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Epitaph

3.9 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

Product Description

A series of horrifying events plague a Korean hospital in the 1940s.

Review

SEATTLE WEEKLY PICK -
Chilling! The Jung brothers show they're already masters of ominous dread." --Seattle Weekly

This is most likely the smartest and most beautiful Asian horror film I've seen. --AsianMovieWeb.com

One of the best of any genre! Masterfully constructed and directed, it is one of the rare cases which sees directors willing to push the envelope and attempt to really unnerve viewers by aiming for the mind, heart and stomach at the same time. --BeyondHollywood.com

This is most likely the smartest and most beautiful Asian horror film I've seen. --AsianMovieWeb.com

One of the best of any genre! Masterfully constructed and directed, it is one of the rare cases which sees directors willing to push the envelope and attempt to really unnerve viewers by aiming for the mind, heart and stomach at the same time. --BeyondHollywood.com

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Product Details

  • Actors:  Mu-song Jeon, Jin-an Jeong  Choi Jae-Hwan
  • Directors: Jung Brothers, Jeong Beom-Sik, Jeong Sik
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: Korean
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    Unrated
    Not Rated
  • Studio: TLA Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: August 1, 2007
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001OCVPNY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #138,109 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Format: DVD
I saw this movie awhile ago so details are fuzzy but I can say it is almost on par with A Tale of Two Sisters. It may be a bit confusing at times but it has the kind of storyline that draws the viewer in and makes one want to watch again to understand the ending better. It is an excellent example of the newer Asian horror; the kind that messes with your mind but still has a touch of the supernatural instead of the "long haired ghost" stereotype. Here is the description of the film:

" 'Gidam' is a horror movie about a mysterious incident that took place at the Gyeongseong Ahnsaeng Hospital in 1942.

The film has attracted a large number of moviegoers with its fresh story line, scenes that appeal to the aesthetic sense and the underlying sadness behind the prevailing horror."

It's worth it, trust me.
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Gidam (Epitaph) (Beom-Sik Jeong, 2007)

I will admit right out that part of my problem with Epitaph may, in fact, be my problem, rather than the movie's; as I often do when I am as ridiculously far behind in reviewing as I've been for the past year solid, I was writing reviews while the movie was playing, and thus I may not have been paying as close attention to it as it commanded. That said, I find in reading various reviews around the internet that I am far from the only person who found the film to be somewhat confusing [[...]] [...] [...] [...]. So I'm going to assume at least some of the burden of proof is on the movie itself.

Plot: there are actually three different plots, all of which converge on a wartime hospital. In one, a young girl survives a car accident and finds herself haunted by the ghosts of her parents. A second details an intern's obsession with a beautiful woman who committed suicide, and the third concerns a husband-and-wife team investigating a serial killer who preys on soldiers. All of these stories, unrelated as they may be, do eventually collide (though not in the most convincing of ways).

Despite the confusion aspect of the film, it's a very pretty thing, exquisitely-shot (though one wonders if maybe the cinematographer should have considered knocking things up a little given that the film is set in 1942 for the sake of archaism) and very nicely-acted. There is much to be said for that, especially since you can probably head for the internet and/or figure out most of the confusing bits to your satisfaction with a bit of reflection, so unless you're very easily frustrated that's not a reason not to watch this; it certainly could have been better than it is, but it's worth checking out. ***
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I enjoyed the film very much. True, the sequences seem very disjointed, but the common theme is that love settles the conflicts of people just before they die, thus they die in peace (at least in this movie). Eloquent visuals, and the music/ sound effects were expertly crafted- not once did I feel that the quiet, scary moments were out of place, and the rest of the music was serene and perfect for the pretty-but-haunting scenery. The tagline below the title is precisely the theme of the movie. It is beautiful, creepy, and classic, with some blood.

Let's also keep in mind that the insurmountable number of plot twists seems to be a big thing with Korean horror films. "A Tale of Two Sisters", "Bloody Reunion", this movie, etc. - all of them contain several major twists, much more than American movies, and they may seem overwhelming and flatly delivered, however, this is not a bad thing, as patience pays off in the end. Good movie!
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Epitaph tells three stories set in a Korean hospital in the 1940s. A medical student that falls in love with a corpse; a young girl is the only survivor of a tragic car crash and is haunted by her dead parents; and, a married couple investigate a potential serial killer and find a much more disturbing truth. Epitaph is a haunting yet beautiful South Korean film, with some flaws.

Epitaph has chilling and disturbing stories; however, the main problem lies within the often confusing storytelling, which effects the overall enjoyment of the story. You can get lost since it jumps around often and tries to set-up some twists for all of the stories; by the end, you'll hopefully understand most of the story, though. It's a scary film that blends some jump-scares (a few that are really good), tension, and disturbing and often surreal imagery; this is good, however, it's not as consistent as I would've liked it to be. The story does move at a slow pace, so be prepared. The settings and the ghostly images are unsettling and disturbing. The acting was great, and so was the music. The film's cinematography was also great and really helped create the atmosphere.

Overall, Epitaph has a great story with some chilling moments and stunning scares; the storytelling is confusing at times, and it can feel slow, though. As of 12/28/12, this film is available on Netflix Streaming, a rental is recommended for those interested, a purchase is recommended for fans of S. Korean cinema and horror fans.

Epitaph has strong blood and violence, no nudity or sex.
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Yes a beautiful little film but confusing. I confess I was unable to separate the plots or keep track of the characters or keep track of the sequences through time. Very good production, excellent cinematography, and suitably creepy acting Obscure, confusing, and muddled. However, worth seeing.
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