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Lee Ye Chun (Actor) | Do Kum Bong (Actor) | Nam Koong Won (Actor) | Lee Yong Min (Director)
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The reasons why every summer Korean horrors populate the big screen can be traced down to the success of Park Ki Hyung's Whispering Corridors, and of course the enormous influence Nakata Hideo's Ring had on Asian horror films. But Korea's homegrown horror genre dates back a lot further, and one of the most intriguing early entries of the genre is Lee Yong Min's 1961 horror A Devilish Homicide.

Although the 60s golden age saw its share of Dracula-themed horror films, the majority focused on family themes, like the rivalry between sons or daughters and evil stepmothers (in some way re-adapted masterfully by Kim Ji Woon in A Tale of Two Sisters), or between wife and concubine. Often set near the end of the Joseon Dynasty, just as the country was starting to be influenced by Western customs, many of these films were inspired from novels or legends of the time. A Devilish Homicide stars horror queen Do Geum Bong as the dead wife of Lee Si Mok (Lee Ye Chun). Si Mok finds a portrait of his wife in a gallery. His first instinct is to bring the painting home to his painter friend Chun Cheol (Chu Seok Yang), who in a rush hides him and the painting under a bed. While hiding, his friend gets killed by a mysterious woman, and all Si Mok can do is run away to avoid any trouble. But when he brings home the painting, strange events start taking place, such as the reappearance of his dead wife.

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Product Title: A Devilish Homicide (DVD) (Korea Version) 殺人魔 (DVD) (韓國版) 杀人魔 (DVD) (韩国版) 殺人魔 (DVD) (韓国版) 살인마 (DVD) (한국판)
Also known as: A Bloodthristy Killer A Bloodthristy Killer A Bloodthristy Killer A Bloodthristy Killer A Bloodthristy Killer
Artist Name(s): Lee Ye Chun (Actor) | Do Kum Bong (Actor) | Nam Koong Won (Actor) 李藝春 (Actor) | 都琴峰 (Actor) | 南宮遠 (Actor) 李艺春 (Actor) | 都琴峰 (Actor) | 南宫远 (Actor) イ・イェチュン (Actor) | ト・グンボン (Actor) | Nam Koong Won (Actor) 이예춘 (Actor) | 도금봉 (Actor) | 남궁원 (Actor)
Director: Lee Yong Min 李庸民 李庸民 Lee Yong Min 이용민
Release Date: 2014-07-29
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English, Korean
Country of Origin: South Korea
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Color Information: Black & White
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: All Region What is it?
Rating: III
Publisher: DVDTOP
Other Information: 1-Disc
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1036368377

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살인마 (DVD) (한국판)

*Screen Format: 2.35 : 1 LETTER BOX
*Sound Mix: Dolby Digital 2.0

초상화에 얽힌 공포스럽고 잔인한 일가족의 처참한 죽음...

60년대 황금기 한국영화의 다양한 자산을 확인할 수 있는 공포 영화의 고전!

이시목(이예춘)은 갤러리에서 오래 전에 죽은 아내 애자(도금봉)의 초상화를 발견한다.
택시를 탄 그는 수상쩍은 화가 춘철의 집으로 끌려가고 화가는 막무가내로 초상화를
가져가라고 하면서 급하게 이시목을 침대 밑에 숨긴다. 침대 밑에 숨은 그는 화가(추석양)가
어느 여자에게 살인 당하는 장면을 목격하고 자신이 살인범으로 몰릴까봐 도망친다.
그러나 그 초상화를 집에 가져오고 나서 괴이한 일들이 발생한다. 오래 전에 죽은 아내 애자가
나타나 아이들을 잡아가고, 불공을 드리고 오던 어미니 허씨(이빈화) 역시 애자에게 죽임을 당한다.
이를 막으려던 이시목을 의문의 여인이 막아선다. 결국 혜숙은 죽고, 이시목은 자신의 어머니가
고양이 귀신이 붙었다는 것을 알고 죽인다. 이시목은 초상화가 화근이라고 생각하고 초상화를
찢으려 한다. 이때 그는 화가가 남긴 일기를 발견하고 비극의 전말을 알게 된다.
박 의사(남궁원)와의 애정행각 장면을 며느리 애자에게 발각당한 허씨와, 애자와 이시목의 금슬을
시기하던 애자의 친척동생 혜숙은 이시목이 출장 간 사이 애자에게 약을 먹여 말을 하지 못하도록 하고...

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Professional Review of "A Devilish Homicide (DVD) (Korea Version)"

June 7, 2007

This professional review refers to A Devilish Homicide (DVD) (Korea Version)
Although when thinking of Korean horror the most obvious examples which spring to mind are modern efforts such as Park Ki Hyung's Whispering Corridors and Ahn Byeong Ki's Phone, both of which have become known the world over, the country actually has a long and rich history of genre film making. One director who has been responsible for his fair share of scares is Lee Yong Min, who began his career back in the 1940s before turning his hand to horror in the 1960s with the likes of The Gates of Hell, Bride from the Grave, and of course A Devilish Homicide, a macabre classic now the subject of a welcome DVD re-release.

The film begins in thoroughly creepy fashion as a man called Lee Si Mok (Lee Ye Chun) hails a taxi on a rainy night, only to be taken against his wishes to a mysterious gallery where he sees a painting of his long dead previous wife. Intrigued, Si Mok takes it to show an artist friend, who is subsequently killed by a crazed women while he cowers under the bed. Fleeing the scene, he takes the painting home with him, setting off a series of disappearances and strange events, not least of which is the apparent return of the dead wife from beyond the grave (played by Do Geum Bong, an actress known for horror roles).

When watching A Devilish Homicide, it is interesting to recognise many of the themes and motifs which are still so common in Korean horror today, such as vengeful female ghosts and past secrets coming back to haunt the present. As with the modern form of the genre, the film is culled together from a mixture of folklore and then-current concerns, in this case revolving around a mixture of cat murderous spirits and an exploitation of the growing fears for the traditional family unit and its changing place in society. One difference of note is the way that the vengeful ghost is a far more human figure, without the usual horrorshow makeup, and yet is arguably all the more frightening and driven for it. Lee throws in plenty of deception and wicked scheming amongst the supernatural goings-on to make for entertainingly ghoulish viewing, and although the plot is basically predictable, being little more than a slight variation on a time-honoured formula, it does feature a few surprises along the way.

The film relies upon eerie atmosphere rather than sudden frights to scare, and it's possible that viewers used to the rollercoaster pace of modern horror may find it slow going. However, there are still a fair amount of startling and disconcerting moments, such as scenes of a cat-possessed grandmother licking the faces of sleeping children, some brief shots of grudge bearing ghosts wandering in the fields, and a few surprising flashes of violence and gore, including a gruesome eye gouging. Although special effects are used sparingly, they are fairly accomplished for the time, and come across as being appropriately strange rather than cheap.

Lee's direction has at times an almost expressionistic feel, with exaggerated camera angles and weird set design working well to keep the viewer on edge and to give the film a surreal look, especially during the opening scenes at the gallery and during some forest sequences. The murky black and white photography, along with some good suggestive use of shadows, gives the proceedings a nightmarish, gothic air, and although the film does look a little worn in places, this really only adds to its sinister charm.

Whilst A Devilish Homicide is most likely to appeal to Asian horror fans keen to take a look at past examples of the form, the film is good enough to stand as far more than just a curiosity piece. Spooky and sinister throughout in the best classic tradition, it should be enjoyed by all connoisseurs of weird and wild cinema, and serves as a timely reminder that the Korean genre extends far beyond the current wave of big budget teen friendly blockbusters.

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