Asian Voice

With the pool of knowledge constructed in our minds thanks to all we’ve acquired from viewing other horror movies, one thing we know is that when someone who dies still has unfinished business, his/her spirit will most likely still be around. The story then usually ventures into putting puzzle pieces together and discovering horrifying accounts that explain the reason for the spirit’s death. With some twists popping from nowhere, horror movies like these are always engaging for the viewers as they become part of the journey towards understanding the why’s and the how’s of the plot. In Voice, this style of horror film is seen as two Korean friends search for answers behind the deaths that have happened, with one of them being an actual spirit all throughout the film.

Based on the popular belief that Asian Horror Films, usually Japanese ones, are very well-made and crafted to haunt its viewers, I had high expectations for this movie. It begins in an empty music classroom where we see two young Korean students, one keeping the other company as she practices singing a music piece. The fact that it was already night time was already suspicious enough for viewers to assume that something may possibly happen that will scare us. When Sun-min leaves, Young-eon is finally left alone and is bound to get into some sort of danger with this being a horror movie. Although her death is caused by a music sheet, something out of the ordinary, what’s strange is that her lifeless body is not found– which becomes the plot of the story. Just like in other horror movie, there’s that search for answers and discovery of unbelievable circumstances that make it exciting.

As movie moves forward with Sun-min searching for her best friend and can only be led by the sound of Young-eon’s ghostly voice, the perspective of the shots shift between the both of them. We have Young-eon walking into replayed memories that are supposedly the dots that must be connected in order to understand her death and who caused it. We also have Sun-min meeting Choh-ah, someone who seems to be familiar with mysterious death situations like Young-eon’s.

Even as the dots are starting to get connected and Young-eon discovers she was actually such a horrible person, the over-all story was still confusing. I only understood really happened to Sun-min and Young-eon in the end when I searched about it. When the lesbian back story was discovered, I was wondering if it was supposed to scare us like as if it were so out of the ordinary. Is it that one of the scares of being in an all-girls school is that one may turn into a lesbian and cause issues?

Several of the victims in the film experience that sense of entrapment that we discussed is an element of horror. What we can see from the film is that anyone who was trapped in complicated problems usually ends up dying, which points out a truth about people today who do not have the emotional maturity to cope with difficult baggage. With a story inclusive of jealousy, unhealthy competition, sexuality confusion, frustration and impatience from the characters, the movie didn’t leave that haunting feeling I usually hope to have which reminds me that the movie, indeed, was horrifying.

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