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Witch Board (Bunshinsaba)

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From The director of PHONE and NIGHTARE. Picked on in her new school yoo-jin gets some of the other tormented classmates together to put a curse on the cruel POPULAR crowed. They use an automatic writing game to connect with the spirits, later the girls who picked on yoo-jin begin to die. Yoo-Jin finds there is a price for revenge, when her friends start bursting into flames, the school is cursed! Now each day onother victim bursts into flames...can yoo-jin escape the terrible fate she brought on herself?

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  • Actors: Choi Jeong-yun, Choi Seong-min, Kim Gyu-ri, Lee Se-eun, Lee Yuri
  • Directors: Ahn Byeong-ju, Ahn Byung-Ki
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dubbed, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled
  • Language: Korean, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Tokyo Shock
  • DVD Release Date: May 30, 2006
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000CSTKHO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #234,325 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Ernest Jagger on January 29, 2007
Format: DVD
I picked up this DVD, "Bunshinsaba," along with about 14 other Korean and Japanese DVDs a few years ago when one of the Asian Video stores where I lived was relocating and having a bargain sale. All were new and in packaging: And since I never saw any of these horror films, and the price was great, I decided to purchase them. I don't regret it one bit. This is a very good film. I have seen my share of Korean and Japanese horror films, and think that the director, Byeong-ki Ahn, who also directed Nightmare [aka: Gawi] and "Phone" did an excellent job with this film. First of all, it was very different from many in the horror genre in terms of suspense and creepiness.

Some of my friends do not particularly care for this film, therefore, I would suggest you rent the film first. But I do think it is well worth the purchase. And although there are similar traits in this film as with other Asian horror films, this does not detract from the film one bit: due to the fact that this film is very well acted and directed. There is not too much scare factor in this film, [although it does have its share] as much as there is suspense. The film begins with a bullied classmate at an all-girls school named Lee Yu-jin (Se-eun Lee). Being fed up with the constant harassment, she decides to put a curse on the other girls who are picking on her. Moreover, two of her friends participate in this activity. They make a special numberboard; and after chanting the name 'Bunshinsaba' a few times, the curse is in effect.

The girls who were picking on them begin to die. A sort of self-suicide, as each student sets themselves on fire on different days. As these students begin to die one by one, the film veers towards another area at the school: The administration.
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Bunshinsaba, or Witch Board, follows Yoo-Jin and her friends after they set a curse on their bullies. During the Bunshinsaba curse, Yoo-Jin opens her eyes, despite giving the warning herself, causing the ghost to possess her. It's a bit more complicated, but for the sake of this review's length I'll leave it a that. Bunshinsaba is a spooky ghost vengeance tale.

The story is very creepy and effective, using jump-scares, tension, and disturbing imagery wisely. It does have a rough start, but eventually smoothens out and becomes easier to follow. It's consistent, as in it's a balanced story that doesn't solely rely on one type of scare and it moves at an acceptable pace. The ending of the film was also creepy. It really is a scary film, although it is similar to other ghost-revenge stories from the region. The acting was great, and so was the music. The visual effects/make-up was also creepy and effective.

Overall, Bunshinsaba is a creepy supernatural horror film, with great jump-scares and eerily disturbing imagery. I recommend a purchase for fans of horror, and a rental otherwise.

Bunshinsaba has strong violence and blood.
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The movie was great but, the packaging and dvd itself was terrible. The packaging was torn as if someone had ripped into it and the dvd settings for the movie were inconsistent. I had to watch the movie on mute. I couldn't turn the commentary off and have english subtitles on at the same time. I spent about an hour fiddling with the settings and nothing changed sadly. I had the same result continuously.

Aside from the packaging and settings, I throroughly enjoyed the movie. The story was cohesive, easy to follow and very entertaining. It was not scary in my opinion. I think the original Evil Dead is scarier than this movie. It was more of a supernatural or suspense movie rather than a horror film. I would purchase this movie again because I enjoyed it. I would just recommend purchasing this movie from but from another vendor.
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The acting is really good and in this dubbed version the voice acting is great, there is only one girl who’s voice seems a bit off. Witch board is a story of the typical “bully and the misfit”. A young girl is shy and happens to be new at a school in a mountain village, so she becomes the prime target for a click of social queens who decide to bully her at school, after school, and on random encounters around the village. It just so happens that a similar incident happened in the town many years ago that led up to the mysterious death of a girl that use to go to school there. The new girl gets tired of all the crap and decides to call upon a curse. The curse once invoked will punish all the people who’s names are on the “Bunshinsaba” by slow-painful death. The ghost is creepy, but don’t expect a huge scare and scream viewing. The story has a mystery that is unraveled, the story is creepy, but not full of gore. A nice haunting tale that will give you that eerie feeling without causing night mares.
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I liked this film. It kept my attention, and the plot wasn't as confusing as other Asian films. "Bunshinsaba," however, is just like most of the Asian films circling around today. The CREEPINESS (not so much the plot) is very similar to "The Ring," and the "The Grudge," amoung others. But it works! No matter how many times I see movies with a female ghost and long black hair in her face, who walks funny and suddenly appears right behind you--- it still freaks me out! I also enjoyed the film, because although it is horror, it was also very sad.
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