Phone (Pon) (2002)



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Ahn Byeong-ju's Pon (Phone) is a psychological horror film. Ha Ji-weon portrays Ji-weon, an investigative reporter who is receiving unsettling calls on her cellular phone. Ji-weon's decision to stay with friends for a while leads to the friends' child Yeong-ju (Eun Seo-woo) being traumatized after the girl accidentally answers Ji-weon's phone. Eventually, it is discovered that the preceding owners of that cell phone's number have died. A missing teenager, a secret from the past, and some very disturbing behavior from Yeong-ju all play a part in the final unraveling of the plot. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for Phone (Pon)

All Critics (8)

If you're a fan of modern Asian horror, I'm sure you'll check it out anyway, just keep in mind that it may not be as effective as you hope.

Jan 30, 2006 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Apesar de alongar-se demais (chegando a incluir uma subtrama totalmente dispensável), o filme reserva boas surpresas e conta com a ótima atuação da pequena Seo-woo Eun.

Jul 12, 2005 | Rating: 3/5

Typically baffling Asian horror flick...

Apr 2, 2005 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

While there are no punches pulled when it comes to the bloody horror, Phone rings truest in its nerve-tingling suspense.

Jan 14, 2005 | Full Review…

as close a knockoff to Ringu that I've seen to date

Jan 9, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/5

Asian horror can't go on much longer adhering to such standard rules, but for now it's frightening and effective.

Aug 28, 2004 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Phone (Pon)

A journalist hiding out from a paedophile ring she exposed changes her number and begins receiving disturbing calls that seem to affect her young neice. Phone is basically Ringu with a mobile, and that's all you really need to know. It lifts elements directly from that film, Ju On and Dark Water and does little to add to the mixture in its own right. Girl gets phone call, she tentatively answers it, there's screaming, a ghostly apparition of a girl appears in mirrors yadda yadda yadda. There is literally NOTHING here you won't have seen before. The direction is clumsy and patronizing and I was frankly bored for the majority of it. It did pique my interest a little for the final scenes which (finally) explained what happened to Teen Ghost, but some of the absurd plot contrivances in getting there were just too hard to swallow. I was impressed by the performance of the young girl, but as a whole its just J horror by numbers.

xGary Xx
xGary Xx

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This is an outstanding Film. As with all Asia Horror US writers have a lot to learn from our fellow film makers in the west. No doubt someone will copy this korean made film that falls along with Ju-On and The Ring. Intense thriller is more like it, but ending gets a little creepy. A good rainy night thunder storm film. Seems everyone with the last 4 digets 6644 of this phone number is dying, find out why. 4 Stars

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

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Possibly the best part of this film was the last 10 minutes. It?s a watchable story which was not as predicatble as I had anticipated, but a little drawn out.

Lady D'arbanville
Lady D'arbanville

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Although the beginning seemed cluttered and the two story branches didn't seem to fit together properly, it all makes sense at the end. Also features one of the most visually interesting corpse discovery scenes I've seen in a long time.

Kylie B
Kylie B

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