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This edition includes behind-the-scenes, cast interview, premiere and trailer.
|Product Title:||The Silenced (DVD) (Korea Version) The Silenced (DVD) (韓國版) The Silenced (DVD) (韩国版) 京城学校：消えた少女たち (DVD) (韓国版) 사라진 소녀들 (DVD) (한국판)|
|Also known as:||京城學校：消失的少女們 京城学校：消失的少女们|
|Artist Name(s):||Uhm Ji Won (Actor) | Park Bo Young (Actor) | Park So Dam (Actor) 嚴智媛 (Actor) | 朴寶英 (Actor) | Park So Dam (Actor) 严智媛 (Actor) | 朴宝英 (Actor) | Park So Dam (Actor) オム・ジウォン (Actor) | パク・ボヨン (Actor) | パク・ソダム (Actor) 엄지원 (Actor) | 박보영 (Actor) | 박소담 (Actor)|
|Director:||Lee Hae Yeong 李海英 李海英 Lee Hae Yeong 이해영|
|Country of Origin:||South Korea|
|Picture Format:||NTSC What is it?|
|Region Code:||3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?|
|Other Information:||1 Disc|
|Shipment Unit:||1 What is it?|
|YesAsia Catalog No.:||1049954864|
*Screen Format: 1.85:1 ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN
*Sound Mix: Dolby Digital 5.1
* 미스터리 현장 비하인드 영상 ( 3분 24초 )
* 배우인터뷰 (엄지원, 박보영) ( 9분 24초 )
* VIP 시사회 ( 5분 19초 )
* 예고편 ( 01분 33초 )
외부와 단절된 경성의 한 기숙학교.
어릴 때부터 몸이 약했던 주란(박보영)이 계모 손에 이끌려 전학을 온다. 낯설고 고립된 학교에서 주눅이 든 주란은 좀처럼 학교에 적응하지 못하고, 친구들은 이유를 말해주지 않은 채 그녀를 외면한다. 그런 주란에게 다가와 주는 이는 오직 급장 연덕(박소담)과 교장(엄지원)뿐이었다. 연덕과 금세 가까워진 주란은 그녀와 함께 갈 수 있다는 생각에 우수학생만 갈 수 있는 도쿄 유학까지 꿈꾸게 된다. 그러던 어느 날 학생들이 하나 둘 이상 증세를 보이다 흔적도 없이 사라지기 시작한다. 주란은 사라진 소녀들을 목격하지만 아무도 그녀의 말을 믿어주지 않고, 교장도 아무 일 없었다는 듯 우수학생 선발에만 힘쓸 뿐이다. 학교에서 벌어지는 사건들에 의문을 품은 주란, 하지만 곧 주란에게도 사라진 소녀들과 동일한 이상 증세가 나타나기 시작하는데…
1938년 기록조차 될 수 없었던 미스터리가 드러난다!
여성 캐릭터 부흥기를 이어받는다!
박보영 + 엄지원,
변신이 기다려지는 두 여배우의 격돌
어리지만 깊은 내공을 자랑하는 박보영과 다양한 필모그래피를 통해 연기력을 인정받은 엄지원의 뜨거운 에너지가 격돌한다.
<과속 스캔들>로 혜성 같이 데뷔한 이후 <늑대소년>, <피끓는 청춘> 등에서 탄탄한 연기력과 싱그러운 매력을 과시하며 흥행 파워까지 인정받은 20대 대표 여배우 박보영. <경성학교: 사라진 소녀들>에서 기숙학교에 전학 온 소녀 주란 역을 맡아 그간 보여주지 않았던 얼굴을 드러낸다. 사라지는 소녀들을 보는 유일한 목격자 주란은 학교의 비밀에 다가갈수록 혼란에 빠지게 되는 인물로, 박보영은 병약했던 소녀에서 감정이 폭발하는 모습까지 자유자재로 오가며 주란의 급격한 변화를 탁월하게 표현해냈다. 이해영 감독은 “주란은 영화에서 제일 큰 변화를 갖는 캐릭터이다. 감정적인 소모가 굉장히 많았음에도 불구하고 박보영은 끝까지 자기 페이스를 잃지 않았다”라며 무서운 집중력을 발휘한 박보영을 향해 박수를 보냈다. 또 “이 영화로 관객들은 이제껏 보지 못했던 박보영의 새로운 얼굴을 만나게 될 것”이라고 전해 그녀의 연기 변신에 대한 기대감을 더욱 증폭시키고 있다.
