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Whispering Corridors (1998)

Kang-hee Choi , Gyu-ri Kim , Ki-hyeong Park  |  R |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Kang-hee Choi, Gyu-ri Kim, Min-jung Kim, Roe-ha Kim, Yu-seok Kim
  • Directors: Ki-hyeong Park
  • Writers: Ki-hyeong Park, Jung-Ok In
  • Producers: Choon-yeon Lee
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: Korean (Dolby Digital 5.1), Korean (DTS 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Tartan Video
  • DVD Release Date: February 22, 2005
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00070Q8LI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,115 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Whispering Corridors" on IMDb

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Jookran High School is an ordinary high school with its pressures and requirements for the students to conform and pursue the better education. However, underneath its seemingly normal struggle between discipline and the resistance of the adolescence lie the school's dark and dirty secrets, and a terrifying fury, which is unleashed with the death of Mr. Park, a teacher of room 3-3, whose nickname was an "Old fox". The fear for the unrest in the school forces teaches to impose a "silent regime" on students who had seen the dead body of the Old fox hanging in the school's overpass. As if it had been expected, painting the scene of death by a senior classmate Ji-oh arouses a lot of abuse from a room 3-3's new teacher called Mad dog. Amid the strange rumors that spread throughout the school, Jung-sook, who always used to be compared with the Mad dog's favorite student So-young, commits suicide, and the Mad dog himself disappears with no traces left. Meanwhile, a former senior student from room 3-3, Eun-young who a literature teacher appointed to his alma mater is molested by the words left over his telephone by the Old fox the night before he died. Eun-young finally suspects that the horrific events happened in the school, had something to do with the death of her best friend nine years ago...

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
The first of a series, "Whispering Corridors" is a ghost tale set in a private school, focusing mainly on a former student returning to the school as a teacher and on a pair of friends who are sort of borderline outcasts among the student population. It's a hard movie to give a description on because it's quite cryptic (not a bad thing) with much becoming clear only in the latter portions of the film, but I'll try and give my take on it without delving into much beyond the halfway point. Even in the final shots a lot is still left to the individual's interpretation.

First of all, the school in the movie is Not a nice place, as becomes subtly apparant early on and more overt as the film progresses. It's one of those places that seem to be universal on the planet where too many people with too little character and too much of the idea that they should be able to do whatever they damn well want to whoever they want are running the show, and in this case it seems the student body is falling right in line with their less than admirable teachers, though in a less open, more deceitful way. The conflict of the newly arrived teacher with the established hierachy within this one school is a well-handled, though 'quiet' subplot.

It becomes quite brutal and harrowing in places, not because of the level of violence (it's far below that in many other horror movies) but because of the unnervingly casual nature of the cruelty. And this - in a rather unexpected way - plays into the nature, genesis and motivations of the entity whose activities have recently come into play at the school. A really stunning and dramatic finale leaves, in my estimation, plenty of room for a sequel, although apparantly (I haven't seen them yet) the follow-ups are only loosely related or bound by 'theme'.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Whispering Corridors is a classic Asian Horror Film April 21, 2005
Whispering Corridors is a totally scary, and entertaining horror flick from Korea. It's easy to see why this was the first of an explosion of Asian Horror films like the Ring and the Grudge, because the director, Park Ki-Hyung is definitely well versed in American horror and uses his understanding of the genre to make the movie really appealing to any American horror fan. Whispering Corridors is the first in a trilogy of films. The first death in the movie and all of the rest are really reminiscent of the slashers like Friday the 13th and other late 70's early 80's American horror which are the staples of the genre. If you like horror films and have seen the best ones, you'll immediately see why this one fits right in to that group. What's really cool about it, is that there's no CG (computer generated effects). All of the blood and deaths etc. are all done with real actors, and it's almost more believable than the over-the-top current American horror genre. There's something so tangible about the blood in the film. It's bright red, and creeps the viewer out in a way that CG children running around (like in the Grudge) could never fully achieve.

