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Spider Forest (2004)

Seo Jeong-min , Son Byeong-ho , Song Il-gon  |  R |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Seo Jeong-min, Son Byeong-ho, Kang Gyeong-heon, Jang Hyeon-seong, Gam Woo-seong
  • Directors: Song Il-gon
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Korean
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Tartan Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 25, 2005
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 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: B000ARXG68
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #163,841 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Deep in the forest, a man and woman have been brutally attacked in a cabin and left to die. Arriving too late, Kang chases the killer only to be hit by a speeding car. Barely surviving surgery, he now finds himself a prime suspect. He cannot shake the feeling that there are strange gaps in his memory regarding that night and the killer's identity. While police set out to confirm his story, he begins his own quest to remember the truth about the murder and himself.

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Remarkably Symbolic and Entangled Mystery Tale... October 28, 2005
Format:DVD
Spider Forest illustrates a twisted narrative that flutters with total freedom in several unexpected directions. Nothing is absolute in this tale, as the story applies flashbacks, time loops, and converging timelines. Past and future unite in the present while emotions color the moment in a unification of a cerebral mesh of dreams, thoughts, and feelings. Such promise surfaces in the opening shot where the camera zooms through a window on a mysterious character's back while staring out into a dark forest. Yet, the series of events follow a logically linear outline that surrounds a murder mystery in a haunted location. With this said, be warned, and do not take your eyes off the screen, as it might leave you lost in a cerebral maze.

A nightly excursion brings the protagonist, Kang Min (Woo-seong Kam), to a thick forest where he awakens in dirt and blood while trying to recapture his bearings. Simultaneously, the shadows playfully create imaginative characters among the vast number of bamboo trees that surrounds him. Stumbling, Min discovers an isolated cabin within the forest, which he approaches with watchful eyes. Min enters the cabin where he finds a severely lacerated male body, which shows signs of vicious struggle. In the adjacent room, he uncovers a young woman who holds onto life on a thin thread, which is no other than his own girlfriend. Alas, she dies in his arms, as he hears a strange noise from somewhere within the wood cottage. Vigilantly, Min investigates the sound, as he reveals that the killer is still on the premises. A short chase through the murky forest ends up with him being struck into unconsciousness once again.

Lightheaded and aimlessly Min awakens a second time while wandering into a lit tunnel.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Complex Murder Mystery: Terrific Cinematography! December 3, 2006
Format:DVD
The less said about this film, the better. To say too much would give away the film, and thus ruin it for those who have not seen this film. The film itself is circular in nature: Both the past and present are one in this film. When I first viewed this film last year, I was a bit confused, however, with subsequent viewings I began to understand the film much more. It does require repeated viewings, and may not appeal to all viewers. I know this because many people I have recommended this film to did not like it. Therefore, caution is advised when viewing this film.

The main character in the film, Kang, (Gam Woo-sung) who portrays both the protagonist and antagonist, stumbles across a cabin deep inside a forest, where he finds a man and a woman brutally attacked in this cabin. As he chases the attacker he is hit by a car. Kang remains in critical condition at the hospital after brain surgery, and finds that he is the primary suspect in the brutal attack and murder of the man and woman in the cabin. What ensues is a mind trip for the viewer, as Kang attempts to piece together the missing gaps in his memory. This is a very complex film, and where the truth leads Kang is one hell of a nightmare.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
By UFO6
Format:DVD
[N.B. - Contains thinly-veiled spoilers! Beware!]

I'm sitting here trying to think of what to say about this movie and what I'm getting is a stream of adjectives... Bewildering; brutal; heart-wrenching; astonishing; baffling; mind-bending; ingenious; perplexing; poetic...

And that's weird because when I'd finished watching (about an hour ago,) it was something I hadn't decided whether to love or hate. Thankfully, with some serious thought and a vital clue I got from somebody else, I was able to unravel my confusion, clear away some of the, er, cobwebs, and discard the latter option. Or maybe I'm just dense. 8^D "Spider Forest" is a truly remarkable story and an unexpected gem of a psychological mystery-thriller - that just happens to elevate "thought-provoking" to the "rip out your hair" level. I can't wait to dive into a second helping.

