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Into the Mirror (2003)
"Geoul sokeuro" (original title)

Not Rated  |   |  Action, Crime, Horror  |  14 August 2003 (South Korea)
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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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Lee Ji-hyeon / Lee Jeong-hyeon
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Jeong Il-seong
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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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$52,762 (Hong Kong) (14 May 2004)

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$77,953 (Hong Kong) (21 May 2004)
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Director, Kim Sung-Ho's debut film. 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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A self-reflective murder mystery.
23 January 2008 | by (Brisbane, Australia) – See all my reviews

This could have been a good story if it had not been a supernatural fantasy. By combining the elements of murder mystery with fantasy, however, means that the viewer has a bigger job in suspending disbelief...

So, why did I keep watching? One reason only: the very clever use of mirrors that form a constant motif – in fact, a psychological sine qua non – throughput the entire film. To that extent, this is a stunner. The camera techniques will have you trying to work out how a particular shot was achieved. So, from a technical aspect, the production crew deserves high marks, no question.

The story, however, is difficult to follow and not only because sub-titles are generally atrocious to follow; it's just a very convoluted narrative that twists and turns along many paths. Fortunately for me, that was alleviated to some extent by the clever visuals.

And, now that I think of it, there's another reason for watching this film: the ending. All through the story, mirrors are the focus – for many important reasons, as you will see – and at the end, there's a twist that hints at much wider implications about the real world and the nature of reality. A bit arty, perhaps, as an ending, but one that does reflect the problem of personal identity. When you watch, you'll see what I mean...

Not recommended for kiddies.


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