Search - Whispering Corridors on DVD

Whispering Corridors
Whispering Corridors
Actors: Kang-hee Choi, Gyu-ri Kim, Min-jung Kim, Roe-ha Kim, Yu-seok Kim
Director: Ki-hyeong Park
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Horror
R     2005     1hr 45min

Jookran High School is an ordinary high school with its pressures and requirements for the students to conform and pursue the better education. However, underneath its seemingly normal struggle between discipline and the r...  more »


Larger Image

Movie Details

Actors: Kang-hee Choi, Gyu-ri Kim, Min-jung Kim, Roe-ha Kim, Yu-seok Kim
Director: Ki-hyeong Park
Creators: Ki-hyeong Park, Sung-won Ham, Choon-Yeon Lee, Jung-Ok In
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Horror
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Horror
Studio: Tartan Video
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 02/22/2005
Release Year: 2005
Run Time: 1hr 45min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: Korean
Subtitles: English, Spanish

Similar Movies

Director: Ik-hwan Choe
   UR   2008   1hr 44min
A Tale of Two Sisters
Director: Ji-woon Kim
   R   2005   1hr 55min
Director: Byeong-ki Ahn
   R   2005   1hr 44min

Similarly Requested DVDs

I Am Legend
Director: Francis Lawrence
   PG-13   2008   1hr 41min
Director: Andrés Muschietti
   1hr 40min
Ghostbusters Double Feature Gift Set
Ghostbusters/ Ghostbusters 2 and Commemorative Book
   PG   2005   3hr 33min
The Last House on the Left
Director: Wes Craven
   R   2002   1hr 24min
The Running Man
Special Edition
Director: Paul Michael Glaser
   R   2004   1hr 41min
Species 2
Director: Peter Medak
   R   1998   1hr 33min
The Exorcist
The Version You've Never Seen
Director: William Friedkin
   R   2000   2hr 2min
Vampires Night Orgy
Director: León Klimovsky
   R   2003   1hr 20min
Directors: Jeff Winner, Larry Fessenden
   R   2002   1hr 32min

Movie Reviews

Corridors ...of...terror! Yeah I know thats lame
Evan Harris | 01/25/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Asian horror has recently become a passion of mine. In fact, if you read my other reviews, most of the positive ones are for asian ghost stories. There's something about a good ghost story that can scare me more than anything else and there's somehting about the asian art of storytelling that usually works its magic on me and makes things Ive seen before seem fresh and surprising. Whispering Corridors is an entry into this category that ranks with some of the best I've seen. It's not the scariest,it's not the most involving, but it certainly demands a level of respect and a place among my favorites.

The plot revolves around an all girls school in which a past tragedy is given new life when one of the older teachers apparently commits suicide(The discovery of her body is one of the more chilling scenes in the movie). Most of the faculty and the students though, are hesitant to accept that this was an open and shut case, especially since rumors have been floating around for some time that the school is haunted. A young, beautiful young teacher(and alumni) has started working at the school who has a tragic connection to the places' dark past and when another teacher(a particularly stalinesque one) doesn't show up for work, questions abound. Several characters have motive, and the movie quickly turns from ghost story into a whodunnit. The answers to the questions are all intriguing (if a bit confusing) and as the movie turns from a steadily-paced moment builder into a creepfest, all the characters back stories and inner secrets come to light.

Whispering Corridors is credited in it's preview with being the true beginning of the Asian horror boom that has taken precedence over even Japanimation in this country the last few years. While The Ring is really truly credited with bringing the full-fledged asian style onto our shores, this film is marked as a major influence and ,frankly, is a scarier movie then the original Ringu. The performances are beleivable across the board, but special attention has to be paid to Lee Mi-yeon who plays the former alumni. Her performance speaks volumes without saying a word. She is able to convey all the different facets of a character who is at once vulnerable, protective of the girls still attending the school and overcome with guilt for her participation in what became the most notorious event in the establishment's history. As her story unravels, Mrs Mi-Yeon has a gravitas which transcends typical damsel in distress fare. The movie itself plays on many diffrent levels and has a lot to say about conformity, the responsiblity of power and friendship. Another aspect of the film that I enjoyed was the fact that it is a ghost story,but the ghost story unravels like a murder mystery, but a warning should be issued:this isn't a mystery in the Ten Little Indians vane, it takes its time setting up the characters and the suspense moments so patience is required. My only complaints are that at times the payoff for that build-up isn't justified, and when everyones stories start to meld together at the climax, its a bit hard to tell who is who.

Overall though, the movie plays well, is multi-layered and has some really good creep-out moments. Watching it though I couldn't help wishing I had seen it before the wonderful asian horror films that have followed so that it would seem a little more fresh. There were moments I felt i had seen before, but the movies I had seen them in were almost definatly influenced by this one, so who's copying who? Either way, Its worth a look and I will be seeing the sequals.