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Ouija Board (2004)

Bunshinsaba (original title)
A high school girl moves from Seoul to a small remote village, where she is constantly harassed and bullied by the jealous common village girls. In a desperate bid to get back at her classmates, she tries to conjure a ghost to haunt them.

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Byeong-ki Ahn

Writer:

Byeong-ki Ahn
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Credited cast:
Gyu-ri Kim Gyu-ri Kim ... Lee Eun-ju
Se-eun Lee ... Lee Yu-jin
Yu-ri Lee ... Kim In-suk
Seong-min Choi Seong-min Choi ... Han Jae-hun
Jeong-yun Choi ... Ho-kyeong
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yoo-jin Im Yoo-jin Im
Jeong-hwa Kang Jeong-hwa Kang
Seong-eun Tak Seong-eun Tak
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Yu-jin and her blind mother move to a small village from Seoul. On her first day at the new school, Yu-jin gets picked on by her classmates. Along with other victims of hatred, Yu-jin puts a curse on the four girls tormenting them through a Ouija Board. On her second day at school, one of the spellbound bursts into flames and dies just as she sits down where Yu-jin used the board. The next day, another victim burns to death, and now the school is enclosed by horror. Written by Anonymous

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Whatever happens, don't open your eyes. See more »

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Horror | Thriller

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Rated R for strong violence and disturbing images | See all certifications »

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Quotes

Lee Yu-jin: Something strange... Has entered my body.
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Soundtracks

Ya li v pole da ne travushka byla? (Was I Not a Little Blade of Grass?), Op.47-7
Written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (as Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky)
Lyrics by Ivan Zakharievich Surikov
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so-so movie
10 September 2009 | by nose_smasherSee all my reviews

Who knows what's the trademark of almost all of the Asian horror movies? Yes, you're right: a ghost or a spirit shaped as a girl(or a woman) with her long, dark hair over the face. In small doses, at the right moment, usually associated with creepy sounds or eerie score, moving suddenly or with broken movements, those out-of-this-world presences have the power to scare to death the poor characters unfortunate enough to be in their path. Now, ladies and gentlemen, in "Bunshinsaba" you have the longest presence on-screen of the aforementioned long-haired female ghosts in the entire Asian horror history. If you have a better example, please let me know.

Now you think that will make this movie the scariest of them all? Errr...no. "Bunshinsaba" is a horror movie, no doubt about it. But, it's scare factor is average or even low. Despite some (very short) disturbing images, it's hard to be really terrified. No unsupportable tension from "Shutter", no gruesome-deformed faces from "The Ring". The last three-quarters of the film we're dealing with the ghost, who-as usually-seek revenge. The main problem is that we have real difficulties to know who's the real person, who's the real person possessed by the vengeful spirit, who's the real spirit, what's real and what's imagination and who's the reincarnation of the spirit. It's not easy to follow. Once invoked(at the beginning) the spirit move from person to person, determining the subsequent behavior. Some commit suicide by putting a plastic bag over the head, spilling flammable liquid over and set it on fire. Other girl throw herself out of window.

About the standard, mandatory, long-haired girl(notice that I didn't said "ghost"): As I said, you will see a LOT of standard stuff. A face looking down and then slightly starting to rise the sight. Don't expect demoniacal expressions, sudden scares in sync with loud sounds. Once is the real girl-school, next time the ghost, next another girl possessed by the ghost. Hmmm, pretty twisted, maybe a second viewing is necessary.

Otherwise, even the plot is relatively clear, it is also pretty twisted. There's a lot of talk. All the girls are beautiful and in general the cast consist in pleasant-looking people. Unfortunately, if you want to be really scared, this is not the right movie.


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Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

30 July 2004 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

Witch Board See more »

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Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,117,269
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1.85 : 1
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