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Face (2004)

Yun-ah Song , Hyeon-jun Shin , Sang-Gon Yoo  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: Yun-ah Song, Hyeon-jun Shin, Seung-wook Kim, Seok-Hwan An, Won-hui Jo
  • Directors: Sang-Gon Yoo
  • Writers: Sang-Gon Yoo, Cheol-hie Park, Hie-jae Kim, Seong-min Park
  • Producers: Tae-won Jeong, Yong Han
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese, 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: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Tartan Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 27, 2005
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 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: B000AAF25S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,077 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Face" on IMDb

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Hot on the trail of a serial killer who uses acid on his victims leaving behind only the bones, the police turn to Hyun-min, a former forensic sculptor adept in reconstructing faces by examining and interpreting skulls. With the victims' bones in his house, Hyun-min's daughter experiences disturbing visions of a long-haired woman in a white robe, a woman whom she may know. As he races against time to find the answers before the visions overtake his daughter, the deadly truth behind these victims reveals a sinister conspiracy that threatens everyone involved.

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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "SAVING FACE" ( to speak) August 21, 2005

Of all of the Asian Horror DVD movies in my personal collection [that were] purchased on the International market, this is the one-- along with "Tyakusin Ari" (aka "One Missed Call") --I totally had NOT expected would be picked up for official "Region-1" DVD release. I don't know what this all means from the DVD marketers' perspective, but I'm beginning to have my... umm... "suspicions."

Here we have a movie that is neither exclusively "good" nor exclusively "bad" -- just weighed heavily in "ambivalence."

The main theme of the story is intriguing enough: A forensic facial reconstructionist, distraught over the death of his wife and additionally burdened with caring for his deathly ill little daughter, submits his resignation from police work even as he is being begged to stay on due to the sheer volume of work still needed to be done which requires his expertise. He is "involuntarily" coaxed back into service by a young new protege and by a number of "unexplained phenomena" surrounding a new skull he has been asked to offer his help with.

Complicating matters is the repeatedly unstable condition of his sickly daughter -- who had undergone a very dangerous & difficult heart transplant surgery that required a very rare type of "organ donor match" in order for the surgical procedure to have even the slightest chances of success (a "MacGuffin" referred to in the movie as "Beta Alergic"). "Inspired," if you will, by a thread of ghostly apparitions and other related inexplicable sights & sensations, the specialist becomes convinced that the spirit connected to the latest skull in his possession will not rest quietly until it has been given its face back.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars OLD CARCASS, NEW FLESH August 22, 2006
"Face" is a typical example of a nice Korean thriller that contains all the necessary for a genre details. It has elements of a horror movie, of cops-vs-maniac films, of a criminal thriller. Director Sang-Gon Yoo keeps the action tense and fast-going so you won't get bored. The story involves a lot of things: gruesome murders after which the murderer dissolves bodies in acid, face-reconstruction, illegal organ transplantation and ghostly apparitions. I know told this way it all may seem a one big mess but finally all the segments of this intricate film perfectly fit like parts of a puzzle.

You'll definately get a twist in the end like you've probably expected. Yes, the scheme this movie is based on is quite recognizable but you can never know all the details... And details make this picture memorable. I must note a perfect acting from all the main performers - I was pleasantly surprised. The cunning story-line, plus great acting and superior directing make "Face" a remarkable film among all other Korean and Asian in general thrillers.

Partly I have to agree with the reviewer 'Ace-of-Stars' who says all those Sadacoesque appearances were absolutely unnecessary. I think they were a bit worn-out but they seemed to fit the story well and this girl with long black hair was actually needed for the script. So... It already became a trademark of Asian horror cinema like a blind (crippled, unpretty, timid - pick any) girl who stays alive in the end of American slashers.

"Face" is definately worth watching, it's not a minute boring, it's well crafted and intense although at the same time pensive like many Korean films.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Facial.... July 18, 2007
There's this guy who does facial reconstructions for the police. His daughter is about to undergo heart transplantation but he is handed a case which he refuses to look after his daughter.
He is "sent" an assistant and, after much supernatural trauma (many familiar motifs here), he decides to accept the case.
The beauty of this film is that it takes you here, then there, then somewhere else and ultimately leaves you not knowing the direction you're going in...until you've got there.
It's a good one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Facial Deconstruction... November 25, 2010
A killer is kidnapping, mutilating, and melting (!!) young women. The police are baffled. Forensic sculptor, Hyun-Min is expected to add a face to the skull of the latest victim. The trouble is that he's had enough, w/ his wife dead and his daughter in the hospital, Hyun-Min wants to retire from his profession altogether. Unfortunately, his latest partner won't stop pushing him. Of course, there's also the ghost that haunts Hyun-Min, and the nightmares, and the bizarre sounds in his head! FACE is another wonderfully creepy, Asian ghost story. Filled w/ mystery, suspense, and supernatural terror, this movie is the perfect addition to any spook-shelf...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Face it Gang, it's Good July 17, 2006
What is not to like ? Great story and top notch acting. Yun-ah Song and Hyeon-jun Shin are outstanding in there roles, I will be keeping my eye on these two.

As you have read this is kind of a haunted C.S.I. sort of story with our main man Hyeon-jun being a forensic artist that can sculpt a face out of clay on a skull like I have seen on Court T.V. and A.M.W.

The ghost are creepy as hell and the story is nice and tight.

You should hunt this film down like John Walsh would track down a "Narco Terrorist".
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Published 4 months ago by aloha
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE it
I LOVE this movie! It's one of my favorite Korean movies that I have and have seen. Not really about horror, but more of a thriller. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Michael
3.0 out of 5 stars Meh
As a fan of Asian horror films, this one didn't really match my expectations. I thought it was heartless. Some of the twist in the story were not that elaborated. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Boris
4.0 out of 5 stars A Slow-Burning Creeper That Gets Under Your Skin...
Hyun-min reconstructs faces by examining skulls for the police. Attempting to quit as his daughter has undergone a heart transplant, Hyun-min is pulled back by rookie Sun-young for... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Jonathan
5.0 out of 5 stars I love This Movie
I enjoyed watching this movie. I love mystery movies with a great ending. It has a really happy ending. I could watch it over and over. One of my favorite movies.
Published 23 months ago by sume durant
3.0 out of 5 stars Not great, but certainly not awful.
<strong>Peiseu</strong> (Sang-gon Yoo, 2004)

I'm not quite sure how it happened, but by coincidence, I ended up watching two Asian films about the underground... Read more
Published on December 29, 2011 by Robert Beveridge
4.0 out of 5 stars Not really a horror movie
I enjoyed this movie very much, excellent acting and just the right amount of suspense. Not sure why this movie is listed as a horror movie though. Read more
Published on April 16, 2011 by Kenneth L. Whittier
3.0 out of 5 stars An above-average horror/thriller hybrid
I recently watched another Korean horror/thriller hybrid which was also a police procedural titled "Arang" and thought it was well-made. Read more
Published on October 26, 2008 by Z Hayes
3.0 out of 5 stars This South Korean Horror Film Doesn't Really Lose its "Face"...
FACE (2004) is a South Korean thriller directed by Sang Gon Yoo, the same man who directed the Korean erotic drama "Yellow Flower". Read more
Published on July 30, 2008 by Woopak
4.0 out of 5 stars In the right hands, horror can be a poignantly beautiful thing
Face isn't the best or scariest Asian horror film you'll ever see - many may in fact find it rather dull and boring - but I say it encapsulates everything that makes Asian horror... Read more
Published on April 11, 2008 by Daniel Jolley
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