Definitely skippable, unless Asian horror is your comfort food (as it is mine).
The setup is simple, a mother and plastic surgeon who is obsessed with her daughter's beauty performs several operations on her daughter's friends, who begin to die of seemingly self inflicted injuries. From that, you'd think you'd know where the film was going, but like a good Giallo film, the most obvious twist is really just the tip of the damn iceberg. The situation becoming more grizzly and horrific than you could possibly guess from the outset. The best part is, though there is a pretty definitive villain of the story, the real villain of the story is South Korea's (and indeed most of the civilized world's) obsession with physical beauty.
If you like movies like Deep Red, Tenebrae, and Audition, you MUST see this movie.
Rock on Fright Knights and keep the darkness scary.
Hyunsu is a Korean teenager with a mother who performs face-lifts. Superficial beauty has become the latest rage with kids and Hyunsu?s friends begin pursuing her mom to perform surgeries; however, shortly after having the surgery, the children begin seeing things and some of the kids die. As Hyunsu begins investigating why these things are happening to her friends, she uncovers a tragic past of her own.
?I want a pretty face and a birthday party!?
Man-dae Bong, director of Masitneun Sex Geurigo, delivers Cinderella. The storyline for this picture is rather intricate and far more involved than I anticipated. The characters are well developed but delivered in a frustrating manner. I had to keep asking my wife, ?is she doing ?X? to person ?Y? or is this really _____.? The acting is solid despite the film containing cast members you would not recognize.
?It?s time to become pretty. Open your mouth.?
Overall, this movie was better than I anticipated; however, it can be a very frustrating film at times. First, there were many scenes in the dark that did not need to be (who has a birthday party with the lights off). The mother was also a very frustrating character who could be mean and conniving one moment and then spontaneously overcome by grief. Nevertheless, the ultimate resolve of the film was interesting even if you never know what ultimately happened.
?First, I?m going to stick a needle up your nose.?
Besides that, I like the movie for the plot. The premise is interesting and the movie does well at telling the story.
I still don't like the protagonist very much and the ending left me at a loss. I would not recommend this solely for the ending, but if you think the plot will be interesting, then you won't be disappointed. See it, if you want. Whatever.