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Following hot on the heels of top-selling Asian chillers such as Ring, Dark Water and Ju-on comes a stylish and terrifying ghost story to top them all.

An investigative reporter, Ji-won, has recently published a controversial article about sex scandals, and has since begun receiving a series of menacing phone calls. She changes her number and moves to a new house, but the calls keep coming. When a friend's young daughter innocently answers the ringing telephone, she begins to exhibit increasingly crazed behavior. As a series of horrifying deaths occur, Ji-won discovers the sinister secret that threatens them all.

DVD Extras
Audio Commentary
Interviews
Behind The Scenes
"Making Of" Featurette
TV Spots


Special Features

  • Audio Commentary
  • Interviews
  • Behind the Scenes and "Making Of" Featurette
  • TV Spots and Asia Extreme Trailers

Product Details

  • Actors: Ha Ji-won, Kim Yu-mi, Choi Woo-jae, Eun Seo-woo
  • Directors: Ahn Byung-Ki
  • Format: AC-3, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: Korean
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    R
    Restricted
  • Studio: Tartan Video
  • DVD Release Date: January 25, 2005
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006Q9464
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #188,829 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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PHONE concerns a young investigative journalist named Ji-Won, who begins to receive menacing calls on her mobile phone. Suspecting it is one of the men she recently wrote an exposé on, she has her number changed, but what she hears when her phone rings next is even more disturbing. After her best friend's daughter accidentally receives one of the calls, the girl begins behaving erratically. The only clue Ji-Won has to go on is the phone number that keeps appearing on her laptop, so she begins to look into the people who had her number previously, and what she finds is interesting indeed.

I'll be the first to admit that the premise of a supernatural force utilizing a cellular phone seemed hokey, but as the story progresses, the device is shown to not be a contrivance at all. Even if this weren't the case, I'd still rate the movie highly. It's simply a very effective scary movie, especially during the first half. It won't get under your skin and haunt you like 'A Tale of Two Sisters,' but it should satisfy while viewing. It's also a beautiful movie in all respects. Ignore the clunky title and check it out.

The DVD is of very high quality with many extras including trailers, and cast interviews, including one with the little girl from the movie, who is very funny. There are two deleted scenes, and the little girl gives hilarious commentary on selected scenes (prompted by an interviewer.) There is also a lot of behind the scenes footage. A nice package for a fairly obscure movie, one that puts many major studio home video releases to shame.
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I looked through the reviews below and many of them are chock full of spoilers. Perhaps it's best that you just watch this movie without finding anything out about it first as it's the sort of movie that is far more enjoyable if you go in without knowing too much about it.

As for my commentary, this is not really a horror, but more like a mystery and dark drama involving a ghost. It's not really scary, and I don't think it's really meant to be. It has a very mysterious style, but the plot is what this is about.

If you thought the plot of The Ring was great, but don't need the horror aspect so much, then you will love this one. It's a very similar style, in which a person must investigate the ghost that haunts her and the plot turns in many directions as it unfolds to gradually explain the meaning of the haunting. I thought this movie was absolutely brilliant, but if you go in just looking for a good scare, you'll be disappointed.
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I should preface this review by saying that I'm not normally a horror fan, and haven't seen many other Asian horror movies. I bought this mainly because I'm a big fan of Ha Ji Won.

I found "Phone" to be haunting and suspenseful. Despite the title, this is a film that uses mostly low-tech effects for its thrills: atmospheric lighting/shadows, a quiet, creepy score, and of course, the reactions on the faces of the actors. There are solid performances from the mostly female cast, especially Ha Ji Won as the young journalist/narrator and Eun Seo-Woo as a disturbed young girl. Up until the final, climactic scene, there is not a lot of blood and gore, and there are some surprising twists at the end. After watching it the first time, I found myself going over the scenes in my head, and piecing together the clues. It's definitely worth watching again.

If you enjoy supernatural thrillers, such as "The Sixth Sense" and "The Others"' you will probably really like "Phone".

In Korean with English subtitles (which are excellent, by the way). Extras include a brief "Making Of" documentary and interviews with the director and cast members.
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This, like so many other Asian horror movies, have an extremely good plot, well executed story, and interest until the end, not really knowing what direction the tale will turn. The movie arrived on time, in excellent condition, and I would recommend this site to others.
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Koreans have been big players in the Asian horror boom of the last few years, producing acclaimed genre fare such as "Ring Virus", "A tale of two sisters" and the sadistic revenge thriller "Oldboy" among others. One of the more successful was the 2002 Korean box office smash "Phone" just now released in America through TLA Entertainment Group. No doubt "Phone" owes part of its success to the splash that Ringu made on the international horror scene. However, knocking off "Phone" as a Ringu ripoff would be a mistake. This is an excellent film in its own right.

Ji-Won, a successful journalist, is being stalked. Her revealing sex-scandal articles have made her quite a few enemies lately including a creep who keeps phoning her cell and following her around so she changes her phone number and accepts her friend's offer of a retreat into a secluded country cabin. But even with new digs and a new phone number, Ji-Won is still getting creepy calls. Even worse, she finds out that the last 3 people who were registered under the same phone# have died mysterious deaths...

"Phone" wastes no time getting started. The initial elevator scene is a real chiller as are the initial stalker calls that Ji-Won receives. Barely 20 minutes into it and this one is a full-blown creepfest. The incessant ringing is a clever way to scare the viewer; the first few had me on edge but after a half dozen rings and a bunch of Red Herrings later my nerves were pretty well fried. At this point, however effective it may be in scaring us, "Phone" does feel derivative of Ringu.
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