get to the root and understand the tunnel’s curse in its entirety. He came across a person named Shi Kong Yun, a Buddhist monk living in Yunnan who was one of the last people who could translate ancient Buddhist scriptures.
Ming went to meet him and the monk explained to him the true meaning of the Incantation and how the curse came from Southeast Asia to Yunnan. Ming also obtained footage of the tunnel but decided not to send it to Ronan. But the video began to show its effect on Mingo and he hit his head on a table under the influence of the curse and took his own life. In the process, the tunnel records were also sent to Ronan. Locals performed various rituals in the tunnel and among other things placed several mirrors to capture negative energy and suppress the curse. “Incantation.”
A petrified Ronan went to the priests and found them dead as well. Dodo was admitted to the hospital and the doctors said she was babbling about a pineapple. Ronan knew her daughter was trying to remember her favorite things as she had once told her not to worry. Ronan understood that she would have to go into the tunnel and try to break the chain herself, as she had no other viable option.
Ronan began recording and broadcasting the video, telling her audience that the spell was a religious blessing. She invited her audience to sing it for her, as it was the only way she could be saved from the curse. Dom’s family was cursed by Dahei Buddha’s mother, a malevolent deity, and the curse was passed down from one generation to the next. But she made up this story just to save her daughter from the curse. Shi Kong Yun, the monk, said that the Incantation itself was not a blessing. If someone recited it, it meant they wished to share the curse and offer their name.
The more people shared the curse, the weaker it became. So Ronan did. She went live and broadcast her message on a digital platform, allowing viewers from around the world to join her crusade. She sacrificed her life by hitting her head against the wall in the tunnel. But her efforts were not in vain. The curse was lifted from Dod and she survived, indicating that it was now shared by all who watched the video and recited the Incantation.