Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Witch Board Bunshinsaba|
Actors: Kim Gyu-ri, Lee Se-eun, Lee Yuri
Director: Ahn Byung-Ki
Genres: Indie & Art House, Horror
From The director of PHONE and NIGHTARE. Picked on in her new school yoo-jin gets some of the other tormented classmates together to put a curse on the cruel POPULAR crowed. They use an automatic writing game to connect w... more »
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Very Good Horror Film From Korea: Atmospheric And Suspensefu
Ernest Jagger | Culver City, California | 01/30/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I picked up this DVD, "Bunshinsaba," along with about 14 other Korean and Japanese DVDs a few years ago when one of the Asian Video stores where I lived was relocating and having a bargain sale. All were new and in packaging: And since I never saw any of these horror films, and the price was great, I decided to purchase them. I don't regret it one bit. This is a very good film. I have seen my share of Korean and Japanese horror films, and think that the director, Byeong-ki Ahn, who also directed Nightmare [aka: Gawi] and "Phone" did an excellent job with this film. First of all, it was very different from many in the horror genre in terms of suspense and creepiness.
Some of my friends do not particularly care for this film, therefore, I would suggest you rent the film first. But I do think it is well worth the purchase. And although there are similar traits in this film as with other Asian horror films, this does not detract from the film one bit: due to the fact that this film is very well acted and directed. There is not too much scare factor in this film, [although it does have its share] as much as there is suspense. The film begins with a bullied classmate at an all-girls school named Lee Yu-jin (Se-eun Lee). Being fed up with the constant harassment, she decides to put a curse on the other girls who are picking on her. Moreover, two of her friends participate in this activity. They make a special numberboard; and after chanting the name 'Bunshinsaba' a few times, the curse is in effect.
The girls who were picking on them begin to die. A sort of self-suicide, as each student sets themselves on fire on different days. As these students begin to die one by one, the film veers towards another area at the school: The administration. It appears that the principal and his entire staff, along with the people of this town have been covering up a terrible deed from long ago. Yu-jin does not realize that a student was killed over 30-years-ago [no spoilers] and her name was Kim In-suk (Yu-ri Lee). Also, (Yu-ri Lee) did a very convincing role in her part. Plus, there is something peculiar with the new teacher in class, Lee Eun-ju (Gyu-ri Kim). There is more to her than meets the eye. The ghostly haunting and revenge in the film is great, and the conclusion is very good. If you like Asian horror, then I recommend this film highly. [Stars: 4.5]"
Creepy- good plot!
horrorjunky | Washington | 01/26/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I liked this film. It kept my attention, and the plot wasn't as confusing as other Asian films. "Bunshinsaba," however, is just like most of the Asian films circling around today. The CREEPINESS (not so much the plot) is very similar to "The Ring," and the "The Grudge," amoung others. But it works! No matter how many times I see movies with a female ghost and long black hair in her face, who walks funny and suddenly appears right behind you--- it still freaks me out! I also enjoyed the film, because although it is horror, it was also very sad."
Great story line!
Noble Sir | Korea | 07/16/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is korean horror at it's finest. The plot is good. The acting is good and the story line moves at a fast pace with little scary suprizes. It has a classic revenge theme featuring some young (and rather attractive) korean females which I thought was just fantastic! Highly recommended!"
Formula but fun
Pamela I. Hughes | NE USA | 08/04/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The theme has been done before, but it was still entertaining and I liked the characters."