드라마 [싸인]의 강력계 여검사, <박수건달>의 명보살, <소원>의 평범한 엄마까지 폭넓은 연기 스펙트럼을 자랑하며 거침없는 연기 변신을 선보여온 엄지원이 비밀을 간직한 교장 역을 맡아 또 한번 대중에게 놀라움을 안겨줄 예정이다. 교장은 온화하고 지적이며 기품 넘치는 외모로 모든 학생들에게 동경의 대상이지만 이면에는 검은 속내를 감추고 있는 이중적인 인물이다. 엄지원은 특유의 우아한 면모와 강렬한 카리스마로 베일에 싸인 교장 캐릭터에 숨결을 불어넣었다. 또한 제작 초기, 적었던 일본어 대사 분량을 늘리자고 먼저 제안할 정도로 시대성이 살아있는 캐릭터를 위해 섬세한 노력을 기울이며 남다른 연기 열정을 보여주기도 했다. “외모, 목소리, 에너지까지 박보영과는 또 다른 색깔로 긴장감을 만들어주었기 때문에 영화가 풍부해질 수 있었다”는 이해영 감독의 말처럼 관객들은 엄지원으로 인해 한층 풍성하고 단단해진 영화를 만날 수 있을 것이다.
어떤 캐릭터도 생동감 있게 표현해내는 두 여배우 박보영, 엄지원이 만들어 낸 <경성학교: 사라진 소녀들>은 또 한 편의 강렬한 여성 투톱 영화의 탄생을 알리며 여성 캐릭터 부흥 시대를 활짝 열 것이다.
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The setup for The Silenced certainly sounds familiar, revolving around a newcomer investigating mysterious disappearances and strange goings-on an a all-girl boarding school, conjuring visions of the Whispering Corridors franchise and a hundred other conventional modern Korean ghost films. Thankfully, the third feature from writer director Lee Hae-yeong does at least in part go down a different route, showing some of the inventiveness and defiance of conventions that characterised his award-winning 2006 debut Like a Virgin and his 2010 follow-up Foxy Festival. Unusually for this kind of genre mystery, the film had a strong showing at awards ceremonies, winning a number of nominations and prizes at the Grand Bell and Blue Dragon Awards in Korea.
Set in 1938 in Japan-occupied Korea, the film stars Park Bo-young (A Werewolf Boy) as Joo Ran, a young woman from a rich family suffering from a debilitating health condition, who is sent to a remote rural school in order to recuperate. Although she begins to feel stronger after settling in at the school, thanks in part to her new friendship with classmate friend Yeon Deok (Park So-dam, Steel Cold Winter), she soon starts to realise that something is not quite right, with several girls having gone missing of late, including one who strangely enough has the same name as her. Suffering from terrifying hallucinations and suspecting that the headmistress (Uhm Ji-won, Foxy Festival) may have something to do with the disappearances, Joo Ran starts an investigation, leading her to uncover a series of dark secrets.
The Silenced starts off treading a very worn path and very much in the manner of a traditional Korean ghost film, with an instantly recognisable school setting and young female cast, the usual mysteries and creepy visions, along with themes of bullying and isolation. Thankfully, although it does stick to this for most of the running time in terms of its structure, the film is a quietly impressive example of good storytelling, Lee Hae-yeong hitting all the right beats and subtly invoking slow-burn tension, using the Japanese colonial time period for an air of oppression and mistrust. Though the journey is familiar almost to a fault, the film does have a pleasingly different resolution, and while some may well see the last act twists coming thanks to some fairly obvious clues early on, there are a few welcome surprises en route to its satisfying conclusion.
Lee is clearly aiming for atmospheric chills rather than cheap frights, and the film performs well in this regard, feeling doom-laden and eerie throughout its efficiently short running time. There are a few scares thrown in here and there, and while none of these are particularly creative, they do provide the jolts required to maintain a sense of threat. Some great production values really help in this regard, and the film is a handsomely made affair, Lee doing a great job of shooting the local countryside and the ominously grand school for maximum disquieting effect. Special mention should also go to some very accomplished and unnerving use of lighting, for which Kim Min Jae deservedly won for a Grand Bell award for, and which gives the film's locations a wonderfully understated gothic and shadowy look.
