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Gosa (2008)

Not Rated | | Horror, Thriller | 6 August 2008 (South Korea)
Advanced students who take a special class are being tortured by their class rank.

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Credited cast:
In-sook Choi
Da-Geon ...
Yoon Soo-Jin
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Kim Ji-Won
Sung Jin ...
Bak Woo-Ram
Yi-seul Kang
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Kang Hyun
So-hie Kim
Jeong-hwan Kong ...
Lee Chi-Young
Hyun-Sang Kwon ...
Jae Wook
Beom-su Lee ...
Chang-wook Hwang
Do-hyeoni Lee
Ban-ya Mun ...
Gimg Yeong-Jin
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I-na Kang
Yeo-eun Son
Jiwon Yang ...
Min Hye-Young
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At an exclusive high school in Seoul, examination marks matter and so do parents' social status. To prepare for a visit from students from England, two popular teachers, Mr. Kim and Ms. Choi, gather top pupils for a Saturday study session. Things go awry: one by one, students disappear, dying in grisly ways, sometimes in view of the others via closed circuit TV. A voice on the P.A. system warns of death if anyone tries to leave. The voice also asks questions, and Mr. Kim leads the students in trying to solve them, hoping to save a student. Will the ordeal come to an end, and is the cause rational or supernatural? What's the pattern? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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The directorial debut of Chang, a former MV director. See more »

Crazy Credits

During the beginning of the credits, Jiwon's parents are seen eating ramen noodles and talking as if it is a normal occasion, with Hyeyoung's corpse in the fish tank full of water in the background. See more »

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Battle Royale meets SAW
3 October 2016 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

I watched this movie on a whim without knowing anything about it beforehand, and I was pleasantly surprised at how gory, disturbing and downright entertaining the movie ended up being. The film follows a similar set up to many of the recent Japanese/Korean high school films; Students are locked in a school and picked off one by one by an unseen force. This time, however, the force is asking the brightest and most intelligent students to solve questions in order to save the lives of their peers. It's a great set-up that flows nicely between each act, with some great practical effects and some disturbing and downright horrifying scenes involving the teens. The acting was great all around, save for a few of the students that seemed to not have much experience or didn't take their roles too seriously. And while the movie seemed to get a bit confusing towards the final act, it all came together nicely in a twist that was not only unexpected, but very well executed. My only gripe with this film was that it could have been a bit more graphic with its depiction of death. I wanted to see each person as they were being killed, if only to increase the tension and disturbing element of an already pretty effective set-up. Overall, one of the better South Korean horror films I have seen, and definitely recommended for anyone who enjoys seeing annoying High School kids get their just deserts. A success, as far as I'm concerned.


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