Dead Friend (2004)
"Ryeong" (original title)

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A teenage girl suffering from amnesia discovers that she is somehow connected to a group of people who are being killed off one by one by a vengeful ghost.



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Credited cast:
Min Ji-won
Hye-bin Jeon ...
Eun-seo (as Bin)
Yi Shin ...
Hie-ju Jeon ...
Yun-ji Lee ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ran Choi ...
Su-in's mum
Ju-bong Gi ...
Ji-won's mum
(as Grina Park)
Jin Ryu ...
Park Jun-ho


The teenager Min Ji-won is suffering from amnesia and being haunted by weird visions. When she meets her former high school friend Oh Yu-jeong, she receives a picture of her high school group of friends: Kim Eun-seo, who had recently died; Shin Mi-kyeong, who is in the hospital and Eun-jeong. Ji-won questions who took the picture, and when she visits her former friends, she recalls Han Su-in, a girl that was badly treated and humiliated by their group, disclosing her past and the fate of Su-in and finding a scary hidden truth. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Don't remember... Take it to your grave.




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18 June 2004 (South Korea)  »

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Entertainingly Original and Frequently Scary, Despite Being Riddled with Overused Genre Tropes
20 February 2015 | by (Melbourne, Victoria) – See all my reviews

Everyone is certainly aware of the Japanese Ringu series, one of the first few Asian movies that made audiences terrified of women whose hair was longer than shoulder length. Although South Korea is responsible for making films that continue this particular genre trope, Dead Friend, otherwise titled the Ghost, is the one film that is potentially South Korea's answer to this iconic Japanese franchise. With this in mind, the feature contains in-depth originality that sets it apart from other films, and even when the next horror scene is predicted by the viewership, the film is still capable of surprising us with the unexpected, essentially providing the audience with a satisfying horror film.

Though the explanation regarding why the ghost in question decides to begin extracting its vengeance is only loosely explained, and thus open to interpretation, the plot itself is as unexpected as it is entertaining, providing the viewer with a story that is not only coherent, but has enough suspenseful twists to keep viewers engaged until the end.

Eun-seo (Hye-bin Jeon) is violently attacked by a water bound entity not long after her sister, Eun-jeong (Yun-ji Lee) uses a bunshinsaba with her friends to contact the dead. After this opening, which effectively grasps our attention, the story focuses upon Min Ji-won (Ha-Neul Kim), who has been suffering from amnesia. Her consulting physician makes it known that her condition is beginning to settle, and despite this being cause for celebration in most instances, in this feature, it is quite the opposite.

Haunted by an unidentifiable figure in her dreams, which always has some bizarre connection with water, Ji-won begins a desperate investigation to find the link between the entity whose haunting her, and the memories she has long forgotten, and what's more, how all of it is connected to other young women, haunted by the same faceless terror.

Unlike in films like Memento Mori, where the audience is on the outside looking in, Dead Friend thrusts the viewers right into the thick of the terrifying scenario. The effects are satisfactorily delivered, but it is the depth of character that really benefits the feature, with a collection of sympathetic, vile and enjoyable individuals that make this film such a great experience.

The end of the feature could have been vastly more conclusive, though this is certainly overshadowed by the film's success; after watching this, you will never look at a glass of water the same way again.

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