This is a rare category. A Korean chick-flick by a chick director with an all-chick (primary) caste. I felt left out. A lot of what transpires is female-oriented.
...and I'm not being sarcastic here....
The film is never as scary as it wants to be. Actually it is never scary or rewarding overtly to me, but I guess to some it apparently is, judging by Reviews. It seems to be mainly concerned with female youth, beauty, acceptance, envy, duplicity (the double-cross), and success in a consumer-society.
While the acting (as always in most Korean films) is stunning and brilliant, the director has filmed this work in what I will call Relentless Shadow Vision---or constantly dark, dull, and claustrophobic. This director shows flashes of raw power and control in framing and picking certain shots, but, sadly, it does not predominate this work. Also, some of it is just cinematically trite or already been used a zillion times.
...okay, so maybe my German Pinscher puppy did interrupt me about 137 times but I think there are plot points missing here or just not explained. Such as: exactly What is the exact deal going on with the yoga-school propriator's eternal beauty, why was the director (in the movie) killed, and the beauty-girl and the Tv girl (i'll avoid a few spoilers here), and a few other things.
...okay so the puppy interrupted me 392 times in a half hour, but I still think the plot needs clarification, especially as a detective (me), I need facts :)
This film is kind of: Yoga Meets Voodoo Meets the Exorcist Meets Envious Betrayal.
I do recommend it for some, and-or maybe those interested in such paranormal horror phenomena; you will be rewarded, I am sure. It's a heartfelt, carefully crafted, stunning work.
( I hate it when the puppy hurls herself at the door, whines and screams that she totally MUST go out NOW or the world is doomed, and then she just stands there on the patio and just stares at the bushes or something. And she did the 432 times in 15 minutes.... )