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Horror Film `Red Shoes' Looks at Human Desires

2005/06/28 Source

By Kim Tae-jong
Staff Reporter

Director Kim Yong-gyoon attributes the strength of his upcoming horror film "Red Shoes (Punhong Sin)" to the great performance of seasoned actress Kim Hye-soo.

"While I worked with Hye-su for about three months, I realized that experience is surely something valuable", said the director Monday after a preview screening held at Megabox Cineplex theater in Seoul. "There are many close-ups in the film and her facial muscles so brilliantly and freely express fear, desire and sorrow".

In the film, Kim Hye-soo, who has an acting career of over 15 years, challenged herself in her role as Sun-jae, a mother who has an obsessive maternal instinct for her daughter and is blinded by love and ambition.

"This film will be satisfying for those who want to see a scary summer film as well as for those who want to see something a little different and more complicated, as it sheds light on the ruthless desire of humanity combined with a dose of sadness", Kim said.

After first reading script, she was attracted to the story that deals interestingly with women's fundamental desires even though the director is a man, Kim said.

But the seasoned actress recalled that filming was hard from the beginning to the end as there were many unusual scenes involving mental and physical challenges.

"Though I found all the scenes difficult, of course, the most difficult scene was when I was soaked with a massive amount of blood coming out of the ceiling. But as the ceiling couldn't endure the weight of the blood until the director called `action', it broke through so suddenly that I had to shoot the scene twice", Kim said.

Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's story "The Red Shoes", this is the first movie in the summer's lineup of local horror. It tells of a possessed pair of red shoes, which lead the owners to terrifying deaths.

The film revolves around Sun-jae, who collects shoes as a hobby. One day she finds a pair of red shoes abandoned in a subway station and is mysteriously attracted to them.

When she puts them on, she feels delighted but also finds a hidden desire and even fights with her daughter, who is also attracted to them. Then, Sun-jae finds out the secret behind the shoes.

"Red Shoes" will be released tomorrow at local theaters.

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