Guta-yubalja-deul (A Bloody Aria)

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Pulpy, bloody and violent, this Korean shock-fest is blackly comedic but disappointing overall.



Total Count: 24


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An aspiring opera singer takes a trip into the countryside with her trusted mentor, only to find her fate taking an unexpectedly grim turn in director Won Shin-yun's darkly comic look at the power struggles that exist within all levels of society. In-jeong was on an innocent day trip with her mentor Yeong-sun when the man she once trusted suddenly reveals himself to be a lecherous fiend. Though In-jeong believes she has escaped harm when a seemingly benevolent local offers her a lift to the nearest bus stop, her relief turns to horror when the driver insists on stopping to meet up with his friends. Upon arriving at their destination, In-jeong realizes that the man's friends are in fact a depraved group of country thugs who have also captured Yeong-sun. Now forced to play along in a sadistic game of survival, the two captives wage a life or death struggle to escape their tormentors or die trying. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi


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  • Still, Won pulls off a rare trick: to be funny and frightening while continuing to ratch the tension up and up. Performances, too, are top notch.

    Oct 24, 2008 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Wally Hammond

    Time Out
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  • It's slow, bloody and pretty much devoid of merit.

    Oct 24, 2008 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

    Wendy Ide

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • Time should surely now be called on the vogue in Korean cinema for black-comic ultraviolence.

    Oct 24, 2008 | Full Review…
  • It all looks like Michael Haneke-lite but, as a comment upon the fact that people tamed by violence tend to promote it when given half a chance, it has its grimly amusing merits.

    Oct 24, 2008 | Rating: 2/5
  • A simply unpleasant experience.

    Jan 24, 2008
  • For the most part A Bloody Aria has an adept way of muddying these themes for audiences expecting the usual gore-thirsty trip.

    Jan 17, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Guta-yubalja-deul (A Bloody Aria)

  • Sep 02, 2014
    A silly insult to Korean cinema.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Oct 18, 2011
    A story that gets a bit better the further along it goes. some nice touches also. but also does drag a bit. a bit of a confusion at times but worth a watch
    scott g Super Reviewer
  • Aug 30, 2008
    Really good dark comedy/thriller. It's mostly carried by the characters' dialogue, so if you're looking for 'action' then skip to the last 20-30 minutes or so of the movie cause you're going to be very bored with it. What I liked about the movie was how the characters were written so they would each have their own personality and quirks and it makes for some very funny scenes at times. It was also nicely shot as I enjoyed the camerawork. The last 15-20 minutes of the film are pretty disturbing as you see how the abuse just reaches a whole new level, so it made for some very interesting moments. I'd recommend it.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Feb 01, 2008
    Intense film about bullies, psychos and all around not nice guys. A bit confusing, especially the ending, but very compelling. Also, I've begun to notice I'm giving everything I like 4 stars. I used to give 5 stars out like they were fliers, but now I'm addicted to 4 stars as a grow older. I think I'm a 4 star maniac.
    Christopher B Super Reviewer

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