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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.


Hong-Seung Yoon (as Chang)


Hong-Seung Yoon (screenplay) (as Chang), Eun-Kyeong Kim (screenplay)
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Credited cast:
In-sook Choi In-sook Choi
Da-Geon Da-Geon ... Yoon Soo-Jin
Hahm Eun-Jung ... Kim Ji-Won (as Eun-jeong Ham)
Sung Jin Sung Jin ... Bak Woo-Ram
Yi-seul Kang Yi-seul Kang
Bum Kim ... Kang Hyun
So-hie Kim So-hie Kim
Jeong-hwan Kong Jeong-hwan Kong ... Lee Chi-Young
Hyun-Sang Kwon Hyun-Sang Kwon ... Jae Wook
Beom-su Lee ... Chang-wook Hwang
Do-hyeoni Lee Do-hyeoni Lee
Ban-ya Mun Ban-ya Mun ... Gimg Yeong-Jin
Gyu-ri Nam ... I-na Kang
Yeo-Eun Son Yeo-Eun Son
Jiwon Yang Jiwon Yang ... Min Hye-Young


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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Horror | Thriller


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Did You Know?


The Korean title, "gosa", means "exam" in Korean. It refers to the important midterm exam as well as the final exam that Korean high school students take. The "sa" is a play on of the homophone "sa", which also sounds like the word "death" in Chinese. See more »

Crazy Credits

During the beginning of the credits, Jiwon's parents are seen eating ramen noodles and talking as if it is a normal occasion, with Hyeyoung's corpse in the fish tank full of water in the background. See more »


Followed by Death Bell 2: Bloody Camp (2010) See more »

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Korean torture slasher

Korean torture slasher set in a school and the torture element actually adds something different to the usual Korean/Japanese school gore fest movie. I was very surprised to find that these short set pieces were very much the best thing about the film. Nasty, gruesome, suspenseful but not drawn out to the point where the audience is also tortured, these were well executed. The rest of the film was much more formulaic and somewhat confusing. The elite students having to solve some question or one of their number dies before them was a fine idea but for some reason was made over complicated and it seemed that right or wrong the victim still got it . I didn't really care about anybody, so as one after the other died it just became a bit of a carrousel , a bloody one, granted. A great start and not a bad finish, surprisingly high production standards apparent but I just lost some interest somewhere along the way.

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Release Date:

6 August 2008 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Seoul, South Korea


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Company Credits

Production Co:

Mirovision See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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