Wishing Stairs in Korean with English Subtitles (DVD)

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Wishing Stairs in Korean with English Subtitles (DVD)

 

The South Korean "Ghost School" trilogy comes to a close with Wishing Stairs, a typically creepy example of modern Asian horror. First-time director Yoon Jae-Yeon was fresh out of film school when she signed on for this commercial assignment, and her rookie status makes this a lesser entry in the "Asian Extreme" genre, following the trilogy's previous installments, Whispering Corridors and Memento Mori. Still, fine performances and attention to psychological detail make this an effectively eerie study of peer pressure, classroom cruelty, and blind ambition in a girls' art school, where three aspiring ballerinas make fateful wishes upon an enchanted staircase (or is it cursed?) near their school. According to legend, if you climb the 28 steps and count each step aloud, a 29th step will magically appear and a fox-spirit will grant your wish. Fierce competition, paranoia, and malicious intentions make these "wishing stairs" a recipe for disaster, when one girl commits suicide and another wishes for her revival. At that point, Wishing Stairs employs standard-issue horror techniques that will be familiar to anyone who's seen Ju-On or the Japanese version of Dark Water (including the ghostly girl with long black hair). For patient viewers, the film's frightful climax comes not a moment too soon. A comprehensive "making of" documentary is included, including interview clips with primary cast and crew. --Jeff Shannon
 
The third film in the "Whispering Corridors" series, this intense Korean scarefest follows the students of an all-girl boarding school as they use their dormitory's magical steps to make their desires come true. But when one of the young women's wishes unleashes an unspeakable evil, all of the pupils are given a lesson in terror. Song Ji-hyo, Jo An, Park Ji-Yeon star. AKA: "Whispering Corridors 3: Wishing Stairs." 97 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: Korean Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1; Subtitles: English, Spanish; "making of" featurette; photo gallery; theatrical trailers. In Korean with English subtitles.
 

Product Details

  • Actors: Jo AhnSong Ji-hyoPark Han-byeolPark Ji-yeon
  • Directors: Yun Jae-yeonYoon Jae-Yeon
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Korean
  • Subtitles: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Tartan Video
  • Run Time: 97 minutes