Today’s movie review finds us in Ancient Korea, where Long Haired Ghosts are on the prowl in another one Neko-chan’s favorite film genres, the Ghost Romance….
This time it’s in the film “The Evil Twin” aka “전설의 고향”….. one of 2007’s crop of new Korean chillers finally reaching DVD release.
Our synopsis for this one is as follows: “Set in the Jhosun Dynasty, Seo-rae village is enshrouded by a thick fog coming from the lake. While running away from a group of village kids, Hyo-jin and her sister So-yeon fall into the lake. The mother of the twins tries hard to save them, both but manages only to save So-yeon, her favorite, who remains alive but comatose. Ten years later, Choi is murdered mysteriously as he was heading home from a friends gathering. And at that precise moment, So-yeon wakes up from her coma, without any memories of her childhood or even of her sister Hyo-jin. . Not long after the So-yeon’s recovery, more former friends and enemies are killed and people suspect So-yeon.. Her lover Hyun-sik, in truth misses the dead sister, Hyo-jin, for whom he mourns. As So-yeon is driven into a corner, her jealousy of Hyo-jin returns. But has her dead sister returned as well?”
Ooooooh……. scary!! Just the way Neko likes them. But will “The Evil Twin” live up to my expectations? Or will it just be twice the disappointment? “Read On” and find out!
Well…this one has a lot going for it to start. It;’s a period piece set in the Korean Jhoseon Dynasty and it’s a nice change from the current crop of modern settings so prevalent lately in Korean Ghost stories….(and this girl’s a sucker for historical romances, especially with a ghost or two thrown in, hehehehe.) But worry not…… it’s a very,very angry and vengeance-filled ghost…… and that means somebody’s gonna die….. and they do. It’s based upon the old Korean folklore story of Kongji and Patzzi, and the plot revolves around two twin sisters, So Yeon and Hyo Jin (both played by popular korean television starlet Park Shin Hye, best known for her roles in “Palace S” and “Trees in Heaven”).
So is it any good? Well I just love these costume romance ghost stories to pieces…… but then Neko-chan is just that sort of lil’ kitten. It IS good….just a bit disappointing. If you’ve seen one identical good twin/ wicked twin story you already know where this one is heading…… no real surprises there. But just because we all know the drill, doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the ride.
There are some moments of true scary horror….. a bath scene that makes me squirm thinking about it…. and just what might be hiding in the dark of MY bathroom.
The truly best moment of the film in this Catgirl’s opinion involves a horrific skin infection suffered by one the poor girls who crosses our heroine the wrong way…. it’ll stick with you and come back to haunt you every time you see those lil’ sesame seeds on your sandwich bun….forever……
Still…… in a basic way, this one merely entertains without breaking any new ground. It’s a good film, just not a great one….. I liked the earlier Korean effort “Legend of the Evil Lake” so much more…….
This DVD is a region 3, NTSC disc, and up to the high standards of Korean production with the usual excellent subtitles. This Special Edition also comes with a making of feature, poster shoot, theatrical trailer, and a few other special features.
Neko is one hard girl to please, but I’ll only be able to give this one a good 3 “Meows” out of 5 for making an honest workman-like effort to entertain but overall it’s hard to recommend to the average viewer due to the 29.95$ US price tag for it…. unless you are a rabid fan of such, (like lil’ ol’ me, silly kitten that I am….) I’d wait for the “Less Special Edition” to pop up in HK…….
But…. don’t take my words for it….. here’s the official Trailer to let you decide for yourself.