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Geoul sokeuro (2003)

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An ex-cop, now working as a security guard in a shopping mall, tries to uncover the secret behind a series of mysterious deaths linked to mirrors.

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Woo Yeong-min
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Heo Hyeon-su
Hye-na Kim ...
Lee Ji-hyeon / Lee Jeong-hyeon
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Jeong Il-seong
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Choi Mi-jeong (as Young-jin Lee)
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After the accidental death of his partner Young-ho in a hostage situation, the former detective of the Seoul Special Operations Force Woo Young-min feels responsible for the tragedy and quit the police force joining the private security company SecuZone. His uncle and owner of the department store Dreampia, Jeon-il Sung, hires Woo to be the chief of the security of Dreampia, which was rebuilt after a fire where many employees died and is near the reopening in spite of the protest of the families of the victims that claim their indemnity. When an employee dies after hours in the store, Woo leads an internal investigation, while detective Ha Hyun-Su that blames Woo for the death of his friend Young-ho, and his assistant Park, come to the store to lead an official investigation. When other employees that worked in the same department are mysteriously killed in the store, Woo meets Lee Ji-hyun, the twin sister of Lee Jeong-hyun, that convinces him that her sister has not died in the fire ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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In the deep night, if you live alone, don't look in the mirror!


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14 August 2003 (South Korea)  »

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Into the Mirror  »

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$52,762 (Hong Kong) (14 May 2004)
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Is included in the Blu-ray of Mirrors 2 (2010) as a bonus disc. See more »

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Near the beginning of the movie, a woman dies when a cut appears on her neck. The cut bisected the jugular vein, therefore the bleeding should have been far more severe than depicted. See more »

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Referenced in Midnight Movie Review: Mirrors 2 (2010) See more »

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Interesting addition to the Korean horror genre
25 June 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

INTO THE MIRROR is an intriguing mix of police procedural and supernatural horror, an unwieldy but effective combination that proved successful enough for Hollywood to attempt a remake (the Kiefer Sutherland-starrer MIRRORS, which upped the gore but lost something in translation in the process). The film's setting is a once-deserted shopping mall, always a choice location for the movies and one that doesn't disappoint here; in places it drips with an eerie, provocative atmosphere.

What I liked most about this movie was the mixing of genres. On one hand there's a serial killer aspect to the murders, which are inventive without being gruesome. Then there's the supernatural touch, which is handled subtly and effectively, particularly in that great twist ending. Finally, there's the police procedural side which dominates most of the running time, and that's interesting too because the cops are humanised.

Ji-tae Yu's former detective Woo, now working as chief of security at the mall, is by far the most interesting of the characters. Although he's saddled with one of those all-too-familiar back stories involving him making a fatal error, the script works well to make him sympathetic and an intriguingly balanced lead. Myung-min Kim's officious detective is well placed as Woo's antagonist and the story that develops is never less than enthralling. A good little movie, this one.


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