Yoga: Mind, Body and Tortured Souls
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The way it does this is to implement a very interesting main theme: vanity and the striving for perfect beauty. In some ways "Yoga" is similar to films like "Dumplings" (2004) and "Time" (2006) because of their shared amalgamation of vanity and horror, as well as their common focus on communicating the lengths to which some will go to obtain beauty. Of course, the protagonists in "Yoga" are not quite as crazy as the characters in the aforementioned films, but they do have their moments of instability within the confines of the privately owned institute that they visit to perform their week-long series of intense yoga training. While none of these characters are especially complex, they are sufficiently developed to earn the viewer's interest.
Another important scriptwriting decision that makes "Yoga" more interesting than it should be is the introduction of a form of witchcraft.Read more ›
Yoga begins great, it is atmospheric, have some good acting and it it both traditional enough to give you that good feeling of anticipation over sitting down with a good Asian horror flick, and it is different enough to feel original, the story movies around nicely and half way through this movie I was really impressed, then however all went to the hounds. I am not sure what happened if the producers went out of money or what but the last part of Yoga is confusing and sloppy, the ending is anti climatic and unsatisfying and allot of elements are just left hanging, like for example Hyo-jung boyfriend, we never get to see what happens to him. Also the final explanation of what is going on is very confusing and all in all the end of this movie just felt rushed.Read more ›
...and I'm not being sarcastic here....
The film is never as scary as it wants to be. Actually it is never scary or rewarding overtly to me, but I guess to some it apparently is, judging by Reviews. It seems to be mainly concerned with female youth, beauty, acceptance, envy, duplicity (the double-cross), and success in a consumer-society.
While the acting (as always in most Korean films) is stunning and brilliant, the director has filmed this work in what I will call Relentless Shadow Vision---or constantly dark, dull, and claustrophobic. This director shows flashes of raw power and control in framing and picking certain shots, but, sadly, it does not predominate this work. Also, some of it is just cinematically trite or already been used a zillion times.
...okay, so maybe my German Pinscher puppy did interrupt me about 137 times but I think there are plot points missing here or just not explained. Such as: exactly What is the exact deal going on with the yoga-school propriator's eternal beauty, why was the director (in the movie) killed, and the beauty-girl and the Tv girl (i'll avoid a few spoilers here), and a few other things.
...okay so the puppy interrupted me 392 times in a half hour, but I still think the plot needs clarification, especially as a detective (me), I need facts :)
This film is kind of: Yoga Meets Voodoo Meets the Exorcist Meets Envious Betrayal.
I do recommend it for some, and-or maybe those interested in such paranormal horror phenomena; you will be rewarded, I am sure. It's a heartfelt, carefully crafted, stunning work.Read more ›
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This one was a summer horror theatrical release in Korea. Originally internationally titled "Yoga School," this stars Kim Eugene (formerly of popular singing group SES). Read morePublished 5 months ago by Chris Charles
My husband and I had seen this movie as a preview and so I ordered it. It was a good movie, but the preview made it look more exciting, on the edge of your seat type of movie. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Heidi
Question: What do you get when you cross the Eagle's song/lyrics "Hotel California" and a yoga studio?
Answer: The movie Yoga: Mind, Body and Tortured Souls. Read more
I chose this rating because this has become one of my favorite foreign horror movies. I really liked the story and the cast. I would recommend this movie to any horror movie fans. Read morePublished on February 8, 2013 by Ronda Pennycuff
In a good way. I honestly really loved this movie and the story went quit well. But with many korian movies and such the endings always make you say "what?... Read morePublished on November 28, 2011 by Crymsm