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The Red Shoes (2005)

Bunhongsin (original title)
Not Rated | | Horror, Thriller | 30 June 2005 (South Korea)
A woman who finds a pair of pink high heels on a subway platform soon realizes that jealousy, greed, and death follow them wherever they go.

Director:

Yong-gyun Kim

Writers:

Hans Christian Andersen (fairy tale), Yong-gyun Kim (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Hye-su Kim ... Sun-jae
Seong-su Kim ... In-cheol
Yeon-ah Park Yeon-ah Park ... Tae-su
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Su-hee Go Su-hee Go
Dae-hyeon Lee Dae-hyeon Lee
Eol Lee Eol Lee
Hyeon-jin Sa Hyeon-jin Sa
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After finding that her husband is unfaithful and cheats her with a lover, Sun-jae moves to a decadent cheap apartment at Goksung Station with her daughter Han Tae-soo. While traveling home in the subway, Sun-jae finds a pair of red shoes and brings them home. Tae-soo becomes fascinated by the shoes, which brings greed and jealousy to whoever sees them, while Sun-jae has visions and nightmares with ghosts and blood. When her friend Kim-mi Hee steals the shoes, she has an accident and dies. Meanwhile, the architect decorator Cho-in Choi that is dating Sun-jae, researches and discloses that the mystery is related to a picture of 1944. His further investigation unravels the tragic fate of the original owner of the shoes. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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shoes | curse | subway | jealousy | ghost | See All (106) »

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Horror | Thriller

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Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

30 June 2005 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

The Red Shoes See more »

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South Korea

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Runtime:

| (uncut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The colour of the shoes in the modern day moments of the film are a purplish pink, however during the moments where it was presumably the Japanese occupation of Korea at that time, the shoes are a reddish pink, perhaps due to the fact that the shoes have been worn for a very long period of time. See more »

Quotes

Sun-jae: Stop it! Please stop it. Why? Why are you doing this to us?... I just picked them up. That's all I did... Take me instead. Not my daughter! Not Tae-soo... Please...
Keiko: Those who take the red shoes away will all die!
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Crazy Credits

After Taesoo, who is covered in thick makeup and wears a black top and white tutu while dancing and looking at her reflection in the mirror, part of the beginning of the credits show. However before they get past the second actor in the cast list, the screen shakes and the text turns red as if there is a technical problem, before it reverts to a scene of people walking in the park. The pink shoes can be seen again in the park, and a girl with roller blades leans down to pick them up. After her hand covers the camera, the credits roll normally. See more »

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It's a Big Cliché, But It's Still Damn Good!
27 February 2006 | by wkduffySee all my reviews

I'm in a quandary over this film. Like many other reviewers have amply illustrated here, this film is like a Korean Klone in lots of ways. It borrows moves from the Ringu play-book, the Dark Water play-book, the Ju-On play-book, The Eye play-book...please stop me. It's got a daughter and mother all alone in the world facing supernatural evil. It's got hunched-over, black-haired teens with bad attitudes and osteoporosis floating around upside-down and showing up in elevators. It's got the cheating hubby, the young love interest, the entrepreneurial "young Asian professional female" slowly losing her mind. Most importantly, it's got the requisite cursed artifact (not a wig, not a videotape, not a pair of transplanted corneas, but a swanky set of pink stilettos that a particular ghost doesn't want any mortal wearing).

BUT GOSH DARN IT, I LIKED THIS FILM! I guess it says something if I feel compelled to excuse myself for this fact, but I really did care for the characters and the serious situation they are hopelessly trapped in. Indeed, I was hooked by the grue--people getting their feet forcibly removed gets my attention. The cinematography is colorful, and artful, and top notch--as we have come to expect from Korean directors. (Did you catch those cool on-purpose-out-of-focus shots? Fuzzy weirdness...) The music is actually pretty unique--the low-key guitar ditty that recurs off and on is melodic, and personal, and not overwrought. Yes, the plot "twists and turns" in terribly predictable ways: Could our protagonist really be the guilty one? Is it possible that we might find the answer to the horrible mystery by rifling through old newspaper copy in the library? Even though we've "properly buried" the red shoes with their owner, is it possible the evil will return nevertheless to wreak ultimate revenge? When we get to the end, will the decidedly downbeat narrative actually make very little sense? Yes, you've seen--and come to expect--it all.

But, darn it, this flick is done with such panache in a very gutsy way. The characters are carefully drawn, the direction is solid. And when you get right down to it, America simply does not make films like this. I don't think America ever will again. We used to make great, sad, horror films, but not anymore. We real horror fans have got to rely on films like "Bunhongsin" to get our fix. In fact, that's precisely why I give this film the benefit of the doubt.


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