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The Uninvited (2003)

Shin-yang Park , Gianna Jun , Soo-youn Lee  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Shin-yang Park, Gianna Jun, Seon Yu, Ok Jeong, Ju-shil Lee
  • Directors: Soo-youn Lee
  • Writers: Soo-youn Lee
  • Producers: Eugene Lee, Jung-Wan Oh, Soo-hyun Ahn
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Original recording remastered, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Korean (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Korean (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • 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: Panik House
  • DVD Release Date: May 30, 2006
  • Run Time: 127 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000F48DB4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #363,700 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Uninvited" on IMDb

Special Features

  • "The Making of The Uninvited" behind the scenes featurette
  • Interview with actors Ji-hyun Jun and Shin-yang Park
  • English and Spanish commentaries
  • "Abridged: The Uninvited Condensed"
  • Essay on Korean horror by Art Black
  • Production notes and bios
  • Poster and still galleries
  • Trailer
  • Insert card and collectible sticker

Editorial Reviews

This intrernationally acclaimed thriller is a character driven throwback to the groundbreaking horror films of the 1970's. This modern horror masterpiece shares as much in common with The Exorcist and Rosemary's Baby as with The Ring or The Grudge. Riveting performances from the two leads porovide a powerful, unforgetable plunge into the deepest fathoms of psychological terror, and once you see what lies beyond the veil of reality, there is not escaping its apocalyptic curse.

• Behind-The-Scenes: The Making of The Uninvited Documentary Featurette

• English and Spanish Audio Commentaries

• Trailers

• Posters and Sill Garries

• Production Notes, Essays & Bios

• Essay on Korean Horror by Art Black (Asian Cult Cinema, Psychotronic Video Guide)

• Optional English and Spanish Subtitles

• Seperate Bilingual Menus in English and Spanish

• Collectible Sticker

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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie and DVD, not only for Horror Fans June 9, 2006
I got the DVD for the Uninvited not knowing what to expect, Asian Horror movies are usually very different one from another. There are movies that go heavy on the blood and others than go heavy on the Drama; The Uninvited falls in the latter, just like other movies like Dark Water or Two Sisters. The movie is about a man named Jung-won who is an Interior designer. One day he falls asleep in the subway and he must hurry out before the doors close, but outside he notices that the two kids are still on the train, and he does nothing. The next day he hears on the radio that the 2 children were dead and suddenly he starts seen the kids sitting at his dinner table.

He ignores what is happening to him, probably thinking is the shock of watching the children dead in the train until the day he meets a woman named Yun who suffers from narcolepsy, so he takes her to his home when she loses conscious in his car, and just when she is leaving she tell him to put his kids in bed, so now Jung-won is not the only one seeing the dead kids.

From there Yun helps Jung-won find the gruesome secrets buried in his past, but he is not the only one with a dark past.

The movie has some very shocking scenes that play very well. Both lead actors, Shin-yang Park and Ji-hyun Jun (most known for her part in the romantic comedy (My Sassy Girl") did a fantastic job playing these troubled characters. The cinematography is superb, there were some scenes were I was very impressed.

The US DVD from Panik House is great, from the cover to the extras. There are 2 Audio Commentaries, one in English, which is very informative about the Korean culture and Cinema and another one in Spanish.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Very Good And Complex Film: Psychological Horror! January 25, 2007
"The Uninvited," is not your usual or typical horror film riddled with the usual gorefest cliches common in too many horror films. This film is a deeper, and more methodically paced film dealing with the human pysche. And more importantly, the horrors that we carry with us: In this case, the films main protagonist Jeong-won (Shin-yang Park). If you have the patience for a very complex, and slowly paced film, then this film will reward you. As a word of caution however, it is not for those whose idea of a horror film [if we can call it that] is one with gratuitous gore from beginning to end. I thought that this was a very good film. However, it may not appeal to all viewers. The film is rather slow-paced, and ambiguous.

