Spellbound (2011 film)
Promotional poster for Spellbound
|Directed by||Hwang In-ho|
|Produced by||An Young-jin|
|Written by||Hwang In-ho|
|Music by||Lee Jae-jin|
|Edited by||Steve M. Choe|
|Distributed by||CJ Entertainment|
Spellbound (Hangul: 오싹한 연애; Hanja: 오싹한 戀愛; RR: Ossakhan Yeonae; lit. "Chilling Romance") is a 2011 South Korean horror romantic comedy film, starring Son Ye-jin and Lee Min-ki. It is about a magician who falls in love with a woman who can see ghosts. It was written and directed by Hwang In-ho which also marks his directorial debut.
Jo-goo, a street magician (Lee Min-ki), notices a miserable looking girl, Yeo-ri (Son Ye-jin), in the audience during one of his performances, and she winds up being the inspiration for his “Horror magic show.” The show becomes a runaway success almost overnight and Jo-goo in turn, is now a successful stage magician with a model girlfriend. Yeo-ri works for Jo-goo, playing the specter in his show. Forward to almost a year later, the darkness inside her, something her colleagues sense, keeps her from truly connecting with them. When Jo-goo’s attempts to include Yeo-ri in a staff dinner finally succeeds, hilarious disaster ensues when she ends up blindingly drunk. Jo-goo calls Yeo-ri the next morning to sort things out, but when the phone disconnects with a weird sound, he decides to drop by her place for a visit instead. There, Jo-goo meets and engages in a game of hide-and-seek with a ghost child, which then scares the bejesus out of him later that night. As the two of them spend more time together, developing a fast friendship, Yeo-ri confesses the long story behind her gray, wan face.
Yeo-ri has acquired an 'unwanted' ability to see the dead ever since she survived a high school automobile accident. She not only sees dead people, but these 'dead people' also appear in her life on a regular basis. In particular, the vengeful ghost of her best friend Joo-hee, who died during that automobile incident, follows her everywhere scaring people around her relentlessly. Yeo-ri eventually ends up leading a solitary life, even her family has fled the country and left her behind. She sleeps in a tent in her living room, speaks to a friend sometimes and only through the phone, resigning herself to the idea that her solitary life is best in the grand scheme of things.
During the course of Jo-goo’s failed attempts to find his lonely friend Yeo-ri a boyfriend, the pair start to develop feelings for each other. And though Jo-goo is sometimes scared witless himself, he loves Yeo-ri enough to overcome his fear. Joo-hee, consumed by jealousy, becomes a threat during the show, prompting Yeo-ri to head off to join her family in order to protect Jo-goo from herself and the ghost. Is getting away going to be that easy, or does Joo-hee have more tricks up her sleeves?
- Son Ye-jin - Kang Yeo-ri
- Lee Min-ki - Ma Jo-goo
- Park Chul-min - Pil-dong
- Kim Hyun-sook - Min-jung
- Lee Mi-do - Yoo-jin
- Yoon Ji-min - Seon-woo
- Lee Hyun-jin - Ki-woo
- Hwang Seung-eon - Lee Joo-hee
- Uhm Tae-goo - magic show producer
The film sold 590,232 tickets during its opening weekend of December 9 to 11, and grossed ₩3.7 billion in its first week of release. It received 1.6 million admissions after two weeks, 1.91 million by December 18, and more than 2.29 million by December 21. In total, the film had 3,009,356 admissions nationwide, with a gross of ₩22,010,977,000 after six weeks of screening, making it the 7th top-grossing Korean film of 2011, and by far the most successful Korean romantic comedy in recent years.
- "Ossakhan Yeonae (Chilly Romance)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2012-04-20.
- "Chilling Romance (2011)". The Chosun Ilbo. 2 December 2011. Retrieved 2012-04-20.
- "Romance lost between spooks and laughs". The Korea Times. 24 November 2011. Retrieved 2012-04-20.
- "Their cold kiss warms screens". The New Paper. 9 May 2012. Retrieved 2012-04-20.
- "Spellbound (2011) Movie Review". Beyond Hollywood. 15 January 2012. Retrieved 2012-04-20.
- "Movie review: Spellbound". Los Angeles Times. 16 December 2011. Retrieved 2012-04-20.
- "Review: Happy to be alive in Spellbound". National Post. 12 January 2012. Retrieved 2012-04-20.
- "Spellbound (2011)". CJ Entertainment. Retrieved 2012-04-20.
- "Preview: A Lovable Horror Film Lead Girl and Her Chilling Romance". enewsWorld. 23 November 2011. Retrieved 2012-04-20.
- "Son Ye Jin Returns to the Big Screen With Rom Com". enewsWorld. 24 October 2011. Retrieved 2012-04-20.
- "Son Ye Jin Pulls Off a 'Hamburger Kiss' for Chilling Romance". enewsWorld. 22 November 2011. Retrieved 2012-04-20.
- "Sohn Ye Jin: 'I Do Not Like Similar Appearance'". KBS Global. 28 November 2011. Retrieved 2012-04-20.
- "Son Ye-jin Eyeing Melodrama After Chilling Romance". The Chosun Ilbo. 1 December 2011. Retrieved 2012-04-20.
- "Son Ye-jin casts her spell over new romantic comedy". Korea JoongAng Daily. 2 December 2011. Retrieved 2012-04-20.
- "Actress Son Ye-jin's Movie Picks". 10Asia. 23 December 2011. Retrieved 2013-06-12.
- "Sweet-faced at 30". The Straits Times. 9 May 2012. Retrieved 2012-05-20.
- "Lee Min Ki and Son Ye Jin Praise Each Other". enewsWorld. 22 November 2011. Retrieved 2012-04-20.
- "Spellbound works magic on local box office for 1st win". 10Asia. 12 December 2011. Retrieved 2012-04-20.
- "South Korea Box Office: December 2–4, 2011". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2012-04-20.
- "Box office, Nov. 30 – Dec. 13". Korean Film Biz Zone. Retrieved 2012-04-20.
- "Chilling Romance Likely to Break the Two Million Ticket M". enewsWorld. 19 December 2011. Retrieved 2012-04-20.
- "Can Lee Min Jung Lead a Box Office Hit?". enewsWorld. 22 December 2011. Retrieved 2012-04-20.
- "South Korea Box Office: January 6–8, 2012". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2012-04-20.
- "The Best Selling Films of 2011". Koreanfilm.org. Retrieved 2014-03-30.