Thursday, May 10, 2007











These are the titles that just pop up in my mind right now. I think there must be some other films that I have watched 3-4 times.


I’m very glad to read your comment about this film, because I like this film very much. What I like the most about this film is the art direction. I think the film’s visual is very beautiful. I was stunned while watching it. And I think to make a horror film looks very gorgeous like this is not an easy task. To make a period costume drama looks very beautiful is much easier. I think that in this kind of horror film, the director must be very talented or else he would not be able to blend the darkness, the horror, the tense atmosphere, and stupendous colors all together as successfully as this.

I also think that Kim Hye-su’s performance is very satisfying, and THE RED SHOES is certainly much better than most Asian horror films. I even like THE RED SHOES more than WANEE AND JUNAH (2001), which is also directed by Kim Yong-gyun. WANEE AND JUNAH is a romantic film which some of my friends regard as their most favorite romantic Korean film ever. I think that most people wouldn’t be able to tell by themselves that these two films were directed by the same director. These two films are very different, but they just have one characteristic in common—each of them is one of the best films in their own genres.

I would have forgotten about the painting in the film if you didn’t mention it. As for Magritte, I just watched LA BELLE CAPTIVE (1983, Alain Robbe-Grillet) and found that this film also uses paintings by Magritte.

THE RED SHOES might be my most favorite Korean ghost horror film right now. I like it as much as A TALE OF TWO SISTERS (2003, Kim Ji-woon). I think A TALE OF TWO SISTERS is more perfect than THE RED SHOES, especially in the plot. But there’s something about THE RED SHOES which is more seductive to me. However, there is actually another Korean ghost film which I much prefer than these two films. It is UNINVITED (2003, Lee Su-yeon), but I don’t want to regard UNINVITED as a horror film. I think it might be called a very serious drama, because what I like the most about this film is how it portrays the modern urban life as very alienated. In this film, people are repulsed by each other, and there’s nothing better than committing suicide.

I haven’t seen THE RED SHOES (1948), but I have seen THE LINE, THE CROSS & THE CURVE (1994, Kate Bush), which is also about a pair of cursed red shoes. This film is like a well-done long-form music video.

As for confusing movie titles, the titles which cause problem for me the most are the variations of “(THE, A) PROMISE(S)” and “GHOST(S)”. Sometimes I wish there were more creative and memorable film titles such as IN DANGER AND DIRE DISTRESS THE MIDDLE OF THE ROAD LEADS TO DEATH (1974, Alexander Kluge). Hahaha.

This is a photo of Kim Seong-su, the leading actor of THE RED SHOES.


Anonymous said...

Most of the ghost film that i have seen was Japanese film.

I've ever watched only one Korean movie which is ตู้ซ่อนผี.

celinejulie said...

If you want to try some Korean ghost films, I also recommend you these four films:

1.INTO THE MIRROR (2003, Kim Sung-ho, A)

It stars Yu Ji-tae, the leading actor of ONE FINE SPRING DAY (2001, B+), OLDBOY (2003, A) and RUNNING WILD (2006, Kim Sung-su, A-). I think he is cute. The film INTO THE MIRROR is also good. It is not as messy as most Asian ghost films. The plot is logical. The film interestingly plays with mirrors. One thing that I like very much in this film is that it also mentions a lot of old paintings with mirrors in them.

Synopsis of INTO THE MIRROR from
>> Woo Yeong-min retired from the police force after trying to save his partner and causing his death. After a series of mysterious deaths in the shopping mall in which his uncle has allowed him to work as a security guard prior to its reopening, he must face both his own fear of mirrors and the mystery surrounding the fire that closed down the mall.<<

2.THE GHOST (2004, Kim Tae-kyeong, A)
>> teenage girl suffering from amnesia discovers that she is somehow connected to a group of people who are being killed off one by one by a vengeful ghost.<<

It stars the talented actress Kim Ha-neul (ALMOST LOVE, MY TUTOR FRIEND, DITTO).

3.BUNSHINSABA (2004, Ahn Byeong-ki, A)
>> Yu-jin and her blind mother move to a small village from Seoul. On her first day at the new school, Yu-jin gets picked on by her classmates. Along with other victims of hatred, Yu-jin puts a curse on the four girls tormenting them through a Ouija Board. On her second day at school, one of the spellbound bursts into flames and dies just as she sits down where Yu-jin used the board. The next day, another victim burns to death, and now the school is enclosed by horror.<<

4.WISHING STAIRS (2003, Yun Jae-yeon, A-)
>> Two friends at art college studying ballet find themselves competing for a single placement to go to a dance school in Russia. An urban legend about the staircase heading towards the dormitory building says that if you go up all twenty-eight steps and find a twenty-ninth, then you can ask for a wish to be granted and Yun Ji-seong knows just what she wants to wish for. But unknown to her, the wishing stairs have consequences, and she's about to find out the hard way.<<

THE GHOST, BUNSHINSABA, and WISHING STAIRS are all about suffering school girls. I think I like this kind of stories.