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Yoga: Mind, Body and Tortured Souls

Su-yeon Cha    DVD
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Striving for the ultimate inner beauty can be deadly. Six gorgeous women from different walks of life decide to check into a high end YOGA studio with extremely strict rules. They follow the extreme rules as best they can to eventually gain the ultimate beauty. Strange and scary events begin to happen in this unusual place and the women begin to wonder why some of the other students go missing. Did they simply drop out of the class because of the rigid rules or is there some other evil presence killing the YOGA class one by one. Who will ultimately survive this horrific adventure to become the world's most perfectly beautiful woman?

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It stars Kim Eugene from S.E.S as and older tv shopping presenter that see a younger woman taking her job. She wants to look younger and wants to follow a class of Yoga that an old friend recommended her. It's a standard fantastic drama, it was as I expected it to be.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Horror Movie About Yoga . . . That Works! Sept. 8 2010
By Anticlimacus - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
When I first saw an advertisement for this movie on the internet I thought it looked kinda - well - dumb. How exactly do you take something like yoga and make it exciting? I suspected that the concept would be fairly shallow and that there would be too much dead weight and/or uninteresting filler material to make it an entertaining film. In addition, I had reservations about what kind of horror sequences could possibly be implemented. Needless to say, I skipped out on a blind buy for a while but eventually took the plunge when curiosity got the best of me. Most fortunately, "Yoga Institute" (2009) turned out to be an enjoyable horror film.

The way it does this is to implement a very interesting main theme: vanity and the striving for perfect beauty. In some ways "Yoga" is similar to films like "Dumplings" (2004) and "Time" (2006) because of their shared amalgamation of vanity and horror, as well as their common focus on communicating the lengths to which some will go to obtain beauty. Of course, the protagonists in "Yoga" are not quite as crazy as the characters in the aforementioned films, but they do have their moments of instability within the confines of the privately owned institute that they visit to perform their week-long series of intense yoga training. While none of these characters are especially complex, they are sufficiently developed to earn the viewer's interest.

Another important scriptwriting decision that makes "Yoga" more interesting than it should be is the introduction of a form of witchcraft. This witchcraft element is shown in more of a subtle manner than one might expect because it's not explicitly referenced at any point, yet is clearly the cause behind the beautification process as well as the nasty ramifications that befall those characters who do not follow the strict guidelines and rules laid forth by the institute's madam. This, of course, leads to some cool horror sequences that completely avoid most genre clichés like ghost girls, human-inflicted torture, and loud jump scares. There's ample use of creepy sound effects (like snake noises) and chanting to give a sinister vibe. The witchcraft angle just seems like a great decision by the filmmakers because it allows the film to breath life into the whole yoga premise.

With regards to the production quality, "Yoga" is what we've come to expect from the South Korean film industry. The yoga institute itself is a private mansion with very elegant architecture and spooky interior designs that add a lot to the visuals and atmosphere. The acting is solid for the most part and the camera-work is first-class (especially those close shots of hot girls twisting their bodies in all kinds of dubious positions).

The ending is a bit of a mind-boggler, but those looking for something different and fun might want to check "Yoga" out.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Twisted. Aug. 18 2012
By FateJacketX - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Vain women get together in a crazy house that promises the secret of beauty through yoga. The headmistress puts them through a nightmare week of hell and rules that they all end up breaking because they're knuckleheads. It's very boring at first, but hits you in the face with insanity about halfway through. It can be incoherent and implausible from start to finish but that's fine because I've just come to expect that from K-horror. This is definitely one of my favorites in the genre.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great start, moody but it falls apart at the end. Aug. 7 2011
By Anja Rebekka Schultze - Published on Amazon.com
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Yoga is about a young woman,Hyo-jung, who works for a TV network making commercials for lingerie. Hyo-jung is also drawn between the love she feels for her kind but poor boyfriend and social pressure from her friends to marry a rich man. One day our hero is kicked from her job as the network have found a model to take her place and then the cute but normal looking Hyo-jung just is not pretty enough. In desperation to attain perfect beauty Hyo-jung takes the advice of a strange friend to sign up at a mysterious underground Yoga academy, several other girls sign up at the same time, each of whom have their own reasons for seeking perfection, and the girls are promised the chance for eternal youth and perfect beauty if they complete the course, however mysterious and frightening things soon start happening at the academy.

Yoga begins great, it is atmospheric, have some good acting and it it both traditional enough to give you that good feeling of anticipation over sitting down with a good Asian horror flick, and it is different enough to feel original, the story movies around nicely and half way through this movie I was really impressed, then however all went to the hounds. I am not sure what happened if the producers went out of money or what but the last part of Yoga is confusing and sloppy, the ending is anti climatic and unsatisfying and allot of elements are just left hanging, like for example Hyo-jung boyfriend, we never get to see what happens to him. Also the final explanation of what is going on is very confusing and all in all the end of this movie just felt rushed.

I give Yoga plus for originality, I also really enjoyed the first part of this film, the visuals are good, especially the Yoga studio who seam both creepy and serene at the same time, the actors do a good job, and the characters are pretty decent, I particularly enjoyed Nani the evil Yoga instructor. I also give this movie a plus for having an evil Yoga instructor, how many movies have that? :P However the last part of Yoga sort of ruins the film so I can not really recommend it. Good start, stunning visuals but sloppy ending.
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5.0 out of 5 stars YOGA is Horrific Nov. 28 2011
By Crymsm - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
In a good way. I honestly really loved this movie and the story went quit well. But with many korian movies and such the endings always make you say "what?..." I was confused at what the heck happened. Maby if they added extra bonus material it would have shed some light but I do recomend this movie.
4.0 out of 5 stars A dark supernatural cautionary tale Jan. 2 2014
By Sir Gawain - Published on Amazon.com
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Question: What do you get when you cross the Eagle's song/lyrics "Hotel California" and a yoga studio?

Answer: The movie Yoga: Mind, Body and Tortured Souls.

Well, kinda.

In Yoga: Mind, Body and Tortured Souls vanity is the insanity that's going on here - the competitive vanity of anyone looking to be perfectly pretty or attractive in this world - thinking that this worldly possession will make them truly happy and eternally satisfied, better than someone else - the outward flesh giving them the power and love they want. The problem here with these women is that their concept of beauty is mercenary, grasping and close-fisted. Of course real yoga has nothing to do with this kind of thing - but here in this movie, where wounded searching souls come looking for answers down this false path of so called "yoga" things are not what they seem. Real yoga is like real beauty - is open and free, non-competitive.

This dark supernatural cautionary tale of envious/commercial vanity and your soul packs a formidable and frightful punch.

Not rated, but some language, no sex or nudity, has some scarey and or bloody images - so PG-13 or R?
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