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Of all of the Asian Horror DVD movies in my personal collection [that were] purchased on the International market, this is the one-- along with "Tyakusin Ari" (aka "One Missed Call") --I totally had NOT expected would be picked up for official "Region-1" DVD release. I don't know what this all means from the DVD marketers' perspective, but I'm beginning to have my... umm... "suspicions."
Here we have a movie that is neither exclusively "good" nor exclusively "bad" -- just weighed heavily in "ambivalence."
The main theme of the story is intriguing enough: A forensic facial reconstructionist, distraught over the death of his wife and additionally burdened with caring for his deathly ill little daughter, submits his resignation from police work even as he is being begged to stay on due to the sheer volume of work still needed to be done which requires his expertise. He is "involuntarily" coaxed back into service by a young new protege and by a number of "unexplained phenomena" surrounding a new skull he has been asked to offer his help with.
Complicating matters is the repeatedly unstable condition of his sickly daughter -- who had undergone a very dangerous & difficult heart transplant surgery that required a very rare type of "organ donor match" in order for the surgical procedure to have even the slightest chances of success (a "MacGuffin" referred to in the movie as "Beta Alergic"). "Inspired," if you will, by a thread of ghostly apparitions and other related inexplicable sights & sensations, the specialist becomes convinced that the spirit connected to the latest skull in his possession will not rest quietly until it has been given its face back.Read more ›
You'll definately get a twist in the end like you've probably expected. Yes, the scheme this movie is based on is quite recognizable but you can never know all the details... And details make this picture memorable. I must note a perfect acting from all the main performers - I was pleasantly surprised. The cunning story-line, plus great acting and superior directing make "Face" a remarkable film among all other Korean and Asian in general thrillers.
Partly I have to agree with the reviewer 'Ace-of-Stars' who says all those Sadacoesque appearances were absolutely unnecessary. I think they were a bit worn-out but they seemed to fit the story well and this girl with long black hair was actually needed for the script. So... It already became a trademark of Asian horror cinema like a blind (crippled, unpretty, timid - pick any) girl who stays alive in the end of American slashers.
"Face" is definately worth watching, it's not a minute boring, it's well crafted and intense although at the same time pensive like many Korean films.
He is "sent" an assistant and, after much supernatural trauma (many familiar motifs here), he decides to accept the case.
The beauty of this film is that it takes you here, then there, then somewhere else and ultimately leaves you not knowing the direction you're going in...until you've got there.
It's a good one.
The story in this film is creepy. From beginning to end, ghostly images are spread throughout; some are immensely creepy and unexpected, some are downright odd and unique. It uses elements of mystery as Hyun-min tries to locate the donor of his daughter's new heart, concurrently attempting to give a face to a recent murder victim. A few effective jump scares are also used, although not too often. The ending of this film is great, with a somewhat unexpected twist. The acting was great, and the music matched the tone of the film.
Overall, Face is a great horror film for those that love creepy, slow-burners. As of 3/17/13, this film is available on Netflix Streaming, a purchase is recommended for fans of Asian horror, a rental otherwise.
Face has some strong blood violence, and brief nudity.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This DVD arrived promptly, packaged well, and was even more enjoyable to watch than the first time I saw it years ago. A great Korean Murder Mystery Thriller with a twist.Published 1 month ago by Sarah Hoover
Face is a mystery thriller about Hyun-min, a forensics scientist/researcher who is trying to solve a serial murder. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Desertman84
I LOVE this movie! It's one of my favorite Korean movies that I have and have seen. Not really about horror, but more of a thriller. Read morePublished on February 21, 2014 by Michael
As a fan of Asian horror films, this one didn't really match my expectations. I thought it was heartless. Some of the twist in the story were not that elaborated. Read morePublished on March 31, 2013 by Boris
I enjoyed watching this movie. I love mystery movies with a great ending. It has a really happy ending. I could watch it over and over. One of my favorite movies.Published on November 26, 2012 by sume durant
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