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Epitaph

General info
Original title: Gidam (기담)
Country: South Korea
Year: 2007
Genre: Drama, Horror
IMDB Rating: 6 346 votes
Plot: Browsing an old photo book in 1979, Park Jeong-nam travels back with his memories to 1942, when Korea was occupied by Japan, when he was a young and immature intern doctor in Anseong Hospital. During those four days, strange events will happen, when corpses brought to the mortuary aren't able to rest in piece.

Three intertwined stories follow, starting in reverse order (the second starts the day before):

One: While awaiting for his bride-to-be to arrive from Japan (the daughter of the hospital's director), Jeong-nam is fascinated by a recently diseased young woman. He spends time near the corpse in the morgue and draws her face. It's then time for the diseased to return his appreciation.

Two: Asako is a young girl who was the only survivor of a car accident which killed all her family. She doesn't speak and apparents to be in a state of shock, but what the doctors can't see is that she's drowning in guilt and being visited by the ghost of her mother.

Three: Serial killings of Japanese soldiers continue and a married couple, Kim Dong-won and Kim In-yeong, both surgeons, are involved in the autopsies. Meanwhile, Dong-won finds out that his wife has no shadow, and that the killer is much nearer than he could possibly imagine.

  • The film's production designers, Min-bok Lee and Yu-jeong Kim, were nominated for a 2008 Asian Film Award for the work in 'Epitaph'

  • Epitaph is noted for its classic portrayal of Kyongseong (now Seoul) life in the 1940s, when Japanese cultural influences remained strong.

  • A few techniques used by the directors to recreate the 1937 setting were:
    - utilizing 16mm film
    - utilizing vintage camera from that era
    - placing scratches and dust on the film surface.
Movie info
Language: Korean
Colormode: Color
Running time: 98

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Epitaph
Lunapark6, by luna6 source: http://lunapark6.com/epitaph-the-last-breath-gidam.html
«“Epitaph” is simply a gorgeous film, that also brings about moderate amounts of chills and a heavy dose of interest as it weaves its complex tale. Check this one out, as you’ve likely found your new favorite Korean horror film.»
beyondhollywood.com, By James Mudge source: http://www.beyondhollywood.com/epitaph-2007-movie-review/
«“Epitaph” not only as the best Korean horror film of 2007, by quite a long way, but as one of the best of any genre. Masterfully constructed and directed, it is one of the rare cases which sees directors willing to push the envelope and attempt to really unnerve viewers by aiming for the mind, heart and stomach at the same time. »
Variety, By JONATHAN HOLLAND source: http://www.variety.com/review/VE1117935028.html?categoryid=31&cs=1&p=0
«Auds seeking thrilling images and a chilled spine will find the largely hospital-set K-horror item "Epitaph" just what the doctor ordered. But those who like their effects grounded in anything more solid will be disappointed by the Jeong Brothers' debut, a grab bag of decent but underdeveloped ideas into which the writing-directing duo have thrown all their personal and filmic obsessions.»
Koreanfilm.org, by Kyu Hyun Kim source: http://www.koreanfilm.org/kfilm07.html#epitaph
«Epitaph, while not quite as grandiloquently entertaining as Black House, nonetheless will make a significant contribution to rehabilitating K-horror's international reputation. With this fastidious, refined yet emotionally satisfying Gothic horror piece, the Jeong Brothers have successfully proven that they are talents to watch out for in the future, their debt to Park Chan-wook notwithstanding.»
masterly master lee source: http://masterleemovies.wordpress.com/2008/01/10/epitaph-기담-2007/
«Epitaph gives a truly functional take on the human condition by forcing its audience to consider and meditate upon life, death and coping with loss. This is probably the most thought-provoking horror movie ever made in Korea»
Slant Magazine, by Nick Schager source: http://www.slantmagazine.com/film/film_review.asp?ID=3540
«Epitaph—with its jumbled chronology, dull repetitions, corny otherworldly melodrama, and general lack of imagination—is about the way an initially promising genre cannibalizes itself until there's nothing left except the tattered remains of once-effective conventions and the rapidly fading memories of superior scares gone by.»
HorrorMovies.ca, by Luke Franklin source: http://www.horror-movies.ca/horror_reviews_5550.htm
« It has all those great elements that the first wave of fantastic horror films from the East brought us. The special FX are very effective, the atmosphere is spot on, and the soundtrack is one of the best. It all combines to make for one hell of a fun ride. »

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Filmmakers

Sik, JeongSIK Jeong
director/writer
Jeong, Beom-SikJEONG Beom-Sik
director/writer
Dorothy Film
studio
Persons

Cast

Jin, KuJIN Ku
as Jeong-nam Park
Kim, Tae-WooKIM Tae-Woo
as Dong-won Kim
Lee, Dong-KyuLEE Dong-Kyu
as Su-in Lee
Kim, Bo-KyeongKIM Bo-Kyeong
as In-yeong Kim
KO Ju-Yeon
as Asako
Kim, Eung-SuKIM Eung-Su
as Akiyama
YE Soo-Jung
YEO Ji
JEONG Jin-an
Jae-Hwan, ChoiJAE-HWAN Choi
KONG Ho-Seok
Jeon, Mu-SongJEON Mu-Song
MCINNIS David Lee
as Father
Park, Ji-aPARK Ji-a
as Mother
Uhm, Ji-WonUHM Ji-Won



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