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Memento Mori (2000)

Cast: Lee Seong-jin, Lee Seong-jin, Jong-Hak Paik, more...
Director: Tae-Yong Kim, Kim Tae Yeon, Kim Tae Yeon, more...
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Studio: Tai Seng
Genre: Foreign, Korea, Fantasy
Running Time: 99 min.
Languages: Korean
Subtitles: English

Kim Tae-yong and Min Kyu-dong direct this thriller about teen sexuality and supernatural fury. The film focuses on the young nubile Min-ah (Kim Min-seon), who stumbles upon a diary/scrapbook that details the freakishly intense relationship between her schoolgirl classmates Shi-eun (Lee Yeong-jin) and hacket-faced Hyo-shin (Park Ye-jin). The pair seem to have some sort of telepathic bond. When Hyo-shin appears to commit suicide, Min-ah shows the diary to two of her friends and the three attempt to discover what really happened to the girl. ~ Jonathan Crow, All Movie Guide

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Unexpected Lesbian School Girls by MrBunBun February 21, 2004 - 8:07 AM PST
3 out of 6 members found this review helpful
[I redid this review due to some obvious haters who can't hang with my style and also dislike any historical overview of homosexuality in Korea.]

This isn't a horror movie, it's an adolescent drama, a highly sympathetic view of queer sexuality, and a look in Korean highschools. It intersperses flashbacks during one day and night at school and revolves around a very creatively done exchange diary to segue into flashbacks. An exchange diary is basically a journal that is kept between two people and is much more romantic than e-mail.

It turns into a horror movie during the last 5 or 10 minutes, when the protytpical tragic lesbian figure comes back for revenge.

I thought it was amazing that this movie came out when it did, because there weren't any mainstream queer media in Seoul and around the same time a queer film festival was shut down.

This movie is technically part 2 of an ongoing series of "girl's schools horror stories" and really different from the other 2 films. If you look at this film in the series, it basically feels as if someone slipped in their queer agenda film into an otherwise typical horror series.

Girlish Obsession by Minty December 10, 2002 - 7:19 AM PST
4 out of 6 members found this review helpful
Memento Mori is a lesbian love story hiding in a cult setting. The story takes place entirely within a Korean school, where the girls seem to spend their entire lives. Close attention was paid to the material culture of modern girls, especially in the form of a diary that two girls share. An interesting, stylish, but not highly thought provoking movie. Watch for the girl with the aquarium!

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