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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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Genuinely creepy See more (63 total) »

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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18 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Genuinely creepy, 7 February 2005
Author: steve_b33 from London

Become a major fan of the Tartan video/Asia Extreme movies of late - from the more better known movies like Ring,Dark Water and Ju-On to the more obscure but equally satisfying films like A Tale of Two Sisters and this Korean movie is another fine example. Ji-Won-Hau plays Ji-Won whose story about several men indulging in under-age sex has resulted in them being sent for trial - she is being stalked by one of them so changes her mobile to avoid his abusive calls.As a consequence she begins to receive even weirder calls that she finds really distressing. One of her friends suggests she moves into the house they are renovating to get some peace which she does but all this does is intensify her fears. Her friend Ho-Jeong(Ju-Me-Kim) has a little girl Yeong-Ju(See-Woo Eun) who answers one of the calls and begins to act very strangely indeed.

At first this is put down to part of growing up but as begins to exhibit hostility to her Mother and an unhealthy obsession with her Father Ji-Won becomes increasingly concerned.Her anxieties are heightened when she discovers that several people who owned the phone before her have died in mysterious circumststances and this seems to be linked to the disappearance of a local schoolgirl - how this all works out I shall leave but its a very effective film. For obvious reasons it has been dubbed as Ring on a mobile ,but although it does share certain elements with that the way the plot works out makes it distinctive on its own. Some very creepy moments but what lifts it is See-Woo-Eun as the little girl who appears to be possessed - its a very disturbing performance - forget Linda Blair and the green vomit - this kid is genuinely scary in ways that kids her age shouldn't be....it takes the film into a new area.....and one that will haunt you for some time.....and you will never listen to Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata in the same way ever again. I can't put my finger on just what makes these Asian movies so effective but with so much dross coming out of mainstream Western cinema these are a haven for people who really appreciate first rate movies.

Highly recommended.

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