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White: The Melody of the Curse (2011) Movie Review

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Directors: Gok Kim, Sun Kim

Written by Sun Kim, Gok Kim

Starring: Eun-jeong Ham, Woo-seul-hye Hwang and Maydoni

Girl group “Pink Dolls” is always pushed into the background by other popular idols. When the girls release their new song “White” – a remake from unknown origins they become instant sensations.  As the group becomes more and more popular, jealousy and competitiveness increases as all the girls tries to become the lead singer. But, when a member becomes the lead singer that person falls victim to a horrible accident, one by one. Eun-Joo then realizes that the song “White” is cursed and she attempts to reveal the secret … Written by Stanislav S, Sochi, Russia

White is a Korean-made horror movie, so you know there’s a curse involved. While it’s a fairly entertaining film, it’s missing the anxiety-instilling fear that foreign horror like Ringu brought so prevalently to the table. You might think it’s even more frightening to see a group of young pop singers/dancers competing for the ultimate bragging rights all things considered.

This down on their luck manager-controlled girl band is losing popularity every single day. As they suffer more and more losses, they move into a new studio where a random vhs tape labeled White is discovered. The one band member with any type of moral fiber finds the tape of a decade old girl band performing a song with an infectious melody, and the Pink Dolls quickly turn it into a phenom. There’s a price though. Isn’t there always?

The next hour focuses on the stress of the individual members’ skyrocketing popularity and the aggressive behavior to fill the coveted lead singer role. Coached by an unrelenting slave driver of a manager, the women begin to unravel. White offers some cool scares even if the path is primed with clichéd expectation. If nothing else scares you about White, the not so hidden commentary about the competitive nature of pop music will. The climax takes place at the Korean version of American Idol if you will, and it’s electrifying. There’s a lesson to be learned from White – I’ll let you discover it.


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