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After quitting his job, lawyer Ko Dong Ho (Son Hyun Ju) arranged a dinner with his wife (Uhm Ji Won). Before arriving at the dining place, his wife is involved in a fender bender. Shocked and frightened, she phones Dong Ho who forgot about the date. Having dinner with his colleagues, Dong Ho doesn't answer the phone. It's not until three o'clock in the morning that he realizes that his wife is already dead.
One year after the miserable incident, a phone call allows him to talk to his wife from the past. Can he rewrite history and save his wife from murder?
|Product Title:||The Phone (2015) (DVD) (Taiwan Version) 贖命鈴聲 (2015) (DVD) (台灣版) 赎命铃声 (2015) (DVD) (台湾版) 贖命鈴聲 (2015) (DVD) (台湾版) 더 폰|
|Also known as:||手機 手机|
|Artist Name(s):||Son Hyun Ju (Actor) | Uhm Ji Won (Actor) | Hwang Bo Ra (Actor) | Bae Sung Woo (Actor) 孫 賢周 (Actor) | 嚴智媛 (Actor) | 黃寶拉 (Actor) | 裴成佑 (Actor) 孙 贤周 (Actor) | 严智媛 (Actor) | 黄宝拉 (Actor) | 裴成佑 (Actor) ソン・ヒョンジュ (Actor) | オム・ジウォン (Actor) | ファン・ボラ (Actor) | ペ・ソンウ (Actor) 손현주 (Actor) | 엄지원 (Actor) | 황보라 (Actor) | 배성우 (Actor)|
|Director:||Kim Bong Joo Kim Bong Joo Kim Bong Joo キム・ボンジュ 김봉주|
|Place of Origin:||South Korea|
|Picture Format:||NTSC What is it?|
|Aspect Ratio:||1.78 : 1|
|Sound Information:||Dolby Digital 5.1|
|Region Code:||3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?|
|Publisher:||Cai Chang International Multimedia Inc. (TW)|
|Package Weight:||120 (g)|
|Shipment Unit:||1 What is it?|
|YesAsia Catalog No.:||1050344382|
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Korean writer director Kim Bong-joo makes his debut with The Phone, a high-concept fantasy thriller in which a time-anomaly gives a lawyer the chance to talk to his wife in the past and to try and prevent her from being murdered. Not to be confused with Ahn Byeong-ki's 2002 horror smash Phone, the film is headlined by Son Hyun-ju (Hide and Seek) and Uhm Ji-won (The Silenced), and was somewhat of a surprise hit during the busy season, opening at the top of the box office and going on to pull in more than 1.5 million admissions.
The film opens with Son Hyun-ju as Ko Dong-ho, a lawyer who has just quit his job to take on a high paid position at a pharmaceutical firm. Deciding to go out and celebrate with colleagues, he ignores a call from his wife Yeon-soo (Uhm Ji-won), who ends up in a car accident before going home alone, only to be killed as part of an apparent botched robbery. A year later, and with the police having failed to catch the murderer, Dong-ho lives a miserable life, trying to take care of their young daughter while obsessing over the case and his own guilt. Everything changes when one day he receives a phone call from Yeon-soo, which somehow seems to be coming from the day she died, giving him the chance to try and change events and keep her alive.
While there's nothing terribly original about its premise, recalling Hollywood films like Frequency, The Butterfly Effect and others, The Phone does offer something different to most other Korean blockbusters of recent years, and Kim Bong-joo puts its daft concept to fine use. A thriller very much in the classic Hitchcock style, the film wastes no time in getting down to its many twists and turns, and wisely gets several major revelations out of the way early on, leaving Kim to have fun keeping the viewer guessing. While upon post-credits reflection the plot makes very little sense indeed, being likely to cause brain aneurysms in viewers who waste their time trying to think about it too hard, it hangs together well as it rattles through its paces, Kim keeping things moving fast enough to distract from its many inconsistencies.
A slight lull during the second act aside, it's for the most part tense, breathless stuff, Kim showing a confidence not usually seen in a first time director. The film also benefits from plenty of well-judged action scenes and impressive set piece chases, as well as a fair amount of violence, all of which give it a welcome hard edge and sense of threat. Some sharp editing similarly helps, and the film is intelligently constructed in the way in which it leaps between past and present, Kim allowing conflicts and dangers to overlap and intertwine. Though the film blatantly manipulates the viewer from start to finish, it's done in a clever and entertaining fashion that never frustrates, capped off by a suspenseful last half hour and satisfying ending.
Son Hyun-ju proves a great choice for the male lead, managing the difficult task of turning a lawyer into a sympathetic everyman who it's easy to root for as things get increasingly complicated and deadly – Kim certainly puts his protagonist through the wringer. Uhm Ji-won is also on good form, and the film wins points for at least giving her more to do than being a standard damsel in distress, her efforts to get to the bottom of things and to survive in the past matching those of her husband in the present. Though the two don't share too many scenes together there's a believable dynamic between them, and the film proves yet again that when it comes to producing a gripping thrill-ride, there's no substitute for giving viewers characters they actually care about.
