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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.

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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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Storyline

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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Thou shalt not covet anything that is thy neighbor's See more »

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

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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 »

Filming Locations:

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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Version of The Red Shoes (1990) See more »

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My shoes could beat up your shoes!
25 September 2005 | by Ky-DSee all my reviews

'Bunhongshin' (Pink Shoes) is a fine example of the growing Korean film industry. While still lacking enough refinements for universal appeal, it still is an entertaining yarn and a fine scary movie.

A pair of bright pink shoes keep popping up on a subway line. For inexplicable reasons, any girl who sees them becomes violently attached to the shoes (to the point of beating anyone who might touch them), that is until someone/thing comes along and severs the girls feet as a penance for wearing the garment.

Visually top-notch, with nice color and camera usage. Most notable are the scare scenes; the imagery in these scenes is creepy and effective in conveying dread. Some limited optical effects and CG round out the package.

Performance wise, it's a mixed bag and where the film takes the biggest hit. Acting is suffice, but nothing special. The story just doesn't work; it is not only disjointed and uninvolved, it's also just plain difficult to understand what the hell happened in the end. As is the norm for many Korean film, the pacing is all kinds of wrong; taking way too long to make a point and dragging on way too many scenes needlessly.

For the spot-on horror imagery, 'Bunhongshin' is one to look out for, just try to ignore the scripting and pacing issues.

7/10


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