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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.
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The storyline is a female journalist uncovered a huge sex ring and the people involved are going to trial because of this she keeps getting threatening calls she decides to move to a new home near her best friend and she changes her number unfortunately the calls keep coming and when her best friends daughter answers the phone she somehow gets possessed by a vengeful ghost the journalist now has to figure out why these mysterious calls keep coming why the kid is possessed and how to save the kid from this ghost i can't give away any more than that however when the full story is revealed and you find out why the phone is cursed and who this vengeful ghost was in life and how she died i was shocked i never saw it coming the movie has a good ending which is rare for horror movies all the actors did a great job especially the female lead and the possessed kid
I got the dvd version the movie is in Korean with English subtitles I love foreign movies so reading the subtitles doesn't bother me but I know it bothers some please don't let the foreign language and subtitles stop you from watching this and other foreign movies once you get into the movie you won't even realize your reading subtitles
Overall phone is an excellent horror movie with great acting a great storyline and a strong female lead phone Is Better Than most American Horror Movies That Come Out Today
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.
Phone foregoes all those pesky elements like a plot that makes sense, employing instead a lot of beautifully cropped images, brazen colors, and looks askance (meant to portent ill will from the nether region). The story is suspiciously simple, involving a killer phone number, a peeved ghost, Moonlight Sonata, and a married man with roving intentions. It's just the way in which it was presented that makes it a bit off. It's as if the filmmaker wrote the screenplay on index cards then threw them in the air. How and where they landed was the order in which it was filmed.
I like mysteries with clues, not clueless.
When a friend's daughter picks up the phone and listens, she instantly starts throwing tantrums. This leads in to the movie which portrays the current phone owner (woman) playing detective to determine why she is getting these calls, who is placing them, and ultimately to determine what crime has been committed by who.
Extremely good movie for those with a strong stomach for horror and blood.
Disk has tons of extras for those that are interested in the making of, commentaries, and behind the scenes shots.
All region DVD plays excellent on LG HDBlueray DVD drive (computer) and HD TV with Spanish/English subtitles and Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
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To try to put a stop to this, Ji-won moves into her sisters house and changes her changes her mobile phone number, however the calls still continue to arrive.
When she, her sister and her little niece Young-ju visit an art gallery, Young-ju answers Ji-won's phone to hear a high pitched screaming. Ji-won and her sister try to pull the phone off Young-ju and Young-ju collapses in terror. This call seems to start off a series of weird ghostly happenings mostly centred on Young-ju, which Ji-won is not sure if this is tied in with the stalker or not. Ji-won investigates further and eventually uncovers a story of unrequited love and revenge which threatens the lives of all around her.
I don't feel that the sex scandal story and the ghost story seem to bear any relation with each other in this movie. I can only presume that the sex scandal threats against Ji-won are used as an explanation for her to move into the haunted house. The sex scandal story seems to be dropped in favour of the ghost story, but suddenly pops back into storyline for no reason very briefly half way through, then disappears again.
The story seems very disjointed, jumping into flashbacks but giving no clue as to when it is going to, therefore you think you are watching present day, then suddenly realise that the story has changed to some months before. The storyline is difficult to follow, a bit of a who dunnit, but you do manage to start to unravel it all by the end of the movie.
The best actor by far is the little girl, adorably cute!! She manages to switch from giggly little girl to extreme evil instantly! The rest of the cast seemed a bit emotionless and I was not able to empathise with the storyline, therefore it lost a bit of the tension and scariness for me.
It was a bit disappointing that more was not made of some potentially very scary scenes and perhaps more could have been made of the similarities in the the characteristics that Young-ju started to exhibit and that of the ghost. If you are looking for a truly scary movie along the lines of the Grudge or Ring, you will not find it here, this is more like a sad love story/ghost mystery. If you love asian horror, then you will probably enjoy this but otherwise I am sure there are plenty of other scarier movies than this one.
Young journalist Ji-won has exposed an underage sex scandal and is told by her editor Ho-jeong to keep a low profile until the men implicated can be tried. Then Ji-won begins to receive mysterious and disturbing phone calls (after purchasing a new cell-phone) in which one of these calls is answered by the editor's daughter, Yeong-ju, who begins to act strangely afterwards... As the phone calls continue, Ji-won must decipher them before something terrible happens...whilst also dodging a creepy stalker!!
Ha Ji-won plays the main character with authenticity and style while she's wonderfully backed up with excellent direction from Byeong-ki, the creepy premise that makes its own in the K-horror genre and her supporting cast are intense, especially Eun Seo-woo (the editor's daughter) who switches from incredibly cute to chillingly evil with such power that you're easily convinced.
