The Wig

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The Wig
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Theatrical poster
Hangul
Hanja
Revised Romanization Gabal
McCune–Reischauer Kabal
Directed by Won Shin-yun
Produced by Kim Yong-dae
Lee Seo-yeol
Written by Do Hyeon-jeong
Won Shin-yun
Starring Chae Min-seo
Yoo Sun
Sa Hyeon-jin
Music by Kim Jun-seong
Cinematography Kim Dong-eun
Edited by Kim Sun-min
Production
company
Korea Entertainment
Distributed by CJ Entertainment
Release date
  • August 12, 2005 (2005-08-12)
Running time
106 minutes
Country South Korea
Language Korean
Box office US$2,146,621[1]

The Wig (Hangul가발; RRGabal) is 2005 South Korean horror film directed by Won Shin-yun, and starring Chae Min-seo and Yoo Sun. It was first released on August 12, 2005 in South Korea and was released onto DVD in the United States in 2008.

Plot[edit]

A young woman named Soo-hyeon (Chae Min-seo) is struggling against cancer and her older sister Ji-hyeon (Yoo Sun) decides that she should take her home so that she really can enjoy what little time she has left rather than to spend it in a hospital. Ji-hyeon is a mute, during a car accident which impaled her throat. She now cannot speak again and can only make rasping noises at the most; despite this, she is a very strong person and very caring for her little sister. She buys a long-haired wig with bangs for her so that she can go out without having to feel ashamed of herself; what she doesn't know is that the wig is cursed. Soo-hyeon is so happy with the wig on, she begins to look and act a lot healthier and far more attractive. She leaves the house often, to take photos of herself at various locations.

Soon, however, she begins to flirt and try and steal Ji-hyeon's boyfriend. He breaks up with Ji-hyeon but is still not too interested in Soo-hyeon. One day, one of Ji-hyeon's friends finds out that her husband is cheating on her and is at a loss for a solution to her problem. Soo-hyeon lends her wig saying that she will feