In this second installment of the Whispering Corridors series, a young girl finds a strange diary, capable of arousing hallucinations, kept by two of her senior fellow-students who seem to have an unusually close bond.
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Credited cast:
Gyu-ri Kim ... Min-ah (as Min-sun Kim)
Park Yejin ... Hyo-shin
Yeong-jin Lee Yeong-jin Lee ... Shi-eun (as Young-jin Lee)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jong-hak Baek Jong-hak Baek ... Mr. Goh
Min Han Min Han
Seung-Yeon Han Seung-Yeon Han
Kong Hyo-Jin ... Ji-won (as Hyo-jin Kong)
Jae-in Kim Jae-in Kim ... Yeon-an (as Min-hie Kim)
Hye-Ju Ku Hye-Ju Ku ... Athletics Captain
Hye-mi Lee Hye-mi Lee
Seong-Eon Lim Seong-Eon Lim
Ji-Yeon Park Ji-Yeon Park
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Min-Ah finds a strange diary, capable of arousing hallucinations, kept by two of her senior fellow-students, Hyo-Shin and Shi-Eun, who seem to have an unusually close bond. But Hyo-Shin suddenly kills herself, for no obvious reason, and the entire school is shocked and depressed. Min-Ah, however, starts to feel different. It's almost as if she's somehow possessed by the dead girl... Written by Anonymous

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Based on a shocking true story that happened inside a haunted school for girls in Korea. See more »

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Horror | Romance | Drama

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Rated R for language, some violence and sexual content | See all certifications »
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The directors prefer the English title "Memento Mori". See more »

Quotes

Hyo-shin: The first kiss, like the smell of apples? On your lips I've smelled the blood, that touches my tongue.
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Followed by Wishing Stairs (2003) See more »

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I don't know why I love it so much, but I do.
23 September 2001 | by supernova88See all my reviews

I have seen Memento Mori twice at the Melbourne International Film Festival and I think it's a very good film. My first impression of it was that it's quite like Virgin Suicides meets Carrie. And i maintain that it weaves between the romance and horror genres very effectively. I have not seen the original Yeogo Goedam but i assume it was more of a straight horror.

Because of it's genre crossing, Memento Mori adds to the horror theme of Shi-eun's return a sadness and tenderness that coagulates very strangely, but effectively with the terror-filled images of Shi-eun's body on the ground, and her haunting of the school. I really like the love story, but i see it as a horror film about adolescent love.

I had the privilege to speak to one of the directors, Kyu-Dong Min at the festival, and he said the film was supposed to tap into the horror of being an adolescent. Which i think he and his co-director do very well. the school-girl scenes are all extremely realistic. Some parts are humorous but humour is placed so tightly in the middle of horror that things shift so quickly.

the production design must be commended. I particularly love the piano design at the end of the film. With the diary, however, (i know, it's really good), but Kyu-Dong Min actually mentioned that they researched heaps of teenage girls' diaries and many were much more elaborate than the one they made for the film. just a sneak.

The cinematography too, should gain praise. Most parts are shot with stark whites, blacks and deep greens and it's really effective in bringing out the emptiness of the school in the lives of Shi-eun and Hyo-shin. But it is also the photography of the two girls on the roof during sunset really got me. when you first see it, it's a love scene - they walk left and right, playing with socks and all. And when you see it at the end of the film, it becomes a nostalgic scene.

Lastly, i must praise the acting of all three leads. Kim Min Sun is really likeable as Min-ah. Lee Young-Jin showed great control as the living dead girl and Park Yeh-jin arguably holds the whole film's acting performances together, both in terms of performance and narrative.

I really like Memento Mori. So far, it's in my top 3 films of the year. It's not exceptional. It's not one of those films with fantastically rapturous visual imagery, complex structure, or profound philosophical narrative. In fact, i don't know why i like the film as much as i do - apart from what i've just mentioned above. but i do. if i could see it again, i would. 9 out of 10.


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Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

24 December 1999 (South Korea) See more »

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$52,692
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1.85 : 1
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