There are a dozen utterly perplexing paradoxes in this story, the most significant of which involves the intentional confusion of the protagonist's character with another, creating an inescapable time-loop - which left me shaking my head and talking to the screen like a lunatic. A similar paradox involving a different major character had me hitting pause - so as to ponder the implications of it all. When I resumed, it soon became evident that these complex twists and turns were to be regular occurrences. But unlike... another recent Korean thriller, in "Spider Forest" the wrenching, mind-blowing plot twists had a definite, calculated, and most importantly, logical purpose: To weave an intricate puzzle around one solid, definite final truth whose eventual revelation unfolds with the elegance and dramatic impact of a symphony. Remember how the UFO tune "Love to Love" ends?
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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SPIDER FOREST (a.k.a. Geomi Sup, 2004) is a South Korean film that relatively took in a fair box-office take. Fortunately, from what I've gathered, the film did take in a surmountable amount in dvd sales. Directed by Il Gon-Song, "Spider Forest" is equal parts mystery, detective thriller and the supernatural. It also stars one of my favorite South Korean actresses; Jung Suh (Sometimes known as Seo Jeong), renowned for her role in Kim Ki-Duk's "The Isle", "Yellow Flower" and "Green Chair". This film is geared towards those who can appreciate good cinema, with a methodical approach that sidesteps the basic style of linear storytelling. The film has a Category III rating in Asia, which equals to NC-17 in the U.S.

Plot synopsis based on the dvd back cover:
Deep in the forest, a man and a woman have been brutally attacked in a cabin and left to die. Arriving too late, Kang (Gam Woo-Sung) chases the killer only to be hit by a speeding car. Barely surviving the surgery, he now finds himself a prime suspect in the double murder case. While a police investigation sets out to confirm his story, he cannot shake the feeling that there are strange gaps in his memory regarding the night in question and the killer's identity. As he tries to piece together the fragments of a bizarre dream, He crosses paths with a very beautiful and enigmatic woman named Su-jin (Jung Suh). Kang slowly begins to realize that his own nightmares may hold the key to the truth.

Not surprising that "Spider Forest" may alienate viewers used to the basic plot and twists, the film jumps around in timeline from Kang's relationship with his wife, to his investigation, to his conversations with Su-jin.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting and Intricate.
Spider Forest is a dark and complexed film that could best be described as haunting. The film stuck with me days after my premier viewing. Read more
Published 19 months ago by rodney
4.0 out of 5 stars Spider Forest
After discovering the bodies of two people in a cabin in the woods, Kang is chased through the forest and beaten to the brink of death by the murder. Read more
Published on November 13, 2010 by Carl Manes
4.0 out of 5 stars Where the Rubber Meets the Reality
I was tempted to give this one 3 stars but this was partly due to some confusion on my part that I was certain would be cleared up upon a second viewing so I upped it another star. Read more
Published on July 13, 2010 by Eric Sanberg
2.0 out of 5 stars Sadness and Porno
I'm always searching to add
to my Asian horror movie collection
and the reviews led me to believe
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Published on June 14, 2010 by Veritas Veritatis
5.0 out of 5 stars Amnesiac...
SPIDER FOREST is one of the best ghost stories I've seen. There's so much going on that multiple viewings are a (pleasant) requirement. Read more
Published on July 23, 2009 by Bindy Sue Frønkünschtein
5.0 out of 5 stars Five stars? why not?
Well, 5 stars because it was stylistically very lovely. The acting and direction were startlingly good. I will probably watch it again. Read more
Published on December 21, 2008 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written, shot, and acted ... and bewildering.
I had to watch this film once, visit the IMDb and read all I could from other folks attempting to explain it, then watch it again before arriving at a score of nine. Read more
Published on August 15, 2008 by Phillip Royer
5.0 out of 5 stars some other connections
I re-watched this again last night. Boy, K-films need two showings!( for any one who does not understand Korean) One to get the gist of the plot from the subtitles, the next to... Read more
Published on January 22, 2008 by Montana
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film!
One of the best films ever! I kid you not. The first time I saw it, I was confused but intrigued. I watched it a second time and was blown away. Read more
Published on October 1, 2007 by GoldenEars
4.0 out of 5 stars Spider Forest is a worthy extension of cinematic ghost lore.
This movie demands the viewer's close attention -- a meditation on memory and loss in which the semantics of film narrative are fractured and slowly re-arranged and rebuild over... Read more
Published on August 21, 2007 by Jenny J.J.I.
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