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    Cello

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Archive Authors on August 16th, 2006

    Synopsis

    Mu-ju is trying to adjust to life again after surviving a terrible accident. Life is still hard, as her eldest daughter suffers from something like autism, and she is having trouble landing a permanent position as a teacher at a music school (plus, a former student has it in for her). The aforementioned eldest daughter becomes obsessed with a cello, and a mute housekeeper moves in, and terrible things begin to happen.

    But those terrible things wait far too long to happen. A third o…
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    Phone

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Archive Authors on November 19th, 2005

    Phone director Byeong-ki Ahn admits he wanted to take the premise of Ringu and incorporate cell phones as the primary transmitter of terror instead of VHS tapes. (Just when these vengeful spirits will make the jump to DVD is uncertain — and when they do, will it be Blu-Ray or… oh, I’ll save it for another time.) Anyway, he puts together an impressive-looking package with this horror tale, but unfortunately, the film itself falls flat on the wings of derivative, copycat storytelling.

    Ji-Won H…
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    Face

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Archive Authors on October 4th, 2005

    Synopsis

    A serial murderer is at large, burning his victims’ bodies down to the bone with acid. In order to identify the victims, the police must turn to reluctant forensic sculptor Hyun-min. He has no heart for the job, concerned as he is with this daughter, whose body seems to be rejecting its heart transplant. But he does go to work, even as he and his daughter have visions of a female ghost.

    The long-haired ghost is a figure that is rapidly losing its power to scare through massive over…
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    H

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Archive Authors on May 25th, 2005

    East Meets West

    I don’t know a great deal about Korean cinema, but I imagine that H must have been a milestone in the Korean film industry – a distinctly Korean interpretation of a Western tradition. H is a dark psychological murder mystery, thriller, and suspense film, best compared to The Silence of the Lambs, or Kiss the Girls – not what one expects from the other side of the Pacific. There’s no martial arts to be found, and no running through trees, and pseudo-mystical mum…
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    Memento Mori

    Posted in Disc Reviews by David Annandale on April 22nd, 2005

    Synopsis

    Set in a girls’ high school, this tells the tale of Min-Ah, who finds a diary written by two of her schoolmates. This is a revealing book, exposing as it does their love affair. Concurrently with Min-Ah reading the diary, that relationship comes to an end, and one of the girls leaps to her death from the school roof. Supernatural events begin almost immediately thereafter.

    As an exploration of the painful tribal realities of high school (à la Carrie), this works very well, a…
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