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Kim Hye Soo (Actor) | Kim Sung Soo (Actor) | Kim Yong Kyun (Director)
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The Red Shoes (Hong Kong Version)
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Not all fairy tales are meant to be sweet bedtime stories. In truth, some can be quite scary, even terrifying by today's standards. Such is the case with Red Shoes, a chilling horror film from director Kim Yong Gyun that stars noted actress Kim Hye Su (Tazza: The High Rollers). Inspired by the creepy Hans Christian Andersen story of the same name, Red Shoes tells the story of Sun Jae (Kim Hye Su), a thirtysomething eye doctor and dutiful wife who ends up finding a pair of abandoned shoes in the subway. She quickly takes the shoes as her own, but in the process, eventually discovers that these seemingly harmless items may possess a frightening power all their own.

Before long, Sun Jae's marriage disintegrates when she discovers that her husband is carrying on an affair. Consequently, she is forced to strike out on her own and live a squalid existence with her six-year-old daughter, Tae Soo. While Sun Jae tries to adjust to her new life, her red shoes begin causing all sorts of problems for her. Sun Jae's knight in shining armor seems to come in the form of In Cheol (Kim Sung Soo), a good-looking interior designer who quickly develops feelings for the film's heroine. Together will they be able to uncover the secret behind the enigmatic red shoes or will they somehow succumb to its terrifying power?

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Product Title: The Red Shoes (Hong Kong Version) 紅鞋咒 (香港版) 红鞋咒 (香港版) 赤い靴 The Red Shoes (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Kim Hye Soo (Actor) | Kim Sung Soo (Actor) 金 慧秀 (Actor) | 金成秀 (Actor) 金 慧秀 (Actor) | 金成秀 (Actor) キム・ヘス (Actor) | キム・ソンス (Actor) 김혜수 (Actor) | 김 성수 (Actor)
Director: Kim Yong Kyun 金 容均 金 容均 キム・ヨンギュン Kim Yong Kyun
Release Date: 2006-01-16
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Place of Origin: South Korea
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Widescreen Anamorphic: Yes
Sound Information: DTS Digital Surround, Dolby Digital
Disc Format(s): DVD, DVD-9
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Rating: IIB
Duration: 105 (mins)
Publisher: Asia Video (HK)
Package Weight: 140 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1004107837

Product Information

* Screen Format: 16:9 (Anamorphic Widescreen)
* Sound Mix: DTS ES, Dolby Digital EX
* DVD Type: DVD-9

導演:金容[居見]
Director: Kim Yong Gyun

  30出頭的眼科醫生申宰,與任職律師的丈夫韓誠俊和六歲女兒泰秀一起生活,表面上看來牛活無憂,但申宰的內心卻感到無限寂寞,與丈夫的關係更漸見疏離。一次發現丈夫有外遇,對方更穿著自己喜愛的藍色皮鞋,怒不可遏之下,申宰就帶同女兒離家出走,從此過著新生活。後來,她遇上了室內設計師曹寅哲,二人日漸萌生愛意。

  一天申宰在地鐵站拾得一雙艷麗的紅鞋,帶回家後除了悉心保管之餘更不讓女兒觸摸。每當穿上這雙紅鞋,她就格外顯得有女人味,寅哲亦因此更迷戀她,令她更沉溺地上紅鞋。而紅鞋的魅力更惹來申宰的女兒和好友美喜的覬覦。自始兩母女的行為態度變得古怪之餘,關係更每況愈下;而美喜更因偷去紅鞋而死於非命。一連串怪事頻生後申宰開始懷疑這對紅鞋的詛咒,為了自己和女兒的安危,她決展開追查紅鞋咒之旅。

Sun-joe, on eye-doctor-turned-housewife finds her cold, inattentive husband cheating on her. Abandoning her affluent suburban life, she moves into a decrepit studio apartment with her six-year-old daughter Tae-so. Preparing to resume her medical career. Sun-jae is befriended by on interior designer, in-cheol.