Although the film can be a little confusing in places due to its character all wearing the exact same clothes and having very similar hairstyles, deliberately so, uniformity being a key theme, the cast are generally impressive, Park Bo-young showing more range than in the far more melodramatic A Werewolf Boy and making Joo Ran an engaging, if generic protagonist. Uhm Ji-won also does well and adds pathos to her ambiguous role, as does Park So Dan, who won Best New Actress at Busan Film Critics' Awards and was nominated at the Grand Bell Awards for performance.
Despite never really offering anything really new, The Silenced is nevertheless a very enjoyable piece of genre filmmaking, and another interesting offering from Lee Hae-yeong. While not at the level of the classic A Tale of Two Sisters, it's definitely one of the better films of its type from Korea in recent times, and even those understandably tired of the form should enjoy its well-judged menace.
by James Mudge - EasternKicks.com
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May 18, 2016
The Japanese occupation (1910-1945) was a dark period for Koreans who were subjected to cruel repression and abuse. Lee Hae Young (Like a Virgin, Foxy Festival) gives voice to young victims of the time to make a stand against the Japanese invaders in his third feature The Silenced. Rather than creating a simple suspense mystery, Lee added supernatural elements to dramatize the story. Park Bo Young stars as an ill young woman who takes an important role in representing young victims' opposition to the Japanese occupation, while Uhm Ji Won, who was honored with Best Supporting Actress at the Chunsa Film Art Awards, plays the wicked headmistress and Park So Dam, who won Best New Actress at the Busan Film Critics Awards, portrays the heroine's best friend.
During the Japanese occupation period, Joo Ran (Park Bo Young) is sent to a remote boarding school to recover from her chronic illness. Though she is not welcomed by other students, one of her classmates Yeon Deok (Park So Dam) helps her adjust to the new environment and soon becomes her friend. For the sake of the students' health, the headmistress (Uhm Ji Won) arranges regular medication and injections for the students. Though Joo Ran's health condition improves, her body undergoes abnormal changes including a sudden increase in strength and insensitivity to pain. Meanwhile, she starts to have hallucinations about other boarding school students who went missing. Joo Ran and Yeon Deok sneak into the headmistress's office and discover that the girls' disappearances are related to inhuman experiments.
Watching The Silenced is like riding a roller coaster: calm yet nervous at first, and then unexpectedly exciting when it rapidly descends. At the beginning of the film, an uneasy feeling is created when an unknown girl in an eerie red dress visits a strange boarding school up on a mysterious mountain. Though the feeling of nervousness continues with scenes of long hallways and dimly lit stairways, the disquiet is temporarily relieved by the breathtaking mountain scenery outside the school and the warm friendship between Joo Ran and Yeon Deok. When Joo Ran starts to have hallucinations about the missing girls, the mood suddenly turns creepy, and the film eventually surprises audiences with its dramatic plot twist.
Despite the overly exaggerated ending in which Joo Rans take revenge for the other girls, Park Bo Young, who is known to play sweet and innocent roles, gets a chance to expand her acting range through the dramatic plot. Uhm Ji Won's sweet voice and kind image, which provide a striking contrast to the headmistress's evil heart, are also important in establishing the apparent peace of the boarding school.
Although the plot is unrealistic, The Silenced creates a heroine that expresses anger over the dark history of the Japanese occupation. Lee is also sensitive to the use of lighting and composition to maintain a spooky mood throughout the film. As a suspense mystery with a familiar theme about missing people in a boarding school, The Silenced does bring surprises with its unexpected plot development, sci-fi elements and dark history.
