Director: JEONG Yong-Ki
Starring: LIM Eun-Kyeong, KIM Yu-mi
Released By: Encore Films & UIP
Date: 28 October 2004
sophisticated sculptor, Hemi, and 4 other people are invited
to a gallery of dolls. They are excited to pose to be a doll
model. Superintendent, Mr. Choi, and Jae-won, a doll-maker,
are the hosts who invite them to this gallery.
gallery is in the beautiful forest, and the surrounding is
just like fairy tales, but there are some uneasy things to
enjoy themselves. The superintendent is hiding something from
them. The doll maker Jae-won, who's helped by a wheel chair
doesn't come out of her workroom. Hemi meets Mina, a mysterious
girl who says she has known Hemi for years.
strange noises at night…and the dolls seem to keep an
eye on the every movement the guests are making as if they
were real human beings.
impression of this film reminds one of Child’s Play.
Chances are most people will pass this for some Hollywood
remakes of a Japanese horror movie that happen to be in the
cinema now. And well, "The Doll Master" is surprisingly
one hell of a ride!
Korean horror movie is much better than the previous Korean
import ‘Bunshinsaba: Ouija Board’. Even though
both have the same theme: Revenge. But the formal contain
more suspenseful scenes that will leave you at the edge of
your seat. And that is the idea of a horror movie, the ability
to scare the living daylight out of the audience irregardless
of how lame the plot is. The plot isn’t lame by the
way but neither is it original.
course it would be pointless to explain every single detail
of the story or the fact that the movie is filled with plot
holes [which films don’t?]. But "Doll Master"
is a great fright feast. And if you just want a good fright
to end the day, this is a good one!
best way to sum this movie up is "Toy Story" meets
"Child’s Play" meets "Waxwork".
is going to be one strong contender for the best horror movie
of 2004. Forget "Exorcist: The Beginning", "The
Grudge" and "Bunshinsaba: Ouija Board". Till
‘Shutter’ or ‘SAW’ opens, "The
Doll Master" is highly recommend to all horror fans.
On a side note, Dimension Films has bought the original and
remake rights. Another Hollywood remake is on it's way.
then, you will dig out your old toys and apologize to them
after watching this movie.
Review by our columnist, StoneApe