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Arang (2006)

So-yeong Choo , Won-joong Jung , Sang-hoon Ahn  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: So-yeong Choo, Won-joong Jung, Hae-in Kim, Ok-bin Kim, Dong-Wook Lee
  • Directors: Sang-hoon Ahn
  • Writers: Sang-hoon Ahn, Jeong-seob Lee, Seon-ju Jeong, Yun-kyung Sin
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Korean
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Tartan Asia Extreme
  • DVD Release Date: May 8, 2007
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B000NA28GG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,639 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Arang" on IMDb

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(Asia Extreme/Horror) A veteran female detective, So-Young, and her rookie assistant are investigating a recent series of bizarre murders. All of the victims seem to have died due to an acid unleashed inside of their bodies. As the two detectives discover more about their case, they soon start to realize that the recent serial killings may have something to do with a mysterious death that occurred ten years ago in a salt house. Soon, So-Young becomes plagued by nightmares in which the dead girl appears. And the killings continue.

Made during the 2006 horror boom in South Korea, Arang is a stylish and well-made variation on the theme of the vengeful ghost that has proved so popular in Asian genre films. Horror fans should note, though, that the supernatural element is the least interesting aspect of writer-director Ahn Sang-hoon's feature; anyone who's seen the Japanese or American versions of The Grudge or The Ring will be disappointed to find here yet another take on the long-haired, water-logged female ghost with painful revenge on her mind. Instead, it's the framing device that catches the most interest; the discovery of the ghost is precipitated by the horrific murder of two young men, which leads hardboiled detective So-yeong (Yun-ah Song) and her rookie partner (Dong-wook Lee) to the scene of a forgotten rape and murder from years ago. The crime has particular resonance for So-yeong, who is the survivor of a similar attack, and this subplot adds a layer of drama and realism to an attractively photographed but otherwise by-the-books Asian horror title. The DVD includes commentary by Sang-hoon and members of his cast, and the filmmaker is surprisingly candid about what works and what doesn't in his movie. A small selection of deleted scenes, as well as two behind-the-scenes featurettes and the theatrical trailer, round out the extras. --Paul Gaita

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
When I read the blurb for the movie "Arang", I admit my interest was piqued as this didn't seem a run-of-the-mill horror story. I'm glad I watched it as though the entity in the movie is nothing new [the woman with long dark hair, bloody eyes, darting around and popping up in dark corners], the storyline is actually quite refreshing.

The story centers around female detective So Young [Song Yoon Ah] who seems to be a sort of tortured soul, always experiencing nightmares and apparently haunted by a tragedy in her past. She is teamed up with a rookie Hyun Gi [Lee Dong Wook] on a murder case where the victim is found burned to death though the cause of death is found to be asphyxiation. Later a series of similar murders has the detectives struggling to put the clues together in search of a serial killer. The clues point to a connection with a murder case that occurred many years ago.

What ultimately lifts this movie for me is not really the supernatural aspect [which is quite typical in comparison to other Asian horror flicks], but the well-crafted storyline with its twists and turns. You don't really see the connections until the ending and that really made me appreciate the movie even more. Though there are a few plotholes, all in all the story did seem to flow seamlessly and the lead actors do a pretty credible job of keeping the suspense alive throughout the film.

If you have been watching way too many Asian horror flicks, then you will not find anything new or exciting with thr supernatural part of this movie, but if you like to see something new with the detective story within a horror story, then this is worth checking out.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ABOVE AVERAGE KOREAN GHOST STORY September 14, 2007
Arang is a Korean horror film on the Tartan Asia Extreme label which mixes elements of The Grudge, The Ring, along with a good ol' fashioned murder mystery into one tight package. Throw in a female violent crimes detective with a troubled past, and you get a very ambitious film that tries to do quite a bit and is generally successful in doing so.

The detective in question is So-Young Min, who is just coming off a suspension for beating up a man accused of sexual assault...We'll learn later about the dark secret that she hides and the reason for her hatred of sexual predators. She is saddled with a new partner, a rookie to the violent crimes unit who transferred over from forensics. He's over eager but is willing to learn from the experienced So-young Min. The pair are soon investigating a series of brutal murders of a group of friends who were involved in a murder nine years earlier. A young man was killed and shortly after, his girlfriend Kim Min Jeong goes missing. The men involved begin seeing apparitions of a hideous, pale female with blood dripping from her eyes like tears.