The whole film takes place around an all girls school-- and with girls in uniforms and mysterious murders, you've got the makings of a great horror narrative. The first 20 minutes really suck you into the story as Ki-Hyung moves the camera much like 70's DePalma or Hitchcock--It's seductive. The school building becomes horrifying in and of itself. The way Ki-Hyung presents the school makes it like an evil edifice similar to the Overlook Hotel in Kubrick's The Shining.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Better than average, a rare film worth seeing! January 22, 2005
I tracked down this film after happening upon the far superior "Memento Mori," and although I didn't enjoy this quite as much as its arbitrary sequel, I would still recommend it. Both films fall into a category that has grown in recent years, with films such as "May," and "Ginger Snaps," which I would call "Female Horror." Traditional horror films often focus on male villians and heroes. Women are secondary, and are often portrayed as helpless victim and non-person. While not exactly feminist film, "Female Horror" is significant because it focuses on women and girls as people, whether they are victim, hero, or assailant.

A former student returns to her alma mater as a teacher. As she is haunted by memories of a childhood friend who committed suicide, the school is plagued by the mysterious deaths of cruel teachers. This aspect of "Whispering Corridors" almost suggests a version of "If..." in a girls' school. I had read about the controversial scenes containing images of teachers brutalizing students, and I assumed the worst. I thought I would see girls in ponytails and school girl uniforms getting spanked in an exploitive manner. But instead, the girls are portrayed as people, and we see how the verbal and physical abuse effects them. One girl has the desire to paint, but is told that her painting is too horrific. She is beaten in front of the class, and her painting destroyed by the teacher.

A particularly nasty male teacher gets a dose of schoolyard justice in one of the most effective scenes in the movie. Here is something you don't see very often in a horror film--an underdeveloped male character gets whacked in a pretty nasty way when he is found in a vulnerable position by a female.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Eh
The story is ehhh, not a whole lot of horror in it and I didn't think it was at all scary. It's more of the story is what you'll be after in this movie.
Published 8 months ago by Michael
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
I liked the price and quick shipping thank you vary much for the DVD. I was expecting a few scratches but there were none.
Published on July 28, 2012 by Katie.fluffypanda
1.0 out of 5 stars A confusing, boring waste of time
This film is about a Korean girls school, haunted by the ghost of a former student. When another former student returns as a teacher, things come to a climax. Read more
Published on April 19, 2011 by Dr. Ronald K. Mccraw
4.0 out of 5 stars Jin-Ju never left
School can be hell. So it's a perfect spot for horror movies that focus on the symbolic supernatural problems of teenagers. Read more
Published on September 2, 2007 by E. A Solinas
2.0 out of 5 stars Very Confusing Suspense Movie
I think this movie would do best with Korean audiences. For one thing, all the schoolgirls wear the same clothes. Read more
Published on June 5, 2007 by Artist & Author
5.0 out of 5 stars Korean horror is great! I love this movie!
This was my first Asian horror film to see and it was great! I love both Korean and Japanese horror movies. The girls are awesome in this movie! My favorite one is Jin-joh. Read more
Published on March 25, 2007 by Roberta Wright
3.0 out of 5 stars A minor entry in the J-horror flood.
Whispering Corridors (Ki-Hyung Park, 1998)

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Published on January 25, 2007 by Robert Beveridge
3.0 out of 5 stars Corridors ...of...terror! Yeah I know thats lame
Asian horror has recently become a passion of mine. In fact, if you read my other reviews, most of the positive ones are for asian ghost stories. Read more
Published on January 25, 2007 by Evan Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars A NOTABLE LANDMARK OF A MOVIE
"Whispering Corridors" could have become what "Ringu" became for us. Both movies were released the same year but for some reason Japanese picture grew into a cult one while... Read more
Published on August 28, 2006 by Anton Ilinski
1.0 out of 5 stars *YAWN*
This is the most boring movie I've ever seen. Each scene is so slow. The storyline is cliche and predictible. Read more
Published on August 8, 2006
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