The Phone


"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?

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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:

  • One pale-white dead babe with long, black hair (white gown, optional).
  • Two or more cute school girls (the more, the better).
  • Some kind of communication device (i.e. computer, television set, phone).
  • Main character who figures out everything just because they're a news reporter.
  • Long, multiple flash-backs.

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 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:

  • Why didn't that little girl win the Korean equivalent of an Oscar for her performance?
  • Does hair really grow after you die? And if it does, does it grow a mile long?
  • When it comes to relationships, which ones are more psychotic: Men or women?
  • Does Yo Yo Mung have a twin sister in South Korea?
  • Why the hell did I watch this film instead of 1 of the 5 un-opened Shaw Brothers flicks sitting on my shelf?