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21 June 2007 (South Korea) See more »
Jun-oh, an insurance claims agent, faces off with a client who he suspects of committing murders with the intention of collecting insurance premiums. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Su-han Choi

Jung-min Hwang ... Jun-oh (as Jeong-min Hwang)
In-gi Jeong
Shin-il Kang ... Chung-bae
Seo-hyeong Kim ... Mi-na
Ji-young Moon
Seung-mok Yoo

Seon Yu ... Yi-hwa

Directed by
Terra Shin 
Writing credits
Yûsuke Kishi (novel)

Young-jong Lee (screenplay)

Sung-ho Kim 
Yeong-jong Lee 

Produced by
Joo-Sung Kim .... executive producer
Original Music by
Seung-hyun Choi 
Cinematography by
Ju-young Choi 
Film Editing by
Na-young Nam 
Art Direction by
Hwa-sung Cho 
Sound Department
Amedeo Malagia .... dubbing editor
Visual Effects by
Jeong Jaehoon .... visual effects artist

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Also Known As:
"Geomeun jip" - South Korea (original title)
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104 min
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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4 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
The perfect example of a Hollywood imitation, 26 October 2008
Author: Thomas_Neville_Servo from United States

By the title of my review, you might think I would chide films for imitating Hollywood out of some sort of reverence for the latter, but that couldn't be farther from the truth as Black House's imitation is its ultimate downfall. Being a fan of Korean cinema and having seen the original film (Kuroi Ie from Japan), I was disappointed to find that director Shin Terra basically removed the deeper aspects of psychology from the story and chose instead to focus on developing the plot along in the most basic of manners.

At the beginning of the film, insurance agent Jun-oh is drawn into a complex web of death, dismemberment, and deceit as he suspects the apparent suicide of a client's son was not suicide at all. What would seem like simple insurance fraud grows into something much more sinister as Jun-oh encounters a true psychopath. But where the film goes wrong is in focusing on Jun-oh and his generic, last-minute back story rather than on the nature of a psychopath. Let's face it, Jun-oh the character is not interesting in the least. He goes through no changes throughout the film and his immovable belief in humanity at the end of the film is all the more laughable and ridiculous after the graphic horrors he witnesses. Sure, as you say, the killer is just like you. They just like to rip the heads off of dogs and cut people into little pieces. But they're just like you. Where Kuroi Ie goes right in this aspect is first depicting the psychopath from the very beginning of the film. You know who you're dealing with, so the whole movie carries a tense atmosphere. Black House, on the other hand, chooses to go the red herring route with an oh-so-obvious red herring and oh-so-obvious culprit. The ultimate revelation for Jun-oh is neither surprising nor shocking. Kuroi Ie scores here in a second manner by depicting the psychopath with a true disconnect, a real sense of going through life without a care, rather than as a bland and boring caricature TRYING to act like a psychopath.

In the end, Black House tries to differentiate itself from the stale output of vengeful ghost films, but it falls instead into the generic thriller camp. Too stupid to be scary, and too boring to be intelligent. Couple all that with a cheesy, tacked-on ending about the cycle of violence and you've got yourself the worst kind of film - one that thinks its being artsy.

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