Epitaph (Gidam) (2007)





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Filmmaking siblings Jeong Sik and Jeong Bum-Sik share directing credits on this discomforting tale of an ageing doctor with a disturbing past. The year is 1979, and Dr. Park has just received a photo album from 1942. Back in those days, Dr. Park and his friends found themselves caught up in a series of strange incidents. Though Park had been reluctant to take the bride that his parents had previously arranged for him, he was stunned to learn that the dead body he had fallen so deeply in love with was in fact the very woman who would have been his wife. Later, a young girl is brought into the hospital after surviving a horrific car accident. Though she was the only one to make it out of the crash alive, ghosts seem to haunt her every time the sun goes down. As these two parallel stories gradually unfold, the viewer is also introduced to a married pair of doctors from Tokyo who always seem to be surrounded by serial killers. Before making his feature directorial debut with this film, co-director Sik worked as an assistant director for acclaimed South Korean filmmaker Park Chan-Wook on such films as Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance and Oldboy. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
Rating: NR
Genre: Drama , Horror
Directed By: Jeong Beom-sik , Jeong Sik
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A Japanese morgue-based horror film lacking in much horror

Full Review… | July 28, 2011

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Creepy and confusing. Mostly confusing.

Lesley N
Lesley N

This South Korean creeper is part gore fest, part romance, part ghost story, and all confusing, it takes place in a hospital during the 1942 Japanese occupation of Seoul. Paranormal situations. Hallucinations, Premonitions, Medium audition and vision, all of that in a scenario of second war.

Constanza Boutter
Constanza Boutter

Three twisted tales of ghostly love take place around a similar time in a Korean hospital. It avoids too many comparisons with other Asian horrors and this is to it's credit. The main contributer to this is the setting. Wonderful set design and costumes recreate a bygone era. The film also has more terrifying ghosts than the usual long haired dressed in white woman. Some of the scenes are beautiful, especially a wel crafted tracking shot that goes through many doors. As each slides open we see a glimpse of a moment in time from a young interns life. Some of the scares are bloody, suspenseful, creepy and shocking. It's a pretty solid film but the highlights tend to make the generic horror moments seem even less successful. A lovely film to watch with many genuine chilling moments.

Luke Baldock
Luke Baldock

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