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Release Date:
26 July 2002 (South Korea) See more »
Tagline:
The Last Call You'll Ever Get ...
Plot:
After writing a series of articles about pedophilia, the journalist Ji-won receives threatening calls on her cellular and she changes her number... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Ji-won Ha ... Ji-won
Yu-mi Kim ... Ho-jeong
Woo-jae Choi ... Chang-hoon
Ji-yeon Choi ... Jin-hie
Seo-woo Eun ... Yeong-ju
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Jeong-yun Choi ... Woman in elevator
Seong-hwan Jeong
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Directed by
Byeong-ki Ahn 
 
Original Music by
Sang-ho Lee 
 
Cinematography by
Yong-shik Mun 
 
Production Design by
Yo-han Lee 
 

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Also Known As:
"Pon" - South Korea (original title)
"Voice" - Japan (English title)
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Rated R for violence/disturbing images and some sexual material
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Japan:100 min | Italy:102 min | South Korea:104 min
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17 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
VERY Good!, 4 February 2005
Author: Gafke from United States

Ji-Won is a young and ambitious reporter, whose recent articles about underage sex rings have made her more than a few enemies. When she begins receiving threatening calls on her mobile phone, she changes the number and moves into the house that her sister and brother-in-law are currently not using. On an excursion with her sister and young niece one day, Ji- Won's phone begins to ring. When her niece Young-Ju answers it, she begins screaming and crying hysterically. At first, Ji-Won thinks perhaps one of her stalkers got her new number, but when she answers the phone herself the next time, she hears the enraged voice of a teenage girl, screaming incoherently. Ji-Won begins suffering from horrific and realistic nightmares, in which a young girl with a ghost white face and very long hair plays Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata" ceaselessly on the piano. Worse, Ji-Won's young niece Young-Ju has begun acting very oddly since answering her phone. The girl (who looks to be about 5) becomes fixated on her father and resentful of her mother. The normally angelic child is having violent outbursts of rage, cussing and injuring herself. Ji-Won soon becomes convinced that a ghost is to blame. When she traces her new mobile number back to the two previous owners, she discovers that they both died under strange circumstances. As Ji-Won digs deeper into the past, she slowly unravels the story of a disturbed schoolgirl named Jin-Hee and her obsessive love for a mystery man..a man who was given the now infamous mobile number by Jin-Hee herself.

This Korean ghost story bears similarities to its popular Japanese predecessor "Ringu" but also to other such films as "Memento Mori" "Dark Water" "What Lies Beneath" and "The Exorcist." It is a strong, well-cast film with some amazing performances, particularly by the little girl who plays Young-Ju. It is amazing to see this girl, who couldn't have been more than five or six when she did this film, play her role of possessed victim so well, her facial expressions shifting rapidly with every violent mood swing. The story can be dizzily confusing at times, shifting back and forth from past to present with no warning, but always infused with a strong sense of dread and a few humorous moments to ease the tension. It also has a nice twist ending that I truly hadn't seen coming. This is probably one of the better films that followed in the wake of Ringu's success. Ringu is still my own personal favorite, but Phone is strong enough to stand on its own. Fans of Asian horror will not want to miss this one.

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