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Whispering Corridors [DVD]

Kang-hei Choi , Gyu-ri Kim , Jin-hie Park    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Kang-hei Choi, Gyu-ri Kim, Min-jeong Kim, Roe-ha Kim, Yu-seok Kim
  • Directors: Jin-hie Park
  • Producers: Sung-heon Moon
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Korean
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Tartan
  • DVD Release Date: 14 Nov 2005
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BH2U8W
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 70,666 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Korean horror. In an exclusive all-girls school, a former pupil returns to start a new job as a teacher and strikes up a friendship with two very different students. But when a teacher is found dead, apparently having committed suicide, circumstances that link the past and the present begin to unveil themselves. As the body count rises, the memories of past deaths begin to call forth a series of ghosts to haunt the corridors of this troubled school.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jin-ju never left 29 Aug 2007
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
School can be hell. So it's a perfect spot for horror movies that focus on the symbolic supernatural problems of teenagers.

In the case of the superb "Whispering Corridors", the setting is a Korean girls' school. While the finale is a bit drippy (literally), director Park Ki-Yong never resorts to gore or cheap scares -- just a lot of creepy visuals, shocking attacks, and a double twist ending that you won't see coming.

As the movie opens, tyrannical Mrs. Park (Jin-hie Park) is making a call to the youngest (and pleasantest) teacher, Eun-Young (Mi-yeon Lee) -- about Eun-Young's best friend Jin-Ju, who died nine years ago. Then she's yanked up by an invisible force, and is found hanged by students the next morning. Eun-Young is left to ponder Park's final words: "She never left."

Soon gruesome events become more commonplace -- student Ji-oh (Gyu-ri Kim) notices a strange bloodstain over her desk, photos are altered, and the student-molesting Mad Dog is savagely murdered. Eun-Young starts sifting through clues -- and the abandoned art shed where Jin-Ju died -- to figure out where the ghost will strike next. But Jin-Ju is far closer than anyone has suspected...

"Whispering Corridors" isn't really a horror movie as much as a ghost movie -- it prefers to creep you out, rather than freak you out. In fact, most of the horror comes from how the students are treated by the callous teachers, to the point where it's hard to get TOO upset when Jin-Ju kills the people who tormented her in life.

That seems to have been Park Ki-Yong's intention, but she doesn't neglect the ghost angle. There are plenty of creepy moments here -- creaky floors, quiet corridors, a man being murdered by a curtain, or a painting of a bloody dead woman.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best 3 Oct 2010
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This first opus in the Horror in High School series (5 movies until now) is a beautiful and often moving ghost tale, neatly filmed and very well served by excellent actresses. Horror fanatics may be disappointed because of the lack of visually frightening effects (though there are some of them), but a wider audience could enjoy this special atmosphere of mystery and a strong plot. Very impressive, highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Korean masterpiece 16 Sep 2010
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I think this movie is one of the best I've ever seen. Very well filmed, enlighted by excellent actresses, it's both frightening and moving, without any excessive effects. Highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not perfect 3 April 2009
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This is one of those films that you really need to watch at least twice to really get the hang of what's going on.
First time I watched it I couldn't get my head round what was going on - and I was actually more shocked by the brutality of the male teacher Mr Oh.
I don't like seeing violence against women or girls, even in movies, and this was just disturbing... but then I suppose that was what the director was wanting to show. Didn't make it easy to watch though.
As for the horror content - it's not a scary film in the slightest.
The ending might be seen as overly sentimental, but I found it very moving.

I don't have many Korean films (I prefer Japanese), but the ones I hava are good, and this is no exception.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly shot 8 Aug 2006
By Inspector Gadget VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
But still falls short in providing a coherent storyline. I have no doubt that this film is more intelligible to those who speak Korean but I was a bit lost at times and couldn't keep up with all the characters.

The story is about the angry ghost of a dead student at an all-girl school who periodically turns up in the guise of someone new...or something. Like I said, it's hard to follow. But the eerie photography and reliance on practical scares make it worthwhile. Far too many horror films these days are too slick and well-polished for their own good. Whispering Corridors features a certain rawness in it's grainy film stock and editing that gives the film a rather unique atmosphere.

The gore isn't terribly excessive, nor is the film extreme in any way. But if you're in need of something different and with a weird edge to it then go for Whispering Corridors. Try hard to keep up though.

The DVD is in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen with Dolby/DTS 5.1 sound.
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I would see how a person would note this film highly while others just see this as a bore. The first time I watched this I feel asleep on it due the time I watch it (my fault it was pass 1:00am). The second round I gave it my all divine attention and thought it was good. The 'Corridors' films are said to examine the trials and tribulations of school life with a supernatural bent. This entry begins with a teacher of a private all-girls school who reveals some mysterious secret that obviously has her nerves on edge. This discovery ultimately leads to her equally weird death: a noose around the neck, her body left hanging from a catwalk in the school courtyard for students to find. A noticeable suicide to some but we full well know it wasn't. From here the horrors of death swiftly turn about-face to the dread of teenage cliques and tyrannical teachers as we meet the artistically-inclined Lim Ji-oh and the restrained, social outcast Youn Jae-yi - two students who develop an unexpected bond that strengthens as more school faculty fall prey to a malevolent ghost. Said specter is lashing out for reasons of revenge and loneliness; left to piece these motivations together is a new teacher absorbed in her own painful memories that may yield some clues as to the origin of the school's supernatural presence.

As far I can see director Park Ki-Hyung film moves at an unhurried pace that if you're not prepared for may knock you out faster than a bottle of Jack chased with some sleeping pills. That's my nice way of saying Corridors is more drama than straight-laced horror. It peers into the classroom door window of teenage relationships and doesn't flinch from some bitter realities. The girls here get catty, sometimes outright vicious, to their school chums.
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