After finding that her husband is unfaithful and cheats her with a lover, Sun-jae (Hye-su Kim) moves to a decadent cheap apartment at Goksung Station with her daughter Han Tae-soo (Yeon-ah Park). While traveling home in the subway, Sun-jae finds a pair of pink shoes and brings them home. Tae-soo becomes fascinated by the shoes, which brings greed and jealousy to whoever sees them, while Sun-jae has visions and nightmares with ghosts and blood. When her friend Kim-mi Hee steals the shoes, she has an accident and dies. Meanwhile, the architect decorator Cho-in Choi (Seong-su Kim) that is dating Sun-jae, researches and discloses that the mystery is related to a picture of 1944. His further investigation unravels the tragic fate of the original owner of the shoes. "Bungongsin" is another creepy and scary South-Korean ghost story, with a dense atmosphere highlighted by a great cinematography and lighting and good special effects. Like in other South Korean horror movies, the final twist in the very end is quite confused but not difficult to understand: Sun-jae is the reincarnation of Oki, a ballet dancer from the 40's that was killed by the jealous Keiko, who also desired the choreographer Jun Ha-Sub that had photographed Oki with her pink shoes. Keiko stole Oki's pink shoes, but was cursed and had a tragic end. The old lady witnessed the crime, and in the present days she shows where Oki's remains are buried. In spite of returning the shoes to Oki, the curse continues and another jealous or obsessive woman will find it again. All the murders in the present days have been committed by Sun-jae. I liked the direction of Yong-gyun Kim and the performances of Hye-su Kim and the girl Yeon-ah Park, but I honestly have not identified in which fairytale from Hans Christian Andersen the story of this film is based on. My vote is seven. Title (Brazil): "Sapatos Vermelhos" ("Red Shoes")
The Red Shoes
The Red Shoes
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A woman who finds a pair of pink high heels on a subway platform soon realizes that jealousy, greed, and death follow them wherever they go.
November 17, 2021