Phone (film)

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Phone film poster.jpg
Theatrical poster
Revised Romanization Pon
McCune–Reischauer P'on
Directed by Ahn Byeong-ki
Produced by Ahn Byeong-ki
Written by Ahn Byeong-ki
Lee Yu-jin
Starring Ha Ji-won
Kim Yoo-mi
Music by Lee Sang-ho
Cinematography Mun Yong-sik
Edited by Park Soon-duk
Distributed by Buena Vista Korea
Release date
  • 26 July 2002 (2002-07-26)
Running time
103 minutes
Country South Korea
Language Korean
Box office US$21,784,403[1]

Phone (Hangul; RRPon) is a 2002 South Korean horror film written and directed by Ahn Byeong-ki and starring Ha Ji-won and Kim Yoo-mi. The film is a complex and disturbing love story that involves possession and ghosts.


After writing a series of articles about a pedophilia scandal, journalist Ji-won receives threatening calls on her cellular and subsequently changes her number. Her close friend Ho-jung, who is infertile, and her husband Chang-hoon invite Ji-won to move to their empty house in Bang Bae that is newly furnished. When Ho-jung's daughter Young-ju answers an anonymous phone call on Ji-won's new cell phone, the girl screams and begins to show a disturbing attraction for her father and jealous rejection towards her mother. Meanwhile, Ji-won receives more mysterious phone calls and sees a teenager playing Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata" on the piano. After investigating her phone number, Ji-won discovers that the original owner of the number, Jin-hee, had vanished and that the two subsequent owners of the number had died mysteriously in unusual circumstances. Her further investigation about Jin-hee reveals that the teenage schoolgirl was obsessively in love with a man who had broken up with her.

Before Jin-hee vanished, Ji-won found out that Jin-hee was in a relationship with Chang-hoon. Ho-jung found out about the affair and confronted Jin-hee. During their confrontation, Jin-hee mocked Ho-jung's infertility problem and told Ho-jung that she was pregnant with Chang-hoon's baby. In a struggle between the two women, Ho-jung accidentally pushed Jin-hee down the stairs and killed her. Ji-won also discovers that Jin-hee's dead body was hidden inside one of the walls at the house she is staying at. However, before Ji-won can go out for help, Ho-Jung arrives and knocks her out. Ho-jung reveals that aside of Jin-hee, Ho-jung is also jealous of Ji-won, who had let her egg be used in in vitro fertilisation so Ho-jung could conceive Young-ju, which technically made Ji-won the true biological mother of Young-ju. It is also revealed that Ho-Jung stages suicide for Chang-hoon, making it seem that he is guilty of Jin-hee's death, so he commits suicide in the bathtub.

Ho-jung plans to burn the body of Jin-hee and the unconscious Ji-won with gasoline. However, Jin-hee's spirit awakens and takes revenge on Ho-jung, thus saving Ji-won. The film ends with Ji-won dropping the cursed cell phone into the ocean, which rings after entering the water.


  • Ha Ji-won... Ji-won, a young journalist
  • Kim Yoo-mi... Ho-jung
  • Choi Woo-jae ... Chang-hoon
  • Choi Ji-yeon ... Jin-hee
  • Eun Seo-woo ... Young-ju
  • Choi Jung-yoon ... Min Ja-young


Imprint Entertainment bought the rights for an American remake in 2009.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Pon (Phone)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2014-06-02. 
  2. ^ Barton, Steven (4 December 2009). "Imprint Entertainment Answers the Phone for Remake". Dread Central. Retrieved 2014-06-02. 

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