Starring: Hye-su Kim, Seong-su Kim, Yeon-ah Park, Su-hee Go, Eol Lee

Director: Yong-gyun Kim

Synopsis: A woman who finds a pair of pink high heels on a subway platform
soon realizes that jealousy, greed, and death follow them wherever they go


Red Shoes just what every little girl wants, especially after seeing Judy Garland
in 'The Wizard of Oz' with that gorgeous sparkling pair that she would click to
send herself home. But what kind of price must you pay with it? The movie Red
Shoes opens with a teenage school girl waiting on the subway for a friend. She
looks over and spots a pair of red shoes and immediately wears them. Her
friend shows up claiming they are hers and the two girls fight. The other girl
takes the shoes and leaves. The next time we see her, she seems to be
missing a limb or two. Then we go to the main story; Sun-jae is a young
mother who has recently left her husband and is now living with her five year
old daughter, Tae-su, in a new apartment. One night on her way home from
work she finds a pair of red pumps on the subway, just sitting there and the
owner does not seem to be around. So Sun-jae ends up taking them home.
Immediately the shoes have a control over her and her young daughter has a
sudden obsession with them. Sun-jae tries to figure out the mystery behind
the shoes before their curse takes away what she loves the most.

This is another one of those "curse" item movies. Well, I should take that back,
I really haven't seen any good cursed item movies lately so it's forgiven. Red
Shoes is based on a Hans Christian Anderson fairy-tale of the same name. But
Anderson's original tale is much different from this, this one is definitely more
of a blood bath. I'm serious when I say blood bath. With the amount of blood
used in this movie you could fill up a bathtub or two. While Anderson's
fairy-tale is more about never putting personal objects before the worship of
god, this one has none of that. It's definitely different from the original story. I
do have a disagreement on the shoes that were used in this movie. They were
not red, they were pink. But I think it was to help make the shoes stand out,
especially like I said with all that blood used in the movie, we all know how red
blood is. But with these shoes they are actually kind of ugly, but thats not
really the point here. It's how the shoes make you feel is what makes you
obsess over them. Even to go so far to kill someone to own them.

Unlike the movie 'Cello', the DVD cover for this movie wasn't at all deceiving,
but I pretty much told you what was going to happen in the movie. I would love
to own a big poster of the movie. Red Shoes does lack originality, it begins
most with a young mom (recently divorced, single, widowed like usual), she
isn't doing so bad for herself and her child, she comes across something weird,
crazy shit happens, she tries to figure out the mystery behind it etc. Nothing
new with this story and like all South Korean movies, it is very appealing to the
eyes. The music is great, the actors were wonderful, especially young Yeon-ah
Park, who not only is just adorable but also wonderful little actress. The DVD
includes a commentary with the director and cinematographer, a making of
featurette and a visual effects featurrete and trailers for upcoming Tartan
releases. I still have mixed feelings about the movie even though I did like it a
lot. I just felt that it was mediocre.

Overall: 7/10
Genres: Horror, Mystery,

Rated: R

Country: South Korea

Year: 2005

Runtime: 103 minutes

Studio: Tartan Video


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