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Soyoung Lee (screenplay)
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Release Date:
1 August 2003 (South Korea) See more »
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Do you dare to climb the 29th step?
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A staircase leading to the dormitory of a remote boarding school usually has 28 stairs, but every so often there appears to be 29. When someone steps on the mysterious extra stair, the horror begins Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Disturbing Images Plague Viewers and Characters Alike when Wishes are made on the Stairs See more (25 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Ji-hyo Song ... Yun Jin-seong
Han-byeol Park ... Kim Sohee
An Jo ... Eom Hye-ju
Ji-Yeon Park ... Han Yun-ji
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Su-a Hong
Wu-jin Jang
Ji-min Kwak
Jung-Hee Moon

Directed by
Jae-yeon Yun 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Soyoung Lee  screenplay

Produced by
Eun-mi Ahn .... producer
Jae-hong Kim .... producer
Choon-yeon Lee .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Jeong-min Seo 
 
Film Editing by
Jae-beom Kim 
Sang-beom Kim 
 
Makeup Department
Ji-Yeon Park .... makeup artist
 
Art Department
Yoona Cho .... props
 
Visual Effects by
Jung-hoon Kim .... technical director
 

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Also Known As:
"Yeogo goedam 3: Yeowoo gyedan" - South Korea (original title)
"Whispering Corridors 3: Wishing Stairs" - USA (complete title)
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Rated R for violent and disturbing images
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South Korea:97 min
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Sang-mi Nam was the final candidate for role of Yun Jin-seong.See more »
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Kim So-hie:[to Jin-sung] If you leave now we will never be friends again!See more »
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Follows Whispering Corridors (1998)See more »

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Disturbing Images Plague Viewers and Characters Alike when Wishes are made on the Stairs, 25 January 2015
Author: Derek Childs (totalovrdose) from Melbourne, Victoria

So-hee (Han-byeol Park) is a beautiful and naturally gifted prima ballerina at a South Korean all girls high school, dedicated to the arts, who isn't only sociable and popular, but the envy of many other students, including the chubby and pathetic Eom Hye-ju (An Jo). So-hee's closest friend Jin-seong (Ji-hyo Song) however, is unable to return her compassion. Lacking the same degree of talent, Jin-seong's jealousy and competitive attitude lead her to the wishing stairs, which, as legend has it, will grant those who ascend them, while simultaneously counting, the opportunity to ask for their most heartfelt desire, an unidentifiable spirit known as the Fox providing them their wish if their dedication proves satisfactory.

Dire ramifications await those who use the wishing stairs, with even the best intentioned dreams, once realized, having nightmarish results. Much like the previous installments, Wishing Stairs, the third film in the Whispering Corridors franchise, is a standalone feature, concerning friendship, loyalty, betrayal, jealousy, love, and implied homosexuality. The feature evokes emotions found in the film's predecessor's, including a deep sadness, and despite having a number of good jump scares, the horror exhibited in the feature is often efficaciously conveyed through images, tone and sound.

Similar sounds and scores occur over the duration of the film which prepare audiences for an impending fright, the use of these cinematic tactics been less of a warning, and rather incites dread as the film progresses. The sight of ghosts in this film is far more disturbing than in previous installments, as the once beautiful atmosphere, represented through both the characters and the environment, becomes nefariously dark.

The acting in this film is especially fantastic, and director Jae-yeon Yun's vision for the project accentuates the ambiance of a once neutral location, into a place of unnerving fear. Unlike its predecessors, the characters of Wishing Stairs are not always likable, and can in fact be unsympathetic and repulsive as their actions lead them farther from the audience's appreciation. This is, in part, exaggerated by the violence, which becomes more pronounced as the feature progresses, although never does the film fall into the trap of relying too heavily on this particular content.

Where the last films left the viewer thinking long after the credits were over, Wishing Stairs does not require the same level of attention, exchanging the intellectual conversations that might have occurred after the original features with a sense of ongoing despair. Hardly a nice film, Wishing Stairs reveals how some things are not supposed to be, while some sacrifices are just too great.

If you wish, you can procure this film, Whispering Corridors and Memento Mori in the Ghost School Trilogy, a collection that will prove to be a worthwhile investment.

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