If you're a lover of K-horrors or horrors in general then you should definitely pick this up, otherwise move along!!!
The acting is amazing and the young actress is very impressive and plays on really hard subject for a young girl like her. She's very good to look creepy.
Film de fantômes avec les habituelles filles aux longs cheveux noirs (et ce n'est pas fini), Phone est élégant et plaisant à regarder mais se montre déjà inférieur à Ring, la faute à des effets trop appuyés et répétitifs. La fin est un peu plus consistante avec le drame familial.
Après le Japon, c'est la Corée du Sud qui exploite le filon de l'horreur. Verdict : un essai correct mais qui ne fera pas date dans l'histoire du cinéma.
As we know, countless films claim to be up there with 'Ju-on' and 'The Ring', but very few get anywhere close. Much the same as it's become to popular to liken films to 'Saw' or 'Hostel' when a certain intention is promoted. I'm pleased to say that 'Phone', whilst not quite being a classic, is very good indeed.
Firstly, what a performance by Eun See Woo, the child actor who plays 'Yeong-Ju'. This is a standout performance which is up there with 'The Exorcist' and 'Polterguist' for the brillance of their young actor's talents. Similarly, Ha Ji-Won is excellent as 'Ji-Won', the 'main' character around whom the mysterious phone calls centre.
There's nothing more scary than something 'real' and the way an everyday object (a mobile phone) is used to create the terror is very clever. By the end that ring tone sends shivers down the spine!
I like the story too, in that it actually is a story! On occasions, Asian Horror can be to clever for it's own good, but 'Phone' is a neat little yarn which knits itself together nicely. There's some genuine scares along the way and generally there's more than enough to keep the interst gripped.
The climax is very good too and whilst I won't spoil the details, the last half an hour or so doesn't quite go as you expect it to (well,it didn't for me anyway).
Everything is 'just right' with 'Phone' and as with many Korean Horror movies before and subsequent; it's an all round solid film, with very little to fault.
Would happily recommend.
I too am a huge fan of horror but absolutely NO-ONE does horror like these guys. Their movies are truly frightening and so well crafted. The storylines are deep, complex and enthrawling. I have never failed to be stunned by the quality of the acting, SFX, plot-lines and direction. Movies from these stables beat Western efforts hands down. These guys clearly love what they do and put great dedication into producing these movies. One of the main things that contributes to each movie's impact, is that often the storyline is based on a collection of actual events, or based on Japanese folk-lore and superstition.
You will see common threads with Phone if you're are faimiliar with Dark Water, Ring and Grudge: namely the long black hair, staring eyes, deathly white skin, ghosts emerging from the most unexpected of places, spooky evelavator encounters, matted hair coming out of taps and hunched dark figures on the stairs. Oddly, this simplistic way of depicting the ghosts is far more effective than any of the CGI efforts so casually used these days. I have a strong disposition with horror movies and can sit through the goriest offering without being actually spooked. These movies always hit a nerve and I have never since shuffled under my duvet with as great hesitation nor run a bath with such great trepidation!
I had not heard of "Phone" until I spotted it in my local store. Being a fan of the other movies listed above, I bought it in good faith and wasn't let down.
I daren't say anything about the plot as the twists and turns are crucial to your enjoyment.
Suffice it to say that if you have limited space on your shelf for horror DVDs, fill it with Asia Extreme and Tartan Video offerings: they will simply NEVER be equalled.
Oh, and don't what this one alone!
If you love this, definitely catch "The Eye", "Dark Water" and "The Tale of Two Sisters". If you haven't seen Grudge or Ring yet, make sure you do!
Oh, and lastly - a message to Hollywood: Please don't re-make this one, you'll only embarrass yourself!
Fans of early ‘noughties’ Asian and Far Eastern movies will recognise many of the film techniques used here, but
The disc offers play, scene selection, set up [2.0, 5.1 default, DTS, English subtitles on/off] and extras [interviews, making of, deleted scenes, scene commentary, epilogue, tv spot, theatrical trailer and Asia extreme trailers]. Rated 15 this contains some relatively mild swearing, no sex or nudity, but does have some adult themes and some disturbing imagery. Much of the film is intense with a few jump out of the seat moments and some decent plot twists. If you liked the ‘Grudge’, ’Dark Water’ or ‘Ringu’ then this will probably appeal. Be warned, this does have flashing lights throughout the introduction.
When I started watching it I would never have guessed the ending.
What captivated me most was the acting skills of the little girl. What a nasty brat!!!
This is a must have if you are collecting Asian horror movies.