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Seo-hee, Nam-hee and Lan. These three girls happen to read their tarot cards. Tarot cards tell them once-in-a-life-time opportunities will be coming to each of them simply by holding tarot cards and chanting magic spells. And the magic spells are nothing but their own names! Once their names are said, very special events begin to unfold.Written by
Pusan International Film Festival
Decent and Excellently Acted Korean Horror Trilogy
This is three stories all involving high school kids. In the first one, the seniors are bullies (a theme in Asian films) and send 3 girls into a disused school to face up to a putative haunted music room. That's just an urban myth, but the girls are rather silly and squeeze through an opening in a door that is chained shut, so you know right away they aren't going to get out easily, if at all. Haunting the school is the ghost of another school girl who foolishly chased a kitten, fell to her death and now malevolently takes it out on anyone who crosses her path.
The second story is about teenage pregnancy; three students from the same class are about to apply for college; one is pregnant by another; and the third is her best friend, who has vowed to always be there for her. When she is kicked in the stomach by more bully girls, she suffers a miscarriage and bleeds to death. The friend who should have been there always was off making a deal with the father of the illegitimate baby to get her friend to have an abortion.
The third story is about a high school lad whose father is a shaman, and he has unfortunately inherited the ability to see ghosts. He can't hear them, but he can feel them write words on his back, so he is able to communicate with them. When a serial killer who has committed suicide shows up to deal with a recently killed school girl and mutilate her further, he is forced to do an exorcism after school.
I've seen several terrible compendium Asian horror films and many a dull Asian horror film set in high school, so I had low expectations for this, but it was very well acted and held my interest. I am consonantly amazed at the excellent acting chops of very young Asian actors, like the amazing child, Seo-woo Eun, in PHONE (2002) and the 3 children in the Korean HANSEL AND GRETEL (2007).
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