  Her life, however, plunges into an abyss of paranoia and nightmare offer she picks up a pair of pink shoes lying about inside a subway car. not only have this pair of shoes apparently performed wholly unnecessary amputation surgeries on the select individuals foolish enough to wear them. they also become objects of unhealthy obsession for the ballet-dancing tyke Tae-soo and Sun-jae's dearest friend. Soon mother and daughter behave weirdly about the possession of the high-heeled monstrosity and her friend tragically dies of the shoe-theft. After a series of strange events have taken place, Sun-jae starts to doubt about the curse of the shoes. In order to protect her daughter and herself, she decides to find out the truth behind the RED SHOES.
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Professional Review of "The Red Shoes (Hong Kong Version)"

October 12, 2005

This professional review refers to The Red Shoes Theatrical Version + DVD Version DTS
Although ostensibly inspired by the Hans Christian Andersen fairytale, The Red Shoes is clearly yet another entry in the recent wave of South Korean horror films based around cursed objects and long haired female ghosts. In fact, it is an almost archetypal example of this depressingly overpopulated subgenre, working through a checklist of its clichés, motifs and themes, to the point where the viewer could be forgiven for forgetting which film they were actually watching.

Although eminently predictable, and without a single frame of originality, The Red Shoes is at least not dull, and unlike other recent examples of the type, such as "The Wig", it grounds itself firmly within the horror genre, with plenty of blood and cheap scares for genre fans. Reasonably well made and with an effective gothic atmosphere, The Red Shoes offers those willing to retread familiar ground a slice of undemanding entertainment which, in all fairness, succeeds in its modest ambitions and rises above the soul sucking indolence of the vast majority of its contemporaries.

Set in Seoul, the film follows Sun Jae (Kim Hye Soo, also in Three: Memories) who, after catching her husband with another woman, moves into a decrepit old apartment building along with her young daughter, Tae Soo. Struggling to settle into this new life, Sun Jae comes across a strange pair of red shoes whilst on the subway, and decides to take them home. Unfortunately, the shoes turn out to be cursed, and exert a sinister power over all those who come into contact with them, leading to expected deaths and disaster. Eventually, with Tae Soo's life hanging in the balance, Sun Jae and new interior designer boyfriend Cheol (Kim Sung Soo) desperately try to unravel the mystery of the shoes before it's too late.

The plot is instantly recognisable, even to viewers with only a passing acquaintance with modern Asian horror, and The Red Shoes lifts elements from a variety of other films, most obviously Dark Water and fellow South Korean screamer Phone. The narrative holds no surprises whatsoever, clearly telegraphing every development and would-be twist, from the heroine's discovery of the shoes, through her initial disbelief and confusion, to the inevitable climax, complete with the regulatory wide eyed hysteria and self defeating lack of logic.

To his credit, writer/director Kim Yong Gyun does at least make an effort to flesh out the characters somewhat, and manages to balance quite skilfully the early domestic scenes with the growing supernatural influences. The plot is well paced, and moves along gracefully if not fast, though as with many other films of its kind, the investigative element is initiated too late, relying wholly on contrivance, with ridiculous new characters being introduced solely for the purpose of exposition.

The film's greatest asset is the fact that the director never loses sight that The Red Shoes is indeed a horror film, and includes a fair bit of action to keep things interesting. Initially, this revolves around a series of macabre dreams and ghostly visions, some of which are genuinely startling, containing some fairly clever symbolism as well as literally gallons of blood. There are a handful of creative deaths scattered throughout the film, mostly involving the chopping off of legs, which adds an amusing, grotesque twist and puts the viewer in a far more forgiving mood.

There is an effort to imbue the shoes themselves with an interesting malevolence, wisely relying not upon their own animation, but their influence over the characters, twisting their passions and bringing out their darker sides. This is done quite effectively, especially in terms of the relationship between Sun Jae and her daughter, which degenerates into some fairly disturbing domestic violence.

The film is visually quite rich, and the director makes considerable effort to dress up the proceedings with a shadowy gothic flair, attempting to evoke the feeling of a modern fairy tale. This is done quite successfully, with good use of subdued light and a tendency to blur the surroundings and horizon, giving a real feeling of isolation, as if the film takes place in an unreal world of its own. As well as the dream sequences, there are a number of surreal touches, most notably a scene where it snows blood, which helps to generate an unsettling atmosphere which somehow manages to compliment the film's basic lack of sense.

