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Jae Hee (Actor) | Park Shin Hye (Actor) | Yang Geum Suk (Actor) | Yang Jin Woo (Actor)
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In South Korea, summer is the season for horror films, and the first to hit theaters in 2007 was Kim Ji Hwan's directorial debut, The Evil Twin. A rare entry into the historical horror genre, this Joseon period chiller offers a horrifying interpretation of the classic Cinderella story of Kongji and Patzzi. One of the most promising young actresses in Korea, teenaged television starlet Park Shin Hye from Palace S and Trees in Heaven takes on her first leading film role, and she adeptly captures the polar personalities of her two characters, playing both the innocent and the evil with equal convince. The film co-stars Jae Hee (3-iron) and Yang Geum Suk.

Ten years ago, twin sisters So Yeon and Hyo Jin (Park Shin Hye) both fell into a river, claiming the life of Hyo Jin and leaving So Yeon comatose. Ten years later, So Yeon finally wakes up. Though she has lost her memory, she is troubled by what she can't remember, and often shows characteristics similar to her dead sister. As she recovers, the past slowly returns - the circumstances of the accident, the sisters' jealous rivalry over So Yeon's husband-to-be Hyun Sik (Jae Hee) - and a series of mysterious murders befalls the village.

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Product Title: The Evil Twin (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) 鬼魅人間 (DVD) (香港版) 鬼魅人间 (DVD) (香港版) 伝説の故郷 (香港版) The Evil Twin (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Jae Hee (Actor) | Park Shin Hye (Actor) | Yang Geum Suk (Actor) | Yang Jin Woo (Actor) | Kim Bo Ra (Actor) 在僖 (Actor) | 朴信惠 (Actor) | Yang Geum Suk (Actor) | 楊鎮宇 (Actor) | 金 寶拉 (Actor) Jae Hee (Actor) | 朴信惠 (Actor) | Yang Geum Suk (Actor) | 杨镇宇 (Actor) | 金 宝拉 (Actor) ジェヒ (Actor) | パク・シネ (Actor) | ヤン・グムソク (Actor) | ヤン・ジヌ (Actor) | キム・ボラ (Actor) 재희 (Actor) | 박신혜 (Actor) | 양금석 (Actor) | 양진우 (Actor) | 김 보라 (Actor)
Release Date: 2009-07-14
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Place of Origin: South Korea
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1
Closed Captioning: Yes
Sound Information: DTS Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): DVD, DVD-5
Region Code: All Region What is it?
Duration: 95 (mins)
Publisher: Winson Entertainment Distribution Ltd.(HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1020532785

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Director: KIM Ji-hwan

Set in Chosun Dynasty, Hyo-jin and her twin sister So-yeon fall into the lake. Their mother tries hard to save them both but manages only to save So-yeon, who is 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 are killed and people suspect So-yeon....

Her lover Hyun-sik, in truth misses the dead sister, Hyo-jin. As So-yeon is driven into a corner, her jealousy of Hyo-jin returns....
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October 22, 2007

This professional review refers to The Evil Twin (DVD) (Korea Version)
The first of the summer 2007 wave of Korean horror films to hit DVD is The Evil Twin, marking the directorial debut of Kim Ji Hwan. Thankfully, for those fans who have understandably grown somewhat disillusioned with the genre of late, tired of directors' reluctance to stray from the confines of the done to death "teens menaced by vengeful female ghost" formula, the film does offer something at least a little different in the form of a historical setting. The action takes place in a rural village during the Joseon period of Korean history instead of an all girls' school or haunted apartment building.

Based upon the old Korean Cinderella style story of Kongji and Patzzi, the plot revolves around twin sisters So Yeon and Hyo Jin (popular television starlet Park Shin Hye, known for Palace S and Trees in Heaven). After an accident which leaves her sister dead, So Yeon falls into a coma from which she finally awakes ten years later, with no memory of the tragic event or the incidents which led up to it. Although she slowly manages to adjust to her new life and even hesitatingly begins romancing her sister's former beau Hyun Sik (Jae Hee, star of Kim Ki Duk's 3-iron), the past gradually comes back to haunt her, as she seemingly takes on her sister's personality traits and a spate of murders terrorises the village. While the locals are quick to blame her for the sinister events, thanks to a barrage of none too subtle flashbacks, it's glaringly obvious that something more spooky is going on, leading to a final twist which surprises no one but the rather slow characters.

Cynicism aside, although this may all sound rather familiar, with the twins theme certainly having enjoyed a number of high profile genre outings over the last few years, The Evil Twin works by being far more of a character piece than might be expected, with director Kim wisely focusing on the substantial elements of the story rather than on the worst narrative cliches of the genre. The film certainly manages to pack in plenty of angst, dealing with themes of guilt, identity and memory, and in this manner it most resembles Kim Tae Kyeong's The Ghost, though with a slightly more theatrical bent. Indeed, a large part of the running time is taken up with scenes of dialogue, and while on one hand this does result in a rather deliberate pace, it helps to keep the action grounded, making the horror elements arguably more effective than in other similar efforts.

This is not to say that The Evil Twin doesn't offer genre fans enough in the way of scares, though Kim aims for slow burn, atmospheric chills, with lots of creepy shots of dark forests and misty lakes. Needless to say, there are still a good few cheap shocks peppered throughout to spice things up and to prevent the viewer from nodding off, though these never come across as being too derivative largely due to a good value, game ghost who really puts in an effort compared to some of the disappointingly lazy spectres who have recently haunted cinemas. Added to this are a couple of startlingly squirm-inducing scenes involving an unfortunate character struck down with a grotesque skin condition, and overall the film manages to offer a respectable scare quotient.

