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Cello (2005)
"Chello hongmijoo ilga salinsagan" (original title)

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The cellist and teacher Mi-Ju Hong is invited by her colleague and friend Sun-Ae to assume the position of professor in her renowned institution, and gives an invitation to the concert of Hae-Young Kim, the little sister of her former school best friend Tae-Yeon Kim who died in a car accident. Before leaving the building, she is threatened by a former student that failed in her test. While driving home, she escapes from an accident on the road and once at home, she has a surprise birthday party with her husband and prosecutor Jun-Ki, her daughters the slow Yoon-Jin and the young Yoon-Hye Song, and her sister-in-law Kyung Ran, whose fiancée is in Manhattan in a MBA course. On the next morning, her husband hires the dumb housekeeper Ji-Sook, a very weird woman. While shopping with Yoon-Jin, the girl is fascinated in a cello and Mi-Ju buys the instrument. After the mysterious death of her dog Sunny, creepy events happen with Mi-Ju, jeopardizing her family, while she insistently listens ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Korean slice of supernatural horror misses the mark
12 October 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

In which a haunted cello wreaks havoc amongst a young family, or does it? I was looking forward to watching a film about a haunted musical instrument, but it turns out that the titular cello plays little part in the movie itself, and neither does music. Instead, CELLO strives to be an eerie supernatural horror film in the tradition of THE GRUDGE and others like it, depicting a family at the mercy of a ghost. However, it's a film which lacks the courage of its convictions. The storyline alternates between slow, drawn-out scenes and muddled moments in which key plot points are either bypassed or skipped through. And its cardinal sin is to throw up an excruciating plot twist at the finale which turns everything on its head in a bad way; one of those twists you invariably feel cheated by rather than in awe of.

I found the plotting in this film to be slow and predictable. There's a fatal car crash which plays out in the most typical way imaginable, and lots of would-be attempts at spookiness with taciturn young girls and CGI spirits jumping out of corners. None of them provoke the slightest shudder. The main actress, Hyeon-a Seong, fails to convince in her role as a wife and mother who's either haunted by a vengeful spirit or going out of her mind; I didn't buy her predicament for a second, and her attempts at conveying fear are rather pitiful.

The scare scenes are rather silly with one death in particular ending up laugh-out-loud rather than frightening. And the director's lack of experience shows: Woo-cheol Lee only ever made this one film, and he doesn't have a clue about building suspense or finding the right pace. The resultant film is boring and way too familiar for anyone with the slightest experience of Asian horror cinema.


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