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Director: Equan Choe
Starring: Seo Ji-Hye, Kim Ok-bin, Cha Ye-ryun, Kim Seo-Hyung
Rating: NC-16
Year Made: 2005




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Languages: Korean
Subtitles: English/Chinese
Aspect Ratio: 4x3 Letterbox
Sound: Korean Dolby Digital 2.0
Running Time: 1 hr 45 mins
Region Code: 3
Distributor: Comstar Entertainment




The latest instalment in the WISHING STAIRS K-horror series set in an all-girls school. One day, a quiet but talented singer student named Young-eon gets killed by a mysterious voice. Soon after her disappearance, her best friend, Sun-min starts to hear her voice. Frightened at first, Sun-min tries to help her friend. But she is not the only one who hears Young-eon’s voice. Cho-ah, another student who can hear the dead since her childhood, claims she also hears Young-eon’s voice… and someone else’s…


Screenplay writer and director Equan Choe has delivered more than just a horror Korean movie on the reels, set in an all-girls school. Although its genre is labeled as horror, “Voice” is definitely not excessive in the gore department, thankfully. In fact, not much, except for a few really bloody scenes. It has differentiated itself from the common staple of horror movies by a degree of towards being better due to its attempt to explain why the living sometimes hears the voices of their closed, dead kins.

In the movie, Seon-Min (Seo Ji-Hye) begins to hear the voice of her best friend and classmate, Young-eon (Kim Ok- Bin), who has mysteriously absent from school. And yes, only Seon-Min can hear it. She is the last to see her alive in school after Young-eon has decided to stay behind alone to practice her solo singing gig. Later, it turns out that the class loner, Cho-Ah (Cha Ye-Ryun), shunned by the rest, has the ability to hear voices of the dead. She believes in Seon-Min because she too hears it but warns Seon-Min.

Nevertheless, Seon-Min inevitably becomes the only person for whom Young-eon can rely on to discover who has killed her and for what reasons. Seon-Min is her last desperate hope. Soon, their surface tension is actually hiding something that is lurking underneath. As things get complicated with another mysterious suicide and other incidents, these really test the audience’s imagination and swiftness whether they can relate everything together to solve the puzzle. The back story in the movie for the killer’s motive adds on to the suspense effectiveness. Nothing that is apparently seen is near to the bare thread truth. More than meets the eye. Can an individual’s intense personal desire to see only her good self, disillusioned everyone including herself?

The trio, (Seo Ji-Hye, Kim Ok-Bin and Cha Ye-Ryun), are not just mere eye candy but can really act well.

Horror movies with minimized, non-repetitive senselessly brutal killings like Voice are appreciated. A mere tinge of lesbianism among the characters is being vaguely explored but pitifully, it is neither thoroughly explained nor confirmed at the end.

It is refreshing to see that red color, instead of the eerie green commonly favored by horror movies, is our color theme here. There is a reason, perhaps to convey the message of the oblivious vehement anger. A few frightening scenes to note of here but perhaps might not be of sufficient adrenaline to those hardcore horror fans.





The sound outputs from the Dolby Digital 2.0 are passable, though not the best choice to bring out the creepy sound effects.

Presented in 4x3 letterbox widescreen format. "Voice" is shot with a reddish feel. Images are clear and crisp without any visible trace of defects.



Review by Alicia Tee



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