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Death Bell (2008)
"Gosa" (original title)

Not Rated  |   |  Horror, Thriller  |  6 August 2008 (South Korea)
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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
Eun-jeong Ham ...
Kim Ji-Won
Sung Jin ...
Bak Woo-Ram
Yi-seul Kang
Bum Kim ...
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
Gyu-ri Nam ...
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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Compared to the other actors that played the students, actress and K-pop singer Ham Eunjung was more relatively experienced in acting; she began her acting debut at the age of seven. Shortly after that, she as well as fellow actress and current Spica member Yang Jiwon became members of the K-pop group T-ara, but Yang Jiwon dropped out of the company before the debut. See more »

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"Saw" set in a Seoul School …
1 August 2009 | by (the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls) – See all my reviews

Meanwhile it's been more than three months since I watched "Death Bell" at the Belgian Festival of Fantastic Films, but for some reason it must have escaped everyone's attention here at IMDb, because the film didn't receive its very own page until now. Since it's been quite long, and since I watched a whole lot of other crap in the meantime, I'm glad I took some notes and wrote down impressions after seeing the film, otherwise I'm afraid I wouldn't have remembered that much. By that I certainly don't mean that "Death Bell" is a bad film. Quite the contrary, it's a very amusing horror flick with exhilarating gore and a dazzling fast pace. Originality, however, isn't the film's biggest trump as it borrows plot ideas and stylistic elements from various other and more famous horror movies. "Death Bell" somewhat describes itself as "Saw" meets "Battle Royale", with a bunch of high school students and their teachers desperately trying to escape the imaginative death traps of a maniacal killer. Twenty of the most intelligent, but also sickly competitive and pompous students of a prominent Seoul high school attend a special exam held on a Saturday. Suddenly classical music plays through the speakers and the television monitor displays images of one missing student trapped in an aquarium slowly filling up with water. The exits are sealed, the contact with the outside world is cut off and the group finds themselves subjected to the lethal and perverted games of a deranged killer. But who is he and what are his motives?

Co-writer and director Chang (who was a guest at the festival and appears to be incredibly young) has obviously watched and studied a whole lot of contemporary popular horror movies and knows exactly what it takes to please a large crowd of fans. The death traps are complex and implausible – like the ones in all the "Saw" movies – but they definitely guarantee extended moments of suspense and a lot of gruesome bloodshed. The make-up and sound effects are fantastic, so if you have the opportunity to see this film in a theater or with luxurious home cinema equipment, you definitely will be overwhelmed. The characters are typical Asian high school students; like they appear in numerous movies, but the film does it best to provide as many backgrounds and little personality details that are also relevant. Considering the subject matter, and exactly like "Saw", the script is often incoherent and extremely implausible (example: how could one individual plan such a hi- tech and accurate large-scaled massacre) but you easily are willing to overlook that thanks to the entertainment value. The identity of the killer and his reasons are quite predictable as well, but then again, this is a film that primarily relies on inventive shocks and outrageous gore.


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