Genres: Horror, Mystery


Country: South Korea

Year: 2005

Runtime: 94 minutes

Studio: Tartan


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Review done by: Nekra
Starring: Hyeon-a Seong, Da-an Park, Ho-bin Jeong, Jin Woo, Na-woon

Director: Woo-cheol Lee

Synopsis: A cellist is haunted by strange events after a car wreck


The DVD cover for the movie Cello is one that is quite deceiving. When I
first saw the cover, I thought it was going to be about some woman who
goes crazy and starts killing people and stuffing them into her cello case;
which I think could still be a very cool movie, but it's not this one. Nor is it
even about a haunted cello. Cello actually tells the story of Mi-ju, a former
cello musician and now teacher who is being harassed by failing students
and haunting memories of a car accident that killed her best friend many
years ago. Now a ghost that could possibly be that friend, is haunting her
every moment. One of her daughters also has suddenly grown to be
obsessed with a cello she had just recently received. Soon her family
begins to fall into danger of some strange events.

The movie was directed and written by Woo-cheol Lee, who I heard used to
direct music videos. Which may be why this film is so musically influenced.
The soundtrack is beautifully placed and written. Like most of the Korean
horrors and thrillers that have come out in recent years, this one is also a
beautifully directed movie; but it does lack in originality. The movie has
been advertised as a mystery/horror. It's also more displayed as a ghost
story, but in the end I didn't really feel that it was a ghost story. Not to
mention it left me confused. There are other movies that I enjoyed
watching much more than this one. Though for some people I can see
them losing interest, because this is a movie where you do have to pay
attention the entire time or you will get lost. It is also one that is more
based on story and development rather than the actual scares.

There really isn't too much gore, but a decent amount of blood here and
there. The acting was well done, and once again Korea really knows how to
pick out child actors. The daughters in this movie were very good and
acted well above their years. Hyeon-a Seong who played Mi-ju did well in
the role, though it was another haunted woman tale. She is very
eye-catching and charismatic. The DVD does include a few deleted scenes,
but none of them are too different; you can just see why they were taken
out. Like most of the other Tartan releases, this one also comes with the  
theatrical trailer. I would recommend this movie to fans of 'Red Shoes' and
'A Tale of Two sisters', though both of those movies are a bit more
interesting then Cello.

Overall: 6/10
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