Furthermore, the films usuage of ghosts and other supernatural occurances are used in order to advance the films main theme: The inner pysche of the films main protagonist, Jeong-won (Shin-yang Park). And I believe the film succeeded magnificantly in this respect. The film begins with Jeong-wan, an architect, who has no recollection or memories of his childhood. Returning from home one day on the subway, he notices two young girls who are sitting next to him. As he reaches the end of the line, he notices the two girls are still there. Thinking nothing further about it, he returns home. However, he later learns that the two girls were dead. Thus begins a very complex film. Jeong-wan's life begins to change dramatically, as he begins to see the two dead children. Whether or not this is in his head, or real is only part of the films message: For it is mainly the films ambiguity which leave the viewer to his or her imagination.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lee hits this one out of the park. June 25, 2007
The Uninvited (Su-yeon Lee, 2003)

The Uninvited is being marketed here in America as just another Asian horror flick, which is a disservice not only to the film, but both to the Asian horror film audience in America and the audience that would get far more out of it. Not to say there isn't crossover; I rented it expecting another Asian horror flick and got, well, The Uninvited, which while it contains some supernatural elements (and the rather extreme ways of depicting them of which the Japanese are so fond), is a breathtaking psychological drama about the lengths a person will go to to defend himself from the past, and the devastation that can occur when those defenses are broken down.

While the main character is Jeong-won (Shin-yang Park), it's hard to really define anyone as a "main" character here. He (and his story) gets the most screen time, but everything going on around him is just as important, even the part to which he and his story are tangential. In any case, Jeong-won is an interior designer with a problem--a nagging, overbearing fiancée, Hee-eun (Seon Yu). One night, he falls asleep on the train home, and rides it to the last stop by accident. As the train pulls off into the yard for the night, from the platform he sees that two small children are still on the train, seemingly asleep. The next morning, he finds out they were found there dead, and almost immediately after has a work-related accident that causes head trauma. That night, he sees the two dead girls sitting at the new table his fiancée just bought.

And that's just the first five minutes. It's also the synopsis most people will give (everyone stops there because we run out of space for it), and that's why everyone thinks it's a ghost story.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Okay if you hang in there
Very slo-o-o-w movie, but it does improve at the end. However, I wish I hadn't spent the money on it. Try to find it through Netflix if you can.
Published 4 months ago by Valerie A. Lindsey
3.0 out of 5 stars Not A Horror Film
The Uninvited is a movie about two people namely,Jung-won and Yun, who met accidentally and have a developed a friendship as they relate together about the psychological horrors... Read more
Published 6 months ago by DESERTMAN40
5.0 out of 5 stars not a horror movie but one of the best psychological thriller
i wont say it is a horror movie .yes there are few images of dead children lying . but the main theme is not horror at all . Read more
Published on October 18, 2011 by S. Ahmed
3.0 out of 5 stars No so much of a horror more mystery suspense.
The film about a man who is haunted by the visions he sees. On the surface it appears to be a ghost story but it turns into the exact opposite of that. Read more
Published on July 5, 2011 by maskedgamer
3.0 out of 5 stars Just ok
I would have to agree with another review that said this movie was disappointing. Indeed much of it seemed pointless. Read more
Published on June 5, 2010 by Kenneth L. Whittier
4.0 out of 5 stars Gets Better and Better Every Time I Watch It
The first time I watched "The Uninvited" (2003, Korea) I thought it was boring. The second time I watched it I thought it was good but needed approximately 20 minutes edited out. Read more
Published on May 17, 2010 by Anticlimacus
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
Felt a bit too long in places, but well worth my time. Great story, a few scares, a disturbing scene, good atmosphere, great ending. Thought provoking.
Published on May 1, 2009 by nothingt5
4.0 out of 5 stars Creepy Korean psychological thriller/horror
"The Uninvited" is a compelling Korean psychological thriller with a dash of horror in it. The movie is quite slow in pacing, but patient viewers will be rewarded with a compelling... Read more
Published on April 30, 2009 by Z Hayes
2.0 out of 5 stars A few minutes of horror
There's about 15 minutes of horror film. But the rest of the 2 hours is made up of 2 confused people trying to come to terms with their histories which are related to the horror... Read more
Published on March 1, 2009 by J. A. Eyon
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Cryptic, Atmospheric Horror
One of the best and eeriest examples of atmospheric horror ever made, "The Uninvited" has been criticized by some for being too slow, but in my mind the pacing is perfect for this... Read more
Published on July 30, 2008 by Stephen B. O'Blenis
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Which "Uninvited" is this?
I hoped it was the 1944 classic, I checked at, and there they have a link to the original 1944 poster, but they also state that it is the Japanese horror movie
Apr 15, 2006 by Rune Christiansen |  See all 2 posts
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Which "The Uninvited" is this?
Thanks very much for the info. Guess we'll just have to keep waiting..
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