In Korean with English & Chinese subtitles
Director: Jeong Beom-sik, Jeong Sik
Cast: KIM Tae-woo, KIM Bo-kyung, JIN Goo,
Runtime: 1 hr 38 mins
Released By: Encore Films
Rating: NC-16 (Some Disturbing Scenes)
Official Website: www.encorefilms.com/lastbreath
Opening Day: 18 Oct 2007
In a modern hospital in 1941, doctors witness weird tales
and learn DEATH is the sole healer. Jung-Name,
future son-in-law of the hospital director, takes night duty
at the morgue. On his very first day at the morgue, a corpse
of beautiful teenager girl who committed suicide awaits him.
And her extraordinary beauty and her story behind the suicide
throw Jung-Name into confusion. While spending the night with
the corpse, Jung-Name encounters his destiny against stunning
the meantime, a little girl, Asako, covered in blood is carried
into the emergency room. Oddly
enough, she is the only survivor in a deadly car accident
without any physical damage. A psychiatrist, Soo-In, conducts
hypnosis to find out the torments Asako went through in order
to set her free from a pang of guilt.
across these two odd stories, a married couple doctors, Dong-Won
and In-Young return to the hospital from Tokyo and unceasing
serial murders linger around them. One night, Dong-Won follows
In-Young who gets out of bed at midnight and witnesses the
serial killings. This incident brings on unexpected agony
of the past for this couple …
Last Breath is a series of 3 tales of romantic tragedies in
life's final moments with ghastly twist and turns. The pitfalls
of this movie lies in it's slow pace, rather unnecessary confusion
and unnecessary weak link among the three tales. The visual
graphic was unevenly done in it's production as some parts
was wondrous and some were glaring bad that it actually detract
viewers from the story. Otherwise it could have potential
to left the viewers with a stronger impression of these three
haunting love stories.
the last breath under the horror genre is not exactly right.
It's more in line with the romance genre with a unhealthy
focus on the undying type of love. Since The Last breaths
is segmented into 3 such stories and let’s review each
of them individually.
segment comprises of the start and the end of the whole movie.
It begins with the hospital director, Jung-Name recounting
events that occurred back in 1941 when he was just an intern
at the morgue. He was betrothed to the director's daughter
but was strangely attracted to a corpse of a beautiful teenager
girl who committed suicide.
In a movie
that had similar theme to the weirdness of twilight zone,
this segment packs the most bizarre revelation in this movie.
However, the whole process took such a long time to unravel
with very few scary moments that it seems that this whole
movie is anti-scariness and pro long draggyness. While it
might be fine for those who purchased the ticket for a drama
genre type of movie, those who came to be spook might just
nod off at the beautifully but overwhelming slow and tiresome
the first story come to a pause, the pace of the movie took
a sharp turn. If the first tale was low on scares, the second
one went overdrive to spook the viewers.
second tale, we are treated to the little girl, Asako's horrific
experience of staying in a hospital after a terrible accident
that took away her parents' lives. While the haunting seems
scary and bizarre, if one understand motivation among characters
and family love in cinematic sense, it's not that difficult
to get underneath the fright mechanisation to see what's driving
the scary nightmares in the hospital. It could easily be the
scariest tale of trio but the biggest draw in this segment
is the presentation of the strong parental love between mother
and a daughter.
this segment was the unnecessary additional twist of fate
for the little girl’s psychiatrist, Soo-In. The essence
of the second tale was already effectively translated from
the screen to the audience and it wasn’t necessary to
drag the audience through another round of gruesome mayhem.
continues to the final story in The Last Breath which denoted
the misadventure of the married couple doctors, Dong-Won and
In-Young. The young married couple had just return from their
Avant-Garde brain operation from Japan and when they return
back to Korea, a series of killings targeted the Japanese
soldiers occupying in Korea.
to the second segment, the third segment overdose with twisted
revelation on top of another. It felt that the storyteller
was desperately trying to elevate this average tale to something
more memorable but it backfires instead.
utilized one of the most interesting cinematography way of
capturing shadow but it’s also has one of the most glaring
use of computer generated effect which made some of the shadow
effect look fake and cheap.
problem it had was how it tried to link this three different
horror tales together in a jigsaw puzzle manner. While some
films was able to do it effectively like Crazy Stone where
it successfully show how one person’s seemly innocent
action would affect another persona greatly, The Last Breath
simply lack the fineness to do so. It will make the non passive
viewers to try to figure out what's the point of linking these
segments together and the result would be a disappointing
this film was actually good enough on it’s own without
the disguise as a horror genre and trying too hard in its
multiple endings or linkage. It’s a pity as it had potential
in its set production, characters, story and cast.
(Slow unnecessary confusing and unnecessary weak link with
unevenly visual production detrack from a potential strong
stories of romantic horror anthology)
Review by Richard Lim Jr