Of course, it is questionable whether or not such stylistics are enough to compensate for the film's overriding lack of originality. No matter how hard the director tries, The Red Shoes remains little more than the latest in a long line of similar films, albeit better than most. Although well made, entertaining and genuinely creepy in places, it struggles to achieve any kind of significance or to shake off the immediate reaction that this has all been seen before.

Movie Grade: 3/5

By James - BeyondHollywood.com

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Customer Review of "The Red Shoes (Hong Kong Version)"

Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 4 - 4 out of 10 (1)
Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 7 - 7 out of 10 (5)

Kevin Kennedy
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October 23, 2009

Fire your agent, Kim Hye Su! Customer Review Rated Bad 4 - 4 out of 10
First things first. The shoes are pink, folks, not red! But I guess "The Pink Shoes" isn't much of a title for a horror movie. I bought this movie for one reason: To watch Kim Hye Su, one of my favorite actresses. But watching her in this movie just made me feel sorry for her. The real horror here is how such a fine actress got stuck in such a bomb of a movie.

As the movie opens we see a girl waiting for a subway train. Inexplicably, she finds on the subway platform a pair of pink pumps. Go figure. She tries them on and likes them, but then her schoolmate arrives and steals them from her. The schoolmate walks away down a long, creepy hallway ... heading for a terrible fate. Those darn shoes! Next Sun Jae (Kim Hye Su) finds the dreaded pink pumps on a subway train. Being a shoe fetishist, she can't resist them and brings them home ... but then things begin to go seriously wrong in her life. Sun Jae tries to get rid of the horrible heels, but, like a bad penny, they just keep turning up.

Naturally, these shoes have their own background story involving a fateful love triangle in 1940s occupation-era Korea. And, of course, there's a creepy old lady in the basement. And, assuredly, all of the lighting fixtures flicker on and off at strategically appropriate times. (Gee, that's original.) Inevitably poor Miss Kim is reduced to playing an interminable mad scene. Don't worry, Kim Hye Su -- I won't hold this dud against you!
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June 3, 2006

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Chilling movie Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
I loved the beginning bit of the movie because it was really freaky.The story line got a bit confusing at the end but its still a great movie.If anyone wants to know a scary korean movie this is one you have to see
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November 7, 2005

This customer review refers to The Red Shoes Theatrical Version + DVD Version DTS
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What Happened to the Subtitles?? Customer Review Rated Bad 7 - 7 out of 10
My subtitles disappeared towards the end of the movie. Did this happen to anyone else! Dang.. that was annoying!
Overall, the film will be remembered more for its arty, eye candy, spit-shined polished photography and direction than it will its narrative. Film school directing buffs will have a heyday collecting shots and sequences that they can pinch for their 4th year final film. Budding screenwriters won't have it so lucky. Issues of plotting and story become a wee bit uninvolving and out of focus in reel two - plot point one is the woman inviting her interior decorator to dinner for what is the beginning of a relationship. Ahhh I'm no Robert Towne, but something a little deeper, heavier and more forebodding could have been written for the entrance into reel two, especially in a film that lovingly boasts scenes of girls legs being amputated whilst in cotton-candy colored pumps.

But that's knit picking. OK.. A Tale of Two Sisters this is definitely not, at least in terms of narrative, but is it worth the $$$$ layout? Quite so. From a fans standpoint, the acting is fine, and the many scenes of dramatic conflict between the leads generally well-handled and real. And speaking of which, let's hear it for the first-ever mother vs young kid daughter sprawling catfight.
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September 19, 2005

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2 people found this review helpful

The Purple Shoes Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10
Hmmm.... started out alright, but towards the midddle and ending, it just became a boring, long and senseless movie. The many "scared" faces of the leading actress also got tiring and laughable.
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September 9, 2005

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good Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
I saw this movie while I was in korea during july.. Kim Hye Su I thought had a great role in this movie and it was freaky.. If you do watch this movie, watch it with the volume on HIGH!!!!
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