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Director:
Writer:
Kim Jee-woon (screenplay)
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Release Date:
13 June 2003 (South Korea) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Our sorrow was conceived long before our birth See more »
Plot:
A family is haunted by the tragedies of deaths within the family. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
15 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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See this masterpiece before Hollywood destroys it. See more (227 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Kap-su Kim ... Bae Moo-hyeon (Father)

Jung-ah Yum ... Eun-joo (Stepmother)
Su-jeong Lim ... Bae Soo-mi (Janghwa)

Geun-young Moon ... Bae Soo-yeon (Hongryeon)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Seung-bi Lee ... Mi-hee
Park Mi-Hyun ... Mrs, Bae (Su-mi's and Su-yeon's Mother)

Directed by
Kim Jee-woon 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Kim Jee-woon  screenplay

Produced by
Jae-Won Choi .... executive producer
Jeong-wan Oh .... producer
Jung-Wan Oh .... executive producer
Ki-min Oh .... producer (as Oh Gi-Min)
 
Original Music by
Byung-woo Lee 
 
Cinematography by
Mo-gae Lee 
 
Film Editing by
Hyeon-mi Lee 
 
Art Direction by
Geun-hyeon Jo 
 
Costume Design by
Soo-Kyung Ok 
 
Visual Effects by
Wook Kim .... visual effects supervisor
 
Other crew
Alex Panagakis .... publicist
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Janghwa, Hongryeon" - South Korea (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for some violence and disturbing images
Runtime:
Korea:115 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:MA | Australia:R (DVD rating) | Brazil:12 | Canada:14A (Alberta/Manitoba) | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-18 (self applied) | France:-12 | Germany:16 | Hong Kong:IIB | Ireland:16 (original rating) | Ireland:18 (re-rating) (2005) | Japan:PG-12 | Malaysia:U (re-rating) | Malaysia:18SG (uncut version) | Mexico:B15 | New Zealand:R13 | Peru:18 | Philippines:PG-13 | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:12 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | USA:R

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Su-jeong Lim, who played Su-mi originally auditioned for the role of Su-yeon.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In the hospital scenes, there is no scar on the back of Su-mi's hand.See more »
Quotes:
Eun-ju:There's something strange in this house.See more »
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FAQ

Is this based on a novel?
Who are the ghosts that keep appearing around the house? (I.E. from under the sink, the window, etc.) Also explain their presence in the film.
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150 out of 188 people found the following review useful.
See this masterpiece before Hollywood destroys it., 17 January 2005
Author: simonmills47 from Chester, England

The recent history of Hollywood remakes of ghost/horror films from the East has been dismal. This film will inevitably suffer the same fate, so get a copy on e-bay or similar.

It is well photographed and the sound is superb. Viewing on a good screen and with a good 5.1 or DTS enabled sound system is recommended. Obviously it is subtitled, so if that puts you off, then I wouldn't bother with this. Dubbing rarely works and simply would not do here.

It is also genuinely frightening, with excellent performances from a cast who will be unfamiliar to Western audiences. I would particularly single out the stepmother character, who was utterly brilliant. The ending will have you wanting to watch it again, if you can cope. The plot is relentless, and offers no comforting moments of release along the way.

If I do have a small criticism, there is perhaps a detectable influence in certain scenes from the Japanese version of The Ring. We have, however, accepted straight copies of other peoples' ideas for Western films for years, and so my point is a limited one which did not prevent me from giving it 10/10. I believe most fans of this genre will derive huge "pleasure" from this film which I for one hope goes down as a classic.

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