Director: KIM Dong-bin
Starring: JANG Shin-young, SONG Il-kuk, KWAK
RunTime: 1 hr 38 mins
Released By: UIP & Encore Films
Date: 9 June 2005
2004. 07.16 11:50 pm. The last train… Unforgettable
tragedy will begin.
On July 16, 1988, a train accident which drives 100 people
to death occurs. Without finding the cause or the accident,
the case becomes a mystery and soon gets forgotten.
After 16 years of the accident, the last train of the day
is ready to take off at its platform as the rain is pouring.
A train attendant Mi-sun is on board first time at work and
the train leaves its platform as scheduled and rapidly gains
the full speed. All of sudden, it stops for 10 minutes without
any reason, and restarts. However, when it begins to run,
everything is totally different from 10 minutes ago. All she
can see is from the 80’s and old newspaper with the
date written July 16, 1988. Does she see an illusion, or reality?
If this unbelievable scene is reality, where is she indeed?
What happened during the 10 minutes when the train stopped
and where are they headed to?
the story’s focus was on an accident that happened sixteen
years ago, there were too many subplots and characters in
the movie, and the audience were often distracted from the
main schema. Many questions were left unanswered at the end
of the movie, causing mild frustration.
movie was well paced in the beginning with the audience swapping
their focus between the two trains. Interesting characters
were presented and the excitement built with their motives
unknown. However, halfway through the show, the rhythm slowed.
The eeriness dissipated with too many “living”
humans around. The horror scenes were insufficient and inconsistent
to maintain the anticipation and excitement. The ending was
somewhat anti climax as the drama factor stood out stronger.
individual death scenes in the train’s toilet, the child’s
midnight wails and the hand from the blood pool could be considered
as the trepidation highlights. Like the numerous characters,
there seemed to be plenty of ghosts with different intentions
on the train; for revenge,
seeking lost love and family ties. The ghosts took on the
usual form; long and tangled hairs that were in desperate
need for a good conditioner and the ceiling’s spider-crawl.
Though common, they served their purpose well, together with
the two strengths of the movie; the sound and lighting effects.
While the characters did not help to bloom the horror factor,
the sound and lighting effects did some great jobs.
was a lack of character development despite the wonderful
opportunities to manipulate several characters to create stronger
subplots or their possible assistance in the story development.
They were, however, left to end low key. The story was overflowing
with characters and subplots and the supposed attention for
the main character, Mi-sun, was affected.
most Korean horrors, this movie had a story to narrate and
the ghosts did make the scary appearances. After all, the
lady next to me was squirming in her seat and tried to use
laughter to cover up her fear.
by W. Lee