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Voice (film)

Voice
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Hangul 여고괴담 4: 목소리
Revised Romanization Yeogogoedam 4: moksori
McCune–Reischauer Yŏgogoedam 4: moksori
Directed by Choi Ik-hwan
Produced by Lee Choon-yun
Lee Mi-yeong
Written by Choi Ik-hwan
Starring Kim Ok-bin
Seo Ji-hye
Cha Ye-ryun
Music by Lee Byung-hoon
Jang Young-gyu
Cinematography Kim Yong-heung
Edited by Kim Sun-min
Distributed by Cinema Service
Release dates
  • July 15, 2005 (2005-07-15)
Running time 104 minutes
Country South Korea
Language Korean
Box office US$2,920,187[1]

Voice (Hangul: 여고괴담 4: 목소리; RR: Yeogo goedam 4: Moksori; also known as Whispering Corridors 4: Voice and Voice Letter) is a 2005 South Korean horror film, and the fourth installment of the Whispering Corridors film series. This film was the debut film for its three young actresses, as well as director Choi Ik-hwan, who had served as an assistant director on the first film.[2][3][4]

It was screened at the 2006 San Francisco Korean American Film Festival.[5]

Contents

  • Plot 1
  • Cast 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Plot

Young-eon (Kim Ok-bin), the top singer at an all-girls school, is murdered by a music sheet cutting her throat in the opening scene. The next day nobody can see or hear her except her friend Seon-min (Seo Ji-hye) who is able to hear her. After Young-eon convinces Seon-min that it is her voice that can be heard the two attempt to find out what happened to Young-eon. Seon-min begins speculating that the music teacher must have killed Young-eon. The mystery behind her death is slowly unraveled as Young-eon has flashbacks of life before her death.

Seon-min befriends a lonely and strange girl at school named Cho-ah (Cha Ye-ryun), who can hear the voices of the dead, and she helps the two solve the incident. Soon after, the music teacher kills herself. Seon-min begins to doubt what Young-eon says after Cho-ah tells her that ghosts only remember what they want to, revealing that Young-eon's memory may be incorrect. There seems to be another ghost haunting the school, one that the two friends suspect must be Young-eon's murderer. Later, Young-eon's body is found in the elevator, the same elevator that a previous student died in. We learn that Young-eon was alive all this time in a sleeping state but died when a student accidentally dropped a cart down the elevator shaft onto her neck.

Young-eon is running out of time to discover who the other ghost is; if her friend forgets about her then she will lose her voice. Some of the flashbacks include her mother, who is shown to be in a hospital. In one flashback, she talks to her mother about how as soon as she is old enough she will learn to drive. Another features how her mother committed suicide by jumping off the top of the hospital. In the end it is revealed that Young-eon drove her mother to suicide. It is also shown that Young-eon might have multiple personality disorder due to the trauma and guilt of encouraging her mother to kill herself. We see Young-eon bring tears to her music teacher's eyes when she asks the teacher to sing, leading the teacher to contemplate suicide.

It turns out that Young-eon had been hearing the voices of her teacher and of the ghost, Hyo-jung (Im Hyeon-kyeong), the whole time, and Young-eon wanted the teacher dead to get rid of Hyo-jung's voice. Hyo-jung was a student and a former top singer at the school. She fell in love with the music teacher. Hyo-jung has the same voice as Young-eon and they are both recorded in a song.

We come to the conclusion that Hyo-jung shot the music sheet at Young-eon`s throat in the first scene out of anger at losing her voice. Seon-min thinks Young-eon should move on and "cross over". This angers Young-eon, since she wants nothing more than to live again. Not long after, Young-eon kills Cho-ah and takes over Seon-min's body. The last scene is of Young-eon in Seon-min's body talking to her reflection at her locker, and then walking alongside Seon-min's mother, talking about how as soon as she is old enough she will learn to drive.

At the very end of the movie (when the credits are rolling) we can see Cho-ah shouting but voiceless.

Cast

References

  1. ^ "Yeogo goedam 4: Moksori (Whispering Corridor 4: Voice)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved March 4, 2012.
  2. ^ Elley, Derek (August 28, 2005). "Voice"Review: .  
  3. ^ "K-FILM REVIEWS: 목소리 (Voice)".  
  4. ^ Kim, Kyu Hyun. "Voice". Koreanfilm.org. Retrieved November 17, 2014. 
  5. ^ Kim, Kyu Hyun (February 9, 2006). "An Interview with Actress Cha Ye-ryun and Producer Lee Choon-yun". Koreanfilm.org. Retrieved November 17, 2014. 

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