Memento Mori

  • 97'
  • South Korea
  • 2000
The two guys who made the extraordinary short Pale Blue Dot have made their first feature, and it's quite something. Invited to come up with a sequel/follow-up to Park Hi-Hyung's hit Whispering Corridors, which was about a vengeful spook in a high school for girls, they interviewed 17-year-old girls to get a sense of what it's like for a young woman to cope with puberty blues in a male-oriented society. And they came up with this story of a ghostly lesbian triangle in which the only real villain - surprise! - is a man. Their decision to go for a generic special-effects climax seems slightly misjudged, but most of their film is closer to reality than fantasy.Min-Ah (Kim Min-Sun) finds a strange diary, capable of arousing hallucinations, kept by two of her senior fellow-students, Hyo-Shin and Shi-Eun, who seem to have an unusually close bond. But Hyo-Shin suddenly kills herself, for no obvious reason, and the entire school is shocked and depressed. Min-Ah, however, starts to feel different. It's almost as if she's somehow possessed by the dead girl... (Tony Rayns)
Directors
Kim Tae-Yong, Min Kyu-Dong
Country of production
South Korea
Production Year
2000
Festival Edition
IFFR 2001
Length
97'
Medium
35mm
International title
Yeogoguedam Doo Bunjae Yiyagi
Language
Korean
Producer
Cine 2000
Sales
Mirovision Inc.
Screenplay
Min Kyu-Dong, Kim Tae-Yong