A spine-tingling example of the new wave of Asian Horror, this cautionary tale views modern conveniences as receptacles for evil.
Korean investigative journalist Ji-Won (Ji-Won Ha) risks her own neck to expose
a ring of well-connected sexual predators. Because her piece leaves her vulnerable to attack, she decides to lay low in small-town Banbae at a country home owned by Ho-Jeong (Yu-Mi Kim) and her husband (Woo-Jae Choi). But even at this remote locale, Ji-Won receives threatening calls and gruesome photos of a dead woman pop up on her computer screen. During a family museum outing, Ho-Jeong’s small daughter, Yeong-Ju (See-Woo Eun), impulsively grabs ringing Ji-Won’s phone and hears a horrifying electronic message, and the phantom voice exerts an insidious influence over the moppet’s personality. Although Ji-Won has always assumed she's being tormented by the prominent men she exposed print, she is actually the victim of supernatural malevolence tied directly to her cell: One of its previous owners was killed in a bizarre car crash, while a second died of fright in an elevator. When Dr. Cha – one of the men Ji-Won accused
of pedophilia -- attacks Ji-Won and her police escort, he makes the mistake of answering her cell-phone; the eerie, ear-splitting sound drives him to madness. Simultaneously, Yeong-Ju exhibits a frank sexual interest in her daddy and a jealous resentment toward her mommy. Hoping to get to the root of the electronic haunting and free Yeong-Ju from its clutches, Ji-Won investigates the identity of the first purchaser of the phone, a missing Lolita named Jin-Hie (Ji-Yeon Choi). Before discovering just what this vengeful spirit wants, Ji-Won must face some unpleasant truths about those closest to her.
Screenwriters Yu-Jin Lee and Byeong-Ki Ahn take the conventions of old-fashioned haunted house movies and refashion them into a thoroughly modern urban legend: Now restless spirits can take up residence in our cool new gadgets. Director Byeong-Ki Ahn gives the tale a visually dazzling surface, investing his stylish set-ups with menace and creating a universe where there is no refuge from
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- Released: 2002
- Rating: R
- Review: A spine-tingling example of the new wave of Asian Horror, this cautionary tale views modern conveniences as receptacles for evil. Korean investigative journalist Ji-Won (Ji-Won Ha) risks her own neck to expose a ring of well-connected sexual predators.… (more)