Original title: Yogogoedam Sebontchae Iyagi - Yougyedan
Starring: Song Ji-Hyo, Park Han-Byeol, Jo An
Director: Yun Jae-Yeon
Studio: Bitwin / Plenus Entertainment
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About This DVD
Whispering Corridors, Ring, and Scream are the three representative horror films of Korea, Japan and the U.S. Apart from the genre elements common to all horror films, the three series have several notable aspects in common. First, the three series were all produced in a similar time period. Our first glance begins with Scream in 1996, followed by Whispering Corridors and Ring in 1998. All three have produced three episodes of their respective stories, and have become the most successful horror films of their respective industries. Plus, all three have left some of the most shocking horror images of the genre's history in the crawling out of the TV in Ring, the skull mask of Scream, and the hallway jump cuts of Whispering Corridors. All three have had previously unknown screenwriters elevated to the level of stardom following the release of theirs films, with Kevin Williamson for Scream, Suzuki Koji for Ring, and Lee Yong-yeon for Wishing Stairs. This summer, the Korean franchise film Wishing Stairs will once again write horror history with its debut as the latest episode in the three well-known series.
The Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival, which honors the best Korean horror film of each summer as its closing film, has chosen Wishing Stairs for this special honor in 2003. As such, Wishing Stairs joins the lineage of famous Korean horror movies following the critically acclaimed Sorum from 2001 and Korea's most commercially successful horror film The Phone from 2002. The anticipation of audience members for this film resulted in all available tickets for the closing ceremony being sold within 15 minutes of their becoming available. Following the diverse first two episodes of the series, in which we could glimpse the talent of their debut directors, Wishing Stairs will display a new style and diversity while also drawing attention for the efforts of its young female crew members. The film's selection by the PiFan festival speaks to the level of quality with which it was made.
The biggest change at this year's Puchon festival is the selection of actress PARK Han-byul as its festival lady. Taking into account the selections of famous young actresses such as BAE Doona, JANG Jin-young, and HA Ji-won at previous festivals, the choice for this year came as quite a shock. However, considering the previous debut actresses who starred in the series -- KIM Kyu-ri, CHOI Kang-hee, and PARK Jin-hee in Whispering Corridors, KIM Min-sun, PARK Yeh-jin, LEE Young-jin and KONG Hyo-jin in Memento Mori, the potential of this year's choice is clear to all. Wishing Stairs and PARK Han-byul, chosen respectively as the Closing Film and the Festival Lady, will surely become the summer's hottest buzzwords.
Along a wooded path to the school dormitory is a stairway with 28 steps. The stairs are referred to as the Wishing Stairs, because a fox's spirit in the stairs will grant wishes. If someone wishes with all of her heart as she climbs the stairs, a 29th stair will appear and a wish will be granted. However, the students who climb the stairs are not aware that the wishes granted by the fox return as terrible curses...
So-hee and Jin-sung study in the dance department and are best friends. However, So-hee's natural talent at ballet always relegates the hard-working Jin-sung to being second best. Jin-sung's heart leaps when she sees a notice for a Seoul ballet competition for which her school will choose one representative. Soon thereafter, however, she overhears her teachers discussing ways to send So-hee as the school's representative, and without realizing it she finds herself drawn to the Wishing Stairs.
So-hee, who has won the school auditions even though a piece of glass is placed inside her toe shoes, goes in search of Jin-sung. The two of them argue and grow angry. In the midst of their fighting, So-hee falls and tumbles down the stairs. Meanwhile, an overweight art major named Hae-ju who admires the pretty So-hee is the target of many students' ridicule. In the end, Hae-ju suffers from a huge embarrassment in front of many students, and she goes to climb the stairs.
Competing in place of the injured So-hee, Jin-sung wins first prize at the Seoul ballet competition. One night So-hee, who Jin-sung believes was in the hospital, comes to see Jin-sung by climbing through the window of her room in the dormitory. So-hee confesses that she wished to the stairs that she could always be together with Jin-sung. Jin-sung is only sorry for what has happened to So-hee. The following day, she learns that So-hee had already died the previous night before the visit, and she falls into shock. Meanwhile, the formerly overweight Hae-ju becomes ever thinner, and the curses formed by the wishes of the children bring death to the school.
|Audio Format:||DD 5.1 Surround, DTS|
|Video Format:||Anamorphic Widescreen 1.85:1|
- Cast & Producer Talks
- Director Commentary
- Deleted Scenes (30mins)
- Making of Film
- Interviews with Cast
- About Whispering Corridor Series
- Special Make-up
- School Girls's Diary
- Set Design
- Computer Graphice
- Hand Made
- Director's Idea Note
- Trailer, TV Spot, Poster
- Still Cut, ArtWork, Sets, Animation, Costume
- Director's Short Film [Psycho Drama]
- Cast & Crew