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Memento Mori

4.0 out of 5 stars 30 customer reviews

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Min-Ah discovers a shared diary and is soon fascinated to learn that two people she thought to be very close friends have in fact begun a forbidden romance at her school. She finds herself unable to tear her eyes away from the literally page-turning high drama of her classmates' lives, and the allure of the secret diary begins to take over. When one of the diary's writers is found dead from an apparent suicide, rumors spread and Min-Ah begins to feel a strange presence. The once-tranquil school is transformed into a place of morbid terror, as if the words written in the journal, "memento mori" (remember the dead), have come to life.

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  • Actors: Lee Seong-jin, Park Yeh-Jin, Lee Young-Jin, Kim Min-Sun, Kim Min-Hee
  • Directors: Kim Tae Yeon, Kim Tae-Yong, Min Kyu-Dong
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Korean
  • 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 Asia Extreme
  • DVD Release Date: April 12, 2005
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007R4TLC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #220,720 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Memento Mori is an inventive horror story with a delicate touch as it deals with Min-Ah who finds a somewhat disturbing diary in her school for girls. The diary is written by two students in the school, Hyo-Shin and Shi-Eun, who both are seniors. On the very same day that Min-Ah comes across the diary Hyo-Shin commits suicide for some unknown reason. The death of Hyo-Shin leads to multiple rumors among the girls in the school, which induces mass hysteria and depression among the school girls. However, Min-Ah discovers something much more mysterious as she continues to read the diary that seems to enchant her. Passionately Min-Ah begins seeking the truth behind Hyo-Shin's demise, and the road to the truth seems to be a very dangerous path. Memento Mori is a film that displays the joy of film making as it tells a complex coming of age story, which offers a truly great cinematic experience.
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This is a quirky little story about a group of girls in an all girl's school. The movie contains elements of horror that appear in the last act but they fail to frighten and really are more of the ghostly bump in the night variety. Less horror than supernatural goings-on that could just as easily have been left out of the story.

I went into this movie expecting horror and got a story about close friends and sometime lovers at an all girl's school and what happens both after and before a young girl commits suicide. The story is fairly involving and I had no problem sticking around to the end but I can't recommend it as strongly as the other reviewers. It was okay. Frankly the story could have been told without the strangeness and it would have been more effective. The horror elements were pretty limp and were not central to the story.
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Memento Mori, aka Yeogo Goedam II, is an in-name-only sequel to a film by the English title, Whispering Corridors. Although this film bears no real connection to the first, they share a common theme of supernatural happenings in a girls' school. Additionally, both are horror films with strong character exploration. In my opinion, Memento Mori far exceeds the enjoyable Whispering Corridors.

A high school girl named Min-ah finds a very elaborate and colorful diary belonging to two of her classmates. She is fascinated by the contents, and the way it is put together. This is no ordinary diary. It doesn't just open one way and read left to right. There are nooks and crannies everywhere, and words going in every direction. At first, Min-ah is interested, faking sick so that she can learn more about the special bond these two girls share. Until the diary takes over her mind and seems to inspire hallucinations.

This movie is excellent all around, but my personal preferences dictate that the best thing about it is the fact that it portrays a part of school life that I will henceforth refer to as "that day." I'm not talking about anything so obvious as that day your lesbian lover "outed" you to your classmates by bringing you milk (that's so GAY!) and then kissing you on the mouth in the middle of school (not THAT gay--we've all done that). Nor am I talking about that day your roommate inexplicably committed suicide (and you learned that, sadly, that automatic 4.0 thing is just an urban myth) and started possessing everybody at school. I'm not talking about either of THOSE coming of age milestones, because, although they are also portrayed in Memento Mori, they are such obviously universal themes that they have been ingrained into collective consciousness in films too numerous to list.
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I purchased all 5 of the Whispering Corridors films.

1. Whispering Corridors
2. Memento Mori
3. Wishing Stairs
4. Voice
5. A Blood Pledge

Memento Mori was my least favorite of the 5, with the other four films easily being 4-5 star films.

Memento Mori was confusing and I had a hard time keeping the actresses apart. I will probably watch it again in a few months & I'm sure that it'll be less confusing the second time around.

Teenagers annoyed me even when I was a teenager...with all their petty dramas & stupid decisions. And although all 5 films are about teens, Memento Mori came across as the most immature of all the films. Which is really ironic because some very adult themes are in the film.

If you plan to buy all 5 of the films, I think it's worth it to buy this one as well, but if you're just looking for a good movie to watch, I'd recommend any of the other 4 films over this one.
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At no time did this feel like a horror movie. Surreal, yes, horror no, in spite of the few vain attempts to inject some last minute frights (which only added to the peculiar nature of the story). The plot features the doomed relationship of two students in an all girl high school. A shared diary they make falls into the hands of another student who reads it. The girls in this school, on the whole, are a disparate lot. They are depicted as petty, mean spirited, vain, and thoroughly snotty. I wasn't surprised when a couple of teachers slapped the faces of two students (something that would normally get one fired!). The story unravels slowly, in a nonlinear fashion. Time is not an issue; it bounces all over the place, going every which way. This does nothing to consolidate the story. However, if confusion was the filmmakers' aim then they surely succeeded. The camera work is exceptional; there are a couple of startling images. All of the acting is on the same level (if you enjoy watching screeching teens). It's a raucous vision of teen angst and the aftermath of ruination. I didn't particularly enjoy watching it but it did hold my interest throughout. I just have no intention of ever watching it again. Not a keeper.
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