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December 12, 2017
Another dark ominous domicile
In 1938 at the time of Japanese occupation Ju-ran (Bo-young Park) enters a large gothic type ‘cathedral’ for convalescence at Kyeongseong sanatorium, to cure her ill health of TB. Ju-ran’s father sends her there fearing the disease after her mother had died. The institution is sponsored by a Japanese military academy and run by an amiable but oddly reassuring headmistress (Ji-won Uhm) who instructs the girls in good morals, physical exercise and to take peculiar daily medications to cure their ills, and when returned to good health two are frequently selected for the academy, bestowed upon them by Japanese military benefactor Kenji (Hee-seop Shim). Ju-ran is also given a Japanese name of Shizuko, as also other ‘inmates’ having alternative Japanese names. Ju-ran, a modestly quiet girl depressingly self uncertain of her health, is befriended by Yeon-doek (So-dam Park) an aspiring athletic at the school’s outdoor gymnastics, who due to Ju-ran’s fragility and ‘weirdness’, wishes to encourage her health. Another girl Yuka (Ye-ji Kong) harbours grave misgivings of the disappearance of a boarder also with a Japanese name Shizuko, who was recently ‘selected’. Yuko becomes curious why Ju-ran is also named Shizuko and also oddly impervious to pain. Yuka criticises Yeon-deok’s sudden indifference of Shizuko when befriending Ju-ran. Shizuko, Yuka and Yeon-deok had become close friends to the point of love and Shizuko’s sudden disappearance disturbs Yuka how Shizuko was also unable to feel physical pain (like Ju-ran’s now duplicate symptoms) and that something is very wrong about the ‘selection’ process. Due to this Ju-ran becomes the object of bullying at a private ‘secret garden’ meeting place. Why is Ju-ran odd and impervious to pain? Reasons somewhat connected to the absent Shizuko?
Later in a classroom a girl Kihara (Bo-bi Joo) is stricken by an angered fit when Ju-ran innocently asks a negative question of the whereabouts of Shizuko. Kihara lunges at Ju-ran and attempts to strangle her, then suffering an horrendous fit. Ju-ran later encounters Kihara who apologies for her misdeed but cannot understand why she’d done so. With contestant medication administered by the headmistress, Ju-ran begins to get further odd side effects - hotness, heaviness in her chest and lesser feelings of pain - all familiar to Yeon-deok and Yuka; the same symptoms of Shizuko before disappearing. Also Ju-ran begins to see apparitions of Shizuko and other girls begin to go ‘missing’.
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Ju-ran’s hazardous experience
As mystery deepens Yeon-deok, eavesdropping a heated conversation between the headmistress and Kenji, discovers a dark secret of what’s really happening to girls at the sanatorium, that horrifies her to the soul’s core.
By the introductory overhead camera shots of the mountainous Kyeongseong forest and Ju-ran entering the opulent decor of the large sanatorium boarding school - its wide view dark wooden floors menacing and desirous at the same instant - you’re in no doubt that a rich, nostalgic K-horror awaits. Nostalgic by K-movie motifs of Whispering Corridors red gob stopper ‘treat’, an early indicator of the ‘Yeo-go-kuei-dam’ school horror series and by the visually rich gothic atmosphere, The Silenced is logical horror shifting genre type. But even though considering the Japanese occupation setting, I never suspected such an excessive outcome (not Yonggary...but). On the onset all this could suggest a haunting psychological out-of-comfort zone theatric by Ju-ran’s depressing ill health. But the ritual display of ‘flower’ medication and Ju-ran’s suspicions running riot due to her unusual medicinal ‘side effects’, an increasing biohazard picture ensues. The ‘ghost’ elements are progressive and logical considering what such medication would be doing to the ‘selected’ girl’s psychical minds, the supernatural juxtaposed by chemical nerve invasion. There are interesting subtle aspects, too, by Ju-ran and Yeon-deok’s relationship that amidst a strange environment the two girls, when naturally relating to one another at the lake scene, Ju-an’s ‘ill health’ is somewhat ‘cured’ - she doesn't cough up blood suddenly - to display that maybe the rich natural environment and friendship, the sense of freedom/belonging shifted Ju-an’s ill fixed mind towards happiness and true health.
But that sweet subtlety is fleeting as an inevitable darker end awaits, and if having no idea what’s to come, will surprise, shock (and most likely bring natural mirth to certain bits) by the excessive conclusion. The Silenced is a very good movie - if you like mystery K-horror types (Whispering Corridors, Yoga, Two Moons, The Cat and the like) you’ll like this. Albeit awarded honour as been bestowed, much rightful credit to the acting and screen play. The Silenced is an ominous theme that leans to satire and symbol (Ji-won’s ‘hanging’ motif suggestive of the Christ tabular motif in ‘Haunters’) and screen writer Hae-young Lee who gave us ‘Arahan’ its good to get.