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Wishing Stairs (2003)

Cast: Song Ji-hyo, Song Ji-hyo, Park Han-byeol, more...
Director: Yun Jae-yeon, Yun Jae-yeon, Yoon Jae-Yeon
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Studio: Tartan Video
Genre: Foreign, Supernatural/Occult, Ghosts, Korea
Running Time: 97 min.
Languages: Korean
Subtitles: English, Spanish
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South Korean filmmaker Yun Jae-yeon directs the thriller Yeogo Goedam 3: Yeowoo Gyedan (Wishing Stairs), the third in a series of horrific tales set in all-girl schools (the other two being Whispering Corridors and Memento Mori). The story involves several teenage ballet students at a remote boarding school for fine arts. The staircase leading up to their dormitory has 28 stairs. Supposedly, a certain spirit will grant your wish if the 29th step appears. Wealthy and outgoing Kim So-heui (Park Han-byeol) is best friends with the more reserved Yun Jin-seong (Song Ji-hyo). Right before an important competition, someone puts glass shards into So-heui's ballet shoes and she later dies. After that, many other frightening events start to happen at the school. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, All Movie Guide

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And just who the f... is "Foxx"? by talltale January 22, 2006 - 7:56 AM PST
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
What possessed the would-be ballerinas (and other young ladies of the finishing school) shown in WISHING STAIRS to act up, act out and overact so badly? What possessed the filmmakers involved to bother with a story this silly and practically plot-free and then to fill it full of second-hand non-scares? What possessed a relatively intelligent person like me to add this movie to my queue? The answers to the first two questions must remain in the hands of others, but, upon finishing this review, I am heading out to find a shrink who might help me with the third.

The movie does mention someone (or "thing") known as "Foxx"--oh, god, not Jamie!?--to whom the girls pray so that their wishes can be fulfilled. But since we never learn anymore about him ("it"?), they might as well be praying to "wolff," "lionn" or "rabbitt"--for all the difference it makes. The prayers are coupled to climbing the set of titular stairs. Well, the first time a girl's climbs, you'll follow along like a good moviegoer, but by the fifth mounting, you yourself will be climbing the walls.

According to the IMDB, this film is part of a "trilogy" of K-Horror (that's Korean) beginning with "Whispering Corridors," moving on to "Memento Mori" (no, not Muriel Spark's) and concluding with this piece of noodle-brained nonsense. Maybe the first two were better, but I'm not about to find out. (My upcoming shrink is bound to applaud that decision). The final moment features a photograph that winks, as if to say, "Hasn't this all been one precious joke?" Well, yes, but not a very good one.

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