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Byeong-ki Ahn
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Release Date:
29 July 2000 (South Korea) See more »
Everyone is going to die
Seven friends will die one by one for protecting a terrible secret. Can a vengeful spirit be stopped? Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Korea's answer to PROM NIGHT See more (21 total) »


  (in credits order)
Gyu-ri Kim ... Hye-jin

Ji-won Ha ... Eun-ju
Jeong-yun Choi ... Seon-ae

Ji-tae Yu ... Hyun-jun

Joon-sang Yoo ... Jeong-ok
Jun Jeong ... Se-hun
Hye-yeong Jo ... Mi-ryeong
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Su-jin Jang

Directed by
Byeong-ki Ahn 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Byeong-ki Ahn 
Brian O'Hara  script adaptation

Produced by
Hyeong-wook Goh .... producer
Seung Bum Kim .... executive producer
Stanley Kim .... producer
Min-ho Lee .... producer
Seong-jim Mun .... executive producer
Original Music by
Tae-beom Lee 
Cinematography by
Seok-hyeon Lee 
Film Editing by
Yong-soo Kim 
Production Design by
Seong-weon Jo 
Sound Department
Young-kon Kim .... sound designer
Visual Effects by
Seongho Jang .... visual effects supervisor: Mofac Studio

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Gawi" - South Korea (original title)
"Gawi: The Nightmare" - Philippines (English title)
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97 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »

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2 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Korea's answer to PROM NIGHT, 17 June 2003
Author: Jordan from London, UK

The story premise isn't new: three years after a group of college friends drive a girl with Sadako-like powers to kill herself, they all start dying violent deaths. What's unclear until the final act is whether the spirit of the deceased girl has come back to wreak her revenge, or whether one of the group has cracked up and is committing the murders themselves.

Fans of Korean cinema may remember lead actress Gyu-ri Kim as the Jessica Alba lookalike in "Whispering Corridors" (aka Yeogo Goedam) and she turns in another fantastic performance here. All of the cast members do, in fact - with Ji-won Ha as the Sadako-like girl mentioned above particularly impressive in the flashback scenes. Director/Writer Byeong-ki Ahn, who went on to direct "Phone" in 2002, shows a competent hand at direction with a few excellent set pieces and some genuinely spine-tingling suspense. If you manage to avoid jumping at least three times during this film, you're a braver soul than I!

NIGHTMARE's shortcomings come in the plot department, with a few plot holes and convoluted story strands making it hard to follow at times. You're also not sure whether it's a slasher pic or a ghost story - but that's intentional, I suppose! Watch out for the final twist at the very end - it completely turns the rest of the film on its head - which, although out of the blue, at least leaves the viewer in no doubt as to what's happened.

Had this been a little easier to follow throughout, NIGHTMARE would be getting my highest recommendation of 5 stars. As it is, though, fans of Asian horror shouldn't be disappointed and - although it's no RINGU or THE EYE - there's plenty to keep the average horror fan entertained. ***.5 / *****

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