Starring: Son Ye Jin as Kang Yoo Ri, Lee Min Ki as Ma Jo Goo, and Park Chul Min as Pil Dong
Rating: PG-13, scary at times
Running Time: 114 min
Twinkies: 4 stars!!
Synopsis: “I see dead people” is a common phrase used in parody, but if it were true, as it is for the leading lady in “Spellbound,” it would be a shockingly terrifying trait to hold. Ever since she was young, Yeo-ri (Son Ye-jin), has had the unnatural ability to see ghosts, and when they do appear, usually when she has company, unexpected things occur to the people around her. Yeo-ri chooses to isolate herself from the outside world but is approached by a street magician named Jo-goo (Lee Min-ki), who offers her a job in his show.
One year passes, and Yeo-ri ends up playing a part in the magician’s horror-themed act, in which she plays a ghost in a closet. Every day, Jo-goo’s staff successfully close the show and invite Yeo-ri for drinks, but she always rejects their offer. She is fully aware what will happen if she gets close to people.
When eventually Yeo-ri opens up to Jo-goo about her tragic and lonely life, things start to change for the both of them. Can Jo-Goo help her find a way out? Or will he be chased away by the ghosts like all of the other people in Yeo-ri’s life? ‘Chilling Romance’ is directed by Hwang In-ho, who had also directed “2 Faces of My Girlfriend” (2007) and “Love Phobia” (2006).
Musings: This movie continued my love-love relationship with Lee Min Ki! As Jo Goo, he was funny, funny, funny. Son Ye Jin (Ye Jin) held her own acting with Min Ki. It really was a great movie with a great supporting cast! Very funny!
From Park Chul Min (Pil Dong) to Lee Mi Do (Yoo Jin) and Kim Hyeon Suk (Min Jung) as Ye Jin’s friends, everyone was pretty funny. Min Ki and Ye Jin’s scenes from him going on her blind dates to their talks about her ability to see ghosts was pretty intense. But warning, unless you like horror, don’t watch at night because there are some pretty scary scenes! 9 on the jump factor! A couple of times I yelped and laughed at the same time; nearly choking! It’s that kind of movie! Loved the characters and again, I watched this simply because Lee Min Ki was in it! Until this movie (and subsequently Master’s Sun), I never believed romance, comedy and horror could work together. But if you watch this movie you’ll see how it’s possible, the genres are mixed really well! Loved the ending. You will laugh, jump out of your skin but don’t be surprised if you cry…I sure did!
Trailer is available on on YouTube Website only.The movie is available on several sites. Ask me if your interested. Also available on Hulu as Spellbound and DramaFever, if you are a subscriber.
For November, it’s all about this guy, you know him! We love him! Some of you probably for the first time because of The Master’s Sun. In honor of his birth month, it will be nothing but So Ji Sub! My Number #2 Drama Love!!
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