They each receive e-mails that plays a video showing them the site of the Salt storehouse where the murder took place nine years earlier. Soon the detectives are frantically scrambling to unlock the secrets of the past and to save the surviving partners. But Arang is a film loaded with sudden twists and secrets and what seems to be a pedestrian ghost story takes a turn for the clever and gives viewers much more.

The apparitions are the typical we've seen in many recent Asian horror films...they are seen as cars pass and elevators descend, or in the lens of a camera but quickly disappear. Still, the director Sang-hoon Ahn does a marvelous job building up the suspense throughout the film.
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With its unusual blending of both the horror and detective story genres, Arang makes for an ambitious effort by director Ahn Sang Hoon. In terms of the special effects, anyone who has seen such films as Ringu, The Grudge, or Dark Water will find the basic Asian ghost formula repeated once more - so don't expect to be scared out of your seats. Still, any decent image of a young white female revealing her pale, dead face from underneath her long, dark tresses of hair is going to have an element of creepiness to it. The placement and presentations of those ghostly appearances are very well done here, as well. Throughout, the cinematography and soundtrack are just superb - in these respects, I look at Arang as something of a work of art. I would also note that this ghost doesn't just show up one minute and kill somebody the next - she likes to make her victims suffer mentally and emotionally before closing in for the kill. Unfortunately, the story itself has some major problems.

One thing that makes Arang different from most modern Asian horror is the characterization on display in the story, particularly that of the female lead detective (Song Yun-ah). An experience in her past continues to haunt her (and - on at least one occasion - gets her into some trouble), and those feelings are brought to her emotional forefront during her investigation of an unusual series of murders. The victims are all healthy young men who share a disconcerting cause of death - a buildup of prussic acid inside their bodies (with no evidence that it was ingested through the mouth). We, of course, get to see these murders as they happen, and they all involve the inexplicable appearance of a vengeful young ghost of the Sadako (Ringu girl) variety.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Detective flick
I can not believe I waited this long to write this. Arang is a terrific detective story covered with supernatural hints or inferences. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Gao shan
5.0 out of 5 stars SCARY
Published 19 months ago by Emerito T. Delacruz
4.0 out of 5 stars Derivative, but well-acted and exceptionally beautifully shot.
Arang (Sang-hoon Ahn, 2006)

The downside of Arang, the first feature-length offering from Blind director Sang-hoon Ahn, is that it treads no new ground at all; it takes... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Robert Beveridge
2.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Terrible!!! :(
After reading the great reviews, I decided to purchase this movie as I absolutely love a good scare. Read more
Published on February 19, 2011 by Jane
5.0 out of 5 stars An astondingly good Asian movie!
Arang was like no other Asian horror film I have ever seen, but I don't think calling this a horror movie is the right category. Read more
Published on February 4, 2011 by bryan
4.0 out of 5 stars Arang borrows from other Asian horror movies, but stays fresh
Four young men are being targeted by someone, or something. An old salthouse, the subject of numerous rumors about hauntings and murder was the sight of a grisly crime. Read more
Published on November 22, 2010 by Channel KDK12
4.0 out of 5 stars A better detective story than horror.
This film I would give a 2/5 if it was a horror alone BUT... this movie plays more out like a detective story which is surprisingly interesting because it salvages the film. Read more
Published on September 11, 2010 by maskedgamer
3.0 out of 5 stars Overall a good watch...
If you buy this movie hoping it treads new horror territory, you're in for a dissapointment. There's nothing here that you haven't seen or heard before. Read more
Published on September 20, 2008 by L. C. Tomas
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
The story was refreshing, but it had the typical asian ghost. I also enjoyed the actor's commentary.
Published on September 8, 2008 by Crystal
4.0 out of 5 stars South Korea is making some great films!
This is one of many Asian horror films I have seen and have to agree that the girl-ghost-with-long-hair-thing is definitely getting overused, but the story was still finely crafted... Read more
Published on July 16, 2007 by LFrog1386
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