경성학교: 사라진 소녀들 (The Silenced)

A Generation Blue Film/The Secret of Garden Production
Distribution: Lotte Entertainment
Rating: 15 and Over
Genre: Period, Horror
Running Time: 99 Min
Shooting Time: 2014/Aug/03~2014/Oct/24
Release: 2015/Jun/18

WITH 박보영 (Park Bo-Young) as Ju-Ran; 엄지원 (Eom Ji-Won) as the Principal; 박소담 (Park So-Dam) as Yeon-Deok; 공예지 (Gong Ye-Ji) as Yuka; 심희섭 (Shim Hee-Seop) as Kenji; 박성연 (Park Seong-Yeon) as Etiquette Teacher; 고원희 (Go Won-Hee) as Shizuko; 박세인 (Park Se-In) as Eguchi; 

CREW Director 이해영 (Lee Hae-Young) Executive Producer 김조광수 (Kim Jo Gwang-Soo) 심현우 (Shim Hyun-Woo) | Screenplay 이해영 (Lee Hae-Young) | Director of Photography 김일연 (Kim Il-Yeon) Lighting 김민재 (Kim Min-Jae) Editor 김창주 (Kim Chang-Joo) Music Dalparan Art Direction 한아름 (Han Ah-Reum) Costumes 함현주 (Ham Hyeon-Joo) Action Choreography 이홍표 (Lee Hong-Pyo) 조원철 (Jo Won-Cheol) | Assistant Director 김동현 (Kim Dong-Hyun)

BOX OFFICE
KOFIC Nationwide
TOTAL REVENUE: 2,733,580,200 Won
TOTAL ADMISSIONS: 354,234
BUDGET: N/A

Photo © Generation Blue Film, The Secret of Garden, Lotte Entertainment

SYNOPSIS

Ju-ran who suffers from a chronic health condition moves to a sanitorium boarding school. In the new environment, she regains health thanks to her new friend, Yeon-deok, and the principal's special treatment program. But soon, her classmates begin to disappear one by one and she notices abnormal changes to her body. She suspects the school is responsible for what's happening and begins to uncover the truth. [KoBiz]

IN SHORT

As one of the most exciting screenwriters of the early 2000's, Lee Hae-Young had built decent expectations with his equally zany and glorious debut as a director, 천하장사 마돈나 (Like a Virgin). He confirms the good impression with his third feature, a stylish throwback to the "pensive" horror films that from time to time populated Chungmuro's summers: a sort of 메멘토 모리 (Memento Mori) meets 기담 (Epitaph) that quickly averts the most common pitfalls this genre has often been associated with (the plight of white-clad virgin ghosts who get back spasms and get grumpy because nobody cuts their hair), the film eventually becomes an exploration of the very human obsession with desire (embodied by the use of red in the film, from clothing to flowers and all the way to the McGuffin of the film). The period setting seems like a gimmick at the beginning, but it gradually earns its stay once denouement sets in -- when the film stops being a simple horror about young girls disappearing in an isolated boarding school and becomes a much bigger drama centered around the madness of our inner selves. Technically proficient if a little scattershot in terms of editing and music, the film has a strong central performance by Park Bo-Young and uneven but solid supporting work by youngsters like Go Won-Hee and Park So-Dam. Not a masterpiece by any means and the script could use a little trimming, but overall a fine genre piece that manages to be distinctive while still basking in conventional tropes.

ACTING GRADES

73 박보영 (Park Bo-Young)
70 엄지원 (Eom Ji-Won)
67 박성연 (Park Seong-Yeon)
64 공예지 (Gong Ye-Ji)
62 고원희 (Go Won-Hee)
60 박소담 (Park So-Dam)
60 박세인 (Park Se-In)
59 심희섭 (Shim Hee-Seop)

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