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One day, high school student Young-eon (Kim Ok-bin) stays at school
into the evening to practice her singing ... and she is killed by some
kind of spirit or something. Thing is, she doesn't know that she's dead
but wanders the hallways as a ghost, and only her best friend Sun-min (Seo
Ji-hye) can hear her. Now the two of them try to figure out what has
happened - and you have to understand, Young-eon's body has not yet been
found - and they at first suspect their music teacher to have the hands in
the whole thing ... until she is found hanged ina classroom. Later,
Young-eon's body is found atop the elevator, which makes her and Sun-min
all the more keen to find out what's going on - especially when ghost
Young-eon hears other ghostly voices that seem to come after her.
hooks up with Cho-ah (Cha Ye-ryeon), the weirdo of her class, but the only
one who seems to have an idea of what's going on and knowledge about
talking with ghosts, and soon a few things fall into place: It seems that
the music teacher once had a student with a singing voice much like
Young-eon, Hyo-jung (Lim Hyeon-kyeong), with whom she also had a lesbian
relationship - but then, Hyo-jung killed herself and got a second life as
a ghost who could only speak to the teacher. But along came Young-eon, and
the teacher's interest shifted away from her spirit friend, which made her
lose her voice and slowly vanish into oblivion. So maybe the spirit of
Hyo-jung is after Young-eon, but maybe it's also time for Sun-min to let
go of her spirit friend and let her vanish into oblivion, too.
finale has Young-eon face her adversary, the spirit who has been following
her - and it is herself, who shows her the real Young-eon, not the sweet
girl she pictures herself to be but the bitch who persuaded her
cancer-ridden mother to commit suicide and who stole the music teacher
away from her spirit friend and then drove the teacher to suicide, and who
now won't let go of Sun-min either.
Ultimately, Young-eon sees the error
of her ways and refrains from contacting Sun-min anymore while Sun-min
receives treatment for her otherworldly apparitions - however, in the end
it's her who doesn't want to let go of her friend.
The film starts out as an atmospheric mix of murder mystery and horror
movie, maybe not the most original film but wholly entertaining.
Unfortunately though, the whole plot is let down by its finale that tries
to cram in quite a few plottwists too many to even remain believable
(within its ghoststory context of course), and by trying to tie everything
to its psychological subtext, the film loses its carefully built-up
tension - which is a shame, too, and thus the film becomes just another
example of a movie trying to be too smart for its own good.