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Mourning Grave (2014) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Blu-ray Region A

Kim So Eun (Actor) | Kang Ha Neul (Actor) | Kim Jung Tae (Actor) | Han Hye Rin (Actor)
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Two of Korea's hottest young stars, Kang Ha Neul (The Heirs) and Kim So Eun (Boys Over Flowers) take their first film leading roles in the 2014 high school horror Mourning Grave. Directed by Oh In Chun, the film revolves around lonely teen In Su (Kang Ha Neul) who can see ghosts, an ability that makes life very difficult for him. Ghosts appear to him from every which way and high school is another hell altogether. Transfering to a school in the rural outskirts, he's quickly confronted with the bullying and cruelty of high school hierarchy, but finds comfort in the company of a female ghost (Kim So Eun) he befriends. In Su can sense the presence of a powerful grudge at the school, and soon students start getting attacked one by one by a mysterious masked girl...
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Product Title: Mourning Grave (2014) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) 怪談少女 (2014) (Blu-ray) (香港版) 怪谈少女 (2014) (Blu-ray) (香港版) 少女怪談 (2014) (ブルーレイ) (香港版) 소녀괴담
Artist Name(s): Kim So Eun (Actor) | Kang Ha Neul (Actor) | Kim Jung Tae (Actor) | Han Hye Rin (Actor) | Park Doo Sik (Actor) 金素恩 (Actor) | 姜河那 (Actor) | 金宗泰 (Actor) | 韓惠琳 (Actor) | 朴斗植 (Actor) 金素恩 (Actor) | 姜河那 (Actor) | 金宗泰 (Actor) | 韩惠琳 (Actor) | 朴斗植 (Actor) キム・ソウン (Actor) | カン・ハヌル (Actor) | キム・ジョンテ (Actor) | ハン・ヘリン (Actor) | Park Doo Sik (Actor) 김소은 (Actor) | 강하늘 (Actor) | 김정태 (Actor) | 한혜린 (Actor) | 박두식 (Actor)
Director: Oh In Chun 吳仁天 吴仁天 Oh In Chun 오인천
Blu-ray Region Code: A - Americas (North, Central and South except French Guiana), Korea, Japan, South East Asia (including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) What is it?
Release Date: 2014-11-14
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Country of Origin: South Korea
Picture Format: [HD] High Definition What is it?
Aspect Ratio: Widescreen, 1.78 : 1
Sound Information: Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio, Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray, 25 GB - Single Layer
Screen Resolution: 1080p (1920 x 1080 progressive scan)
Video Codecs: AVC (MPEG-4 Part 10)
Rating: IIB
Duration: 91 (mins)
Publisher: Deltamac (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1037433432

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Director: Oh In Chun

A Psychic Boy Unravels Gruesome Mystery Surrounding His Classmates' Disappearance In-su comes back to his hometown where all his miseries of being able to see ghosts started. He tried running away but, as In-su can't help but taking grudges of ghosts, more ghosts swarm around him. He seeks advice from his uncle, Sun-il who also inherited the ability from their great grandfather but Sun-il is of no help. In-su's new high school life is another nightmare with a gang of cruel kids picking on weak classmates. His only consolation is a mysterious ghost girl friend. One day, the gangbangers at school get attacked one by one a gruesome-looking masked girl. In-su senses powerfully fierce grudge around the class and finds connection with a bullied girl who committed suicide. Associating with his dark past, In-su wants to make changes and engages deeper into the deadly case to unmask the secret.
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Professional Review of "Mourning Grave (2014) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)"

January 12, 2015

Stop me if you've heard this one: a high school student blessed/cursed with the ability to see ghosts returns to his hometown, where he has to solve the mystery of a long-haired vengeful spectre stalking a gang of bullies. The unoriginally-themed Mourning Grave marks the debut of director Oh In Chul, known for his well-received and creative shorts, and attracted attention for featuring the first leading roles for popular up and coming stars Kang Ha Neul (known for the TV dramas Angel Eyes and The Heirs) and Kim So Eun (Boys Over Flowers). Thankfully, despite its premise, the film manages to work well with the formula, and while never surprising is one of the better recent examples of its type.

Kang Ha Neul plays In Su, a young guy who since an early age has been able to see ghosts, and who spends much of his time trying to help them with their grudges and problems. Isolated and traumatised by his experiences, he heads back to his rural small town home, where he moves in with his uncle Sun Li (Kim Jung Tae, Mr Go), who can also see the dead. Transferring to the local school, he's soon targeted by a gang of nasty bullies, though finds solace through his friendship with a young female ghost (Kim So Eun). In Su can sense trouble brewing, and sure enough students start going missing and a blood-splattered masked ghost is seen around the school, leading him to investigate the mystery behind the death of a girl who had also been suffering at the hands of the bullies.

Obviously, Mourning Grave is not the most original of films, and indeed Oh In Chul certainly doesn't make any attempt to shake up the genre, instead teaming with experienced horror scripter Lee Jong Ho (who previously worked on the likes of The Sleepless and Bunshinsaba) to produce something that's almost an archetypal example of the classic modern Asian ghost form. Aspects of many, many other films are drawn upon, from the high school horror of Whispering Corridors and Death Bell, through to Koji Shiraishi's 2007 slasher Slit Mouthed Woman, which clearly influenced the ghost design. Oh and Lee also work in some Korean shamanism and exorcism in the Hong Kong style, making the film a real mishmash that has an air of familiarity throughout, a fact which might well put off many seasoned ghost movie fans.

This is kind of a shame, as the film does a much better job than most of pulling things together, and though undoubtedly derivative, it still manages to forge an entertaining identity of its own. One of those rare cases when a film somehow just really clicks, it's definitely more than the sum of its instantly-recognisable parts, thanks to some solid and assured direction from Oh, and a well-written script by Lee that gives its likeable characters depth and interest. Kang Ha Neul is on good form in the male lead role (which to be fair is a fairly original touch, these films generally featuring female protagonists), making In Sun believable and sympathetic, and his relationship with the similarly decent Kim So Eun does give the film a valuable emotional anchor that makes for a rewarding pay-off. Though the film is funny in places, mostly the scenes involving Kim Jung Tae's comic relief uncle, it does have something serious to say, and its exploration of bullying is grim and effective, giving it an unexpected air of substance.

The film also does well with its supernatural elements, and though only younger viewers (presumably the primary target audience) are likely to actually to be scared by any of the ghostly-goings on, Oh handles the shocks and set pieces with confidence. Benefitting from some creepy ghost makeup and above average special effects, the film wisely packs in plenty of action, and while there are no individual stand out scenes, it's an atmospheric bit of spooky action that moves as a brisk pace through its short hour and a half running time.

While Mourning Grave isn't likely to set anyone's world on fire, it succeeds mainly through being better than expected. Though viewers still sick to the teeth of ghost seeing, grudges and long haired female spirits probably need not apply, it's the best of its kind for a good while, and bodes well for Oh In Chul's future outings ?particularly if he chooses something a little more ambitious next time.

by James Mudge - EasternKicks.com

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