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Epitaph

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Product Description

A series of horrifying events plague a Korean hospital in the 1940s.

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SEATTLE WEEKLY PICK -
Chilling! The Jung brothers show they're already masters of ominous dread." --Seattle Weekly

This is most likely the smartest and most beautiful Asian horror film I've seen. --AsianMovieWeb.com

One of the best of any genre! Masterfully constructed and directed, it is one of the rare cases which sees directors willing to push the envelope and attempt to really unnerve viewers by aiming for the mind, heart and stomach at the same time. --BeyondHollywood.com

This is most likely the smartest and most beautiful Asian horror film I've seen. --AsianMovieWeb.com

One of the best of any genre! Masterfully constructed and directed, it is one of the rare cases which sees directors willing to push the envelope and attempt to really unnerve viewers by aiming for the mind, heart and stomach at the same time. --BeyondHollywood.com

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Product Details

  • Actors:  Mu-song Jeon, Jin-an Jeong  Choi Jae-Hwan
  • Directors: Jung Brothers, Jeong Beom-Sik, Jeong Sik
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: Korean
  • Subtitles: English
  • 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: TLA Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: August 1, 2007
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001OCVPNY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,962 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By LFrog1386 on December 30, 2008
Format: DVD
I saw this movie awhile ago so details are fuzzy but I can say it is almost on par with A Tale of Two Sisters. It may be a bit confusing at times but it has the kind of storyline that draws the viewer in and makes one want to watch again to understand the ending better. It is an excellent example of the newer Asian horror; the kind that messes with your mind but still has a touch of the supernatural instead of the "long haired ghost" stereotype. Here is the description of the film:

" 'Gidam' is a horror movie about a mysterious incident that took place at the Gyeongseong Ahnsaeng Hospital in 1942.

The film has attracted a large number of moviegoers with its fresh story line, scenes that appeal to the aesthetic sense and the underlying sadness behind the prevailing horror."

It's worth it, trust me.
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Gidam (Epitaph) (Beom-Sik Jeong, 2007)

I will admit right out that part of my problem with Epitaph may, in fact, be my problem, rather than the movie's; as I often do when I am as ridiculously far behind in reviewing as I've been for the past year solid, I was writing reviews while the movie was playing, and thus I may not have been paying as close attention to it as it commanded. That said, I find in reading various reviews around the internet that I am far from the only person who found the film to be somewhat confusing [[...]] [...] [...] [...]. So I'm going to assume at least some of the burden of proof is on the movie itself.

Plot: there are actually three different plots, all of which converge on a wartime hospital. In one, a young girl survives a car accident and finds herself haunted by the ghosts of her parents. A second details an intern's obsession with a beautiful woman who committed suicide, and the third concerns a husband-and-wife team investigating a serial killer who preys on soldiers. All of these stories, unrelated as they may be, do eventually collide (though not in the most convincing of ways).

Despite the confusion aspect of the film, it's a very pretty thing, exquisitely-shot (though one wonders if maybe the cinematographer should have considered knocking things up a little given that the film is set in 1942 for the sake of archaism) and very nicely-acted. There is much to be said for that, especially since you can probably head for the internet and/or figure out most of the confusing bits to your satisfaction with a bit of reflection, so unless you're very easily frustrated that's not a reason not to watch this; it certainly could have been better than it is, but it's worth checking out. ***
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Woopak VINE VOICE on October 14, 2009
Format: DVD
Yeh, yeh...I know what you are thinking. Asian horror has become redundant with long-haired vengeful ghosts that seek a break from their torment. While I would agree, the "Yurei" or long-haired pale-faced ghost is actually a significant part of Asian lore; much like vampires, werewolves and zombies and we, as Americans never get tired of those elements...so why should Asians? The Jung Brothers' horror drama "EPITAPH" (a.k.a. "The Last Breath") is a film that tries something different and puts this horror film in the middle of a period drama that takes place during Japan's occupation of Korea. The film is an episodic tale of three different short stories similar to "Three Extremes" but different since they are all linked together.

February, 1942. Jung-Nam Park (Ku Jin) is a young Med student who is engaged to be married to a woman he had never met. He is also assigned to watch over the cadavers in the morgue that during this time, he falls in love with a frozen dead woman. A new patient also gets admitted who was the lone survivor of a fatal car accident. This young girl named Asoka (Joo-Yeon Ko) also becomes haunted by ghosts every night. Meanwhile, a young married couple, doctors In-Young (Bo-Kyeong Kim) and Dong-Won Kim (Tae-Soo Kim, Hypnotized) arrives from Japan and suddenly a rash of murders begin to happen...just what is this sinister hospital?

The Jung brothers focus on a central theme; "Ghosts" and they attempt to challenge the thin lines between fragmented storytelling, arty style and a ostentatious narrative because of the way the stories are linked together by a common place, beautiful cinematography and bloody scenes embedded in its equation.
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Epitaph tells three stories set in a Korean hospital in the 1940s. A medical student that falls in love with a corpse; a young girl is the only survivor of a tragic car crash and is haunted by her dead parents; and, a married couple investigate a potential serial killer and find a much more disturbing truth. Epitaph is a haunting yet beautiful South Korean film, with some flaws.

Epitaph has chilling and disturbing stories; however, the main problem lies within the often confusing storytelling, which effects the overall enjoyment of the story. You can get lost since it jumps around often and tries to set-up some twists for all of the stories; by the end, you'll hopefully understand most of the story, though. It's a scary film that blends some jump-scares (a few that are really good), tension, and disturbing and often surreal imagery; this is good, however, it's not as consistent as I would've liked it to be. The story does move at a slow pace, so be prepared. The settings and the ghostly images are unsettling and disturbing. The acting was great, and so was the music. The film's cinematography was also great and really helped create the atmosphere.

Overall, Epitaph has a great story with some chilling moments and stunning scares; the storytelling is confusing at times, and it can feel slow, though. As of 12/28/12, this film is available on Netflix Streaming, a rental is recommended for those interested, a purchase is recommended for fans of S. Korean cinema and horror fans.

Epitaph has strong blood and violence, no nudity or sex.
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