"Why didn't that little girl win the Korean equivalent of an Oscar for her performance?"
- Mighty Peking Man
The Phone (2002)
Director: Ahn Byeong-Gi
Cast: Ha Ji-Won, Kim Yu-Mi, Choi Wu-Je, Choi Je-Yeon, Eon Seo-Woo
Running Time: 102 min.
Plot: A woman dies mysteriously after receiving threatening calls on her cell phone. After her death, her friend begins investigating, and subsequently begins receiving threatening calls on the the dead woman's phone. Will she be next in line?
Availability: This title is available at HKflix.com
MIGHTY PEKING MAN'S REVIEW: Ahhh shit... I'm beginning to think that all of these new-wave Asian horror flicks are pretty much the same song and dance. They practically follow the same recipe; so if you're interested in making your own version someday, gather up these goodies and/or ideas:
Out of all the the films of this particular genre, The Phone is the weakest. It's also the only one that has a "Hollywood" feel to it, and with a movie like this, that's NOT necessarily good. One thing this film does have going for it is how interesting it gets towards the last 30-minutes. However, by that time, it's too late; because you'll naturally remind yourself of all the stupid bullshit you had to sit through to get to the good stuff (unless you're a reviewer from kfccinema.com). If it's true that a good movie could be ruined by a bad ending, then the same can be said about a bad movie with a good ending.
Anyhow, before I end this half-assed review, here are a few more things I asked myself when the credits rolled:
MIGHTY PEKING MAN'S RATING: 3/10