It certainly helps that the film is visually a handsome affair, boosted by rich production values and showing a genuine effort to make the most of the period setting. Using a drab colour palette offset by a few injections of blazing red, Kim successfully manages to convey an otherworldly air that gives the film an almost gothic feel. As well as serving well to distract from the film's basic similarity to other efforts set in more modern times, the impressive visuals give the proceedings a traditional and uniquely Korean flavour.

If nothing else, this makes for a nice change and does mean that The Evil Twin stands out from the crowd, at least enough so to make it an entertaining watch for viewers who have been eagerly awaiting the start of this year's Korean shriek season. Although by no means original, it ticks all the right boxes for the form, and stands as a piece of above average genre fare.

by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com

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Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 2 - 2 out of 10 (1)
Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 4 - 4.3 out of 10 (6)

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May 6, 2013

boring Customer Review Rated Bad 2 - 2 out of 10
Judging by the cover and trailer I though "Oh my god, I can't watch this!"
I even called a friend over to watch it with me, because I was so scared... And I'm REALLY a scaredy cat...But this movie....was not scary at all.
Plus, the story is confusing, even though I read the plot before, I couldn't quiet follow during watching. Only fterwards I was able to somehow get it.
Apart from that, it was ok....
All in all....I'm disappointed :(
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October 4, 2007

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Not scary at all Customer Review Rated Bad 2 - 2 out of 10
The movie is not scary at all, and it's kind of confusing until the last minute. Pretty much the whole movie is so dark that you can barely things. The story is alright.
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September 15, 2007

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O.K. Movie Customer Review Rated Bad 3 - 3 out of 10
This Movie wasn't what i expected at all. if you're into the grudge and all, than this is the one for you. other wise the story line is great. this one is about to twins who drowned at first then the mother...nahh i don't want to ruined the story for you... so check it out...
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September 4, 2007

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MOvie was OKay! Customer Review Rated Bad 4 - 4 out of 10
I was hoping the movie to be different, but it was a typically horror film like The Ring, The Grudge, and sooo on. The scary parts weren't scary enough, but I love the sencery of the movie. The picture, lighting and the landscapes that they shown in the movie was dramatically stunning!! Love it!
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September 3, 2007

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Evil? Awe, its only Sadako Customer Review Rated Bad 7 - 7 out of 10
As a movie this is more a dramatization similar to a theatrical play than a Korean ghost movie you will be used to, and a majority of this film features a high percentage of dialog and soliloquy than creepy atmospherics. The cinematography, though, does portrait some interesting atmospherics near the beginning, with a misty, eerie and quite dreamlike large lake panning across the screen that stimulates an alien historical setting, and other parts of the Korean landscape feature throughout. Still, this film is more a costumed drama of a past Joseun period Korea that could similarly be put alongside related films like the Japanese "Shikoku" and "Inugami" as to what to expect thematically. Not in story, but in the landscapes, period dress and traditions about old myths with the supernatural element included. It has been said, that an historically featured Korean movie, drawing from her past traditions, would be a great idea for a ghost story (and certainly is) and this movie, historically, is well made in that respect. The period dress and traditional domestic chores that would have been performed in a royal household, are showcased well here. But, to throw a spanner into that idea, this film (again) uses the "Sadako" ghost cliche of the white gowned girl with long black hair doing her 'ringu' thang in a bath, in the woods and in barns to terrorize the various local victims, but all counter acting an idea to move away from that formula and use Korean traditional type motifs for a newer form of horror. Sadako..she just won't take that skin improving and hair replenishing holiday, will she? Or is she having a holiday here in the Joseun period?

Still, by using the Girl in White again, its more the fact that this is another vengeful ghost of a betrayed girl (again) and, here, the ghost of one of two twins. Because the ghost is of a girl from a distinguished royal household, who was to be betrothed in marriage before being drowned in an accident, the idea, here, is that the ghost was once a virtuous girl (apart from the fact that she wants revenge). She's royal and pure. So, the ideal image of purity in a girl is of virginal white bridal robed (for marriage) and the dark hair of maidenhood. So, a logical distortion of this purity is to twist it into grotesque and sinister imagery. Then, you have the bedraggled and mangy white robe as a gray shroud of hopelessness, tangled and straggly hair of insanity and revenge and a form that is bent and double jointed into multiple distortions to create this archetypal shade of evil. So, why use another depiction when you've got the creme de la creme of awfulness? You'll have to ask the directors, there, who all seem equally possessed by her. Another 'Clone from the Ring/King' of white robed horror? Well, to use a twist on that pun about 'King and the Clown/Ring and the Clone', this film is certainly nearer the KATC's time frame.

One funny bit appears near the end when the 'evil' (cough, Sadako) ghost grabs one of the male characters (performed by Jin Woo Yang and coincidentally, for me, as I'm watching him in the SBS series "Magic" at the moment) and drags him into a barn to face his fate (which I won't reveal). Yes, I did say funny, as I'm sure that, although this scene was meant to be scary, the dramatic speed he's grabbed by the ankles, pulled to the ground and the camera at nose level showing a shocked and grimaced face, will cause more mirth than gasp, shock, horror and ye Gods! I think, though, due to the cliche of such scenes, the director didn't feel that it mattered much. Overall, this is a very well made movie with highly implemented styled and quality acting (Shin Hye Park is good as the royal twins), top cinematography, but for the script and the pacing, which is okay, I still don't think this will have the wide spread appeal for audiences interested in the horror genre, who will expect more from a ghost flick like this - especially an historical Korean set one. But this film is more a period drama than horror, and if you like period dramas you may like this a lot more than the horror fan will. For a Jae Hee fan - he plays a would be husband and as husbands go, he isn't in the drama a great deal. I still feel that a horror / ghost film featuring Korea's ancient past will be made as a classic chiller, but, alas, I don't feel this is the one here.
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