Starring: YU Ji-Tae, Kim Myung-Min, Kim Hye-Na
Director: Kim Seong-Ho
Studio: Cinema Service
About This DVD
The buzzword for Summer 2003 is horror. After the success of The Phone in summer 2002, the formerly minor genre of horror has become a major force in the Korean film industry. Curious to see whether Korean cinema can overcome its first generation of horror films, characterized by simple narratives, pots of blood, and blood-curdling screams, the film industry and ordinary audiences have awaited the new films of 2003 with great anticipation. As such, Into the Mirror stands out among the Korean horror lineup of 2003 for its particular character. "Forget the ghosts who jump out at you without notice, don't you have anything truly frightening? The most frightening thing of all is inside yourself." Taking the horror film into new directions, Into the Mirror proves that the most basic fear is centered around the self, which we know and trust more than anything else. Into the Mirror shows us the true nature of "Mirror Horror" by revealing the mysterious and creepy side of something which we have lived with all our lives.
Having parted with an unforgettable gaze and the question - 'How can love change?' (One Fine Spring Day), YU Ji-tae now returns. After having being absent from the screen for two years, YU comes back with a completely different image and look. One can see the interest by film industry people and audiences in YU Ji-tae in the fact that he stars in three films which will be debuting in the second half of 2003. An actor always to keep people guessing, YU's first appearance of the year in Into the Mirror is sure not to disappoint audiences. During casting, director KIM Sung-ho traveled to Japan, where YU Ji-tae was temporarily staying, in order to show him the screenplay. The two then discussed and analyzed the role in detail. At the time of this meeting, YU had been giving long and serious thought to which role he should play next, and the discussions he had with the director allowed him to make his choice. YU's deep and distinctive voice will bring forth a hidden and elemental horror in people's hearts with Into the Mirror.
From the screenplay stage, Into the Mirror drew forth great interest from production and investment companies when it took part in the Pusan Promotion Plan's New Directors In Focus (NDIF), a project market designed for new directors with an independent vision. The film became the first feature to be produced by Key+ Pictures, which showed a confidence in the idea and chose it over other more conventional commercial projects. New director KIM Sung-ho, though long periods of research and effort, has created a film whose distinctive topic and themes have yet to be seen in Korean cinema. An architecture major who later fell love with cinema, this new director has already in his short films displayed a certain affinity with the "world inside the mirror." With Cinema Service signing on to finance and distribute the film, and with the #1 star YU Ji-tae in the film's lead, the anticipation surrounding this film is very high. The veil is now being drawn on this project for which everyone provided their effort.
WU Young-min, a former policeman who inadvertently brought about the death of his partner during a faceoff with a criminal, has quit the police force and now heads up security at Dreampia Depart- ment Store as an employee of the security company SecuZone. Having been caught up in the si- tuation at the department store, WU comes across his former rival and co-worker HA Hyun-su, who now heads the investigation into the recent murders. The presence of HA and the situation as a whole causes WU to relive the horrendous memories which he has since tried to forget. Meanwhile, CHOI Sang-ki is head of SecuZone, which is hurrying to solve the recent string of murders. A mysterious woman LEE Ji-hyun is also found lingering about the crime scenes. Without wishing it, WU is drawn farther and farther into the deeping mystery surrounding the murders.
Because of his past, WU starts to come under the suspicion of his colleagues. In order to free himself of the mystery and psychological dilemmas surrounding the case, he is drawn to look for answers. And a strange world reveals itself!!!
|DD 5.1 Surround
|Widescreen 1.85:1 (Anamorphic)
|- Scenario Book
- Director's Commentary
- Production Notes
- Story Board
- Still Gallery
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