A superior Korean thriller, The Phone stands out from most of the country's recent blockbusters by the rare virtue of being a genre film which gets pretty much everything right. Marking an accomplished debut for Kim Bong-joo, the film offers a slice of highly enjoyable schlock for viewers able to suspend their disbelief for a couple of hours.
by James Mudge - EasternKicks.com
Customer Review of "The Phone (2015) (DVD) (Taiwan Version)"
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May 26, 2018
This customer review refers to The Phone (2DVD) (Korea Version)
Stitched Up In Time
Back in 2002 Korean ghost movie Phone became a popular addition to the Ringu Set of long dark haired girls with murderously pasty white faces to give the fearful something to worry about. But with the advancement of mobile phone technology, in place of the television screen, the mobile phone became the next sinister device medium along with the Japanese Takashi Miike movie One Missed Call. Now on to 2015 the Korean movie The Phone procures another phenomena satire but with a more serious ‘edge’ (to pardon a popular The Phone brand pun) of where lawyer Dong-Ho (Hyun-joo Son) a man who attempts to save his medical surgeon wife Yeon-Soo (Ji-won Uhm) from murderer Jea-hyun (Seong-woo Bae) who killed his wife one year ago to the present day. The core phenomena an electromagnetic solar storm somehow enabling Dong-Ho’s mobile phone to anomalously connect with his wife’s phone to the exact month and day in 2014, just before she was murdered.
Before in 2014, all was sort of...well. Yeon-Soo a successful surgeon, Dong-Ho a successful lawyer and both living with their daughter Kyeong-rim (Jeong-he No). I say sort of as Socrates in Republic mentions more lawyers and doctors are needed when introducing a society of increasing luxury. But on the fatal day when Dong-ho celebrates with colleagues at a works party and returning home late drunk, finds his wife dead in the house living room after a break in. The police unable to find the killer.
Exactly a year from the tragic day Dong-Ho, after driving his daughter to school, gets a morning call on his smart phone. The voice is of his dead wife Yeon-Soo talking to him as if in a their normal everyday situation (he had been drunk a year ago but didn’t seem to have watched a George A Romero movie then). Dong-Ho believing a sick prank call angrily gets out of his car searching for the caller and after locating a young woman he mistakenly believes to playing tricks (being a lawyer he suspects many a disgruntled enemy), suddenly realises the unreal truth. It is his wife on the other phone and talking about situations that happened on the day just before she was murdered in 2014. So before the tragic evil repeats itself, Dong-Ho in the present franticly warns his wife that a food delivery guy is a murderer and so must not allow him into their house. Such frantic conversations over a mobile network amidst this electrical anomaly happening both ends of 12 months apart. Dong-ho’s hope changing as might Yeon-Soo’s fate in time.
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May 26, 2018
This customer review refers to The Phone (2DVD) (Korea Version)
Precision and the Aftermath
With concerning ‘glitches’ in modern technology it seems incredulous that intricate and finally tuned craftsmanship should succumb to banal fault devices. Only recently I read about Alexa disarmingly recording a family member’s private conversation and embarrassingly sending the recording to her employer. If though Alexa’s ‘evil’ laugh wasn’t bad enough. Alexa is a similar name to Resident Evil Code Veronica’s aristocratic bad girl Alexia and that the name Alexia is related to the reading disorder dyslexia. Where someone losing the ability to read words properly the complaint is called alexia. Maybe Alexa had a dyslexic moment relating to the above. Now considering the above and ‘glitchy’ technology if Alexa searched for knowledge about RE’s Alexia (hopefully not in a narcissistic manner) it would be virtuous, after her having sponged up the knowledge of Alexia’s awful use of an ancient virus from a queen ant, ‘to avoid problematic ideas of how to use her good power’. But maybe AI technology is quantum unpredictable and the human inventor pardoned (a.k.a. immune) from synthetic error similar to Pontius Pilate washing his hands. And tech devices can record, monitor, transmit and catalogue like no other.
The Phone however relates to such glitches that effects this intriguing story line. And I suppose a glitch with a good purpose. Similar to recent S Korean thriller movie ‘A Day’ (which I haven’t seen as yet) where the intricate plot device time loops in one day, The Phone puts a husband and wife into contact by the separation of one year in time and of the husband (in the present) trying to avoid his wife getting perceptively re-murdered in the past. The strange anomaly ‘glitch’ of a freak solar storm that obliges the contact medium across time by two smart phones (maybe Thor also the God of electricity is seeking true justice) whereas everyone else's phones periodically crackle, get fuzzy and generally annoy (to stop them talking to themselves in the past maybe). The plot harkens back to movie ‘Ditto’ there a romantic movie over an even larger period of time. But The Phone with its average beginnings does flow into a swift thriller. Its predictable within perpetual flux.
I certainly liked the moody electronic music score by Casker. A pity there doesn’t seem to be a soundtrack CD. The Phone to it’s similar titled ‘sister’ movie of 2002 ghost horror Phone, similarly features two Ji Wons; Ji Won Uhm in this and Ji Won Ha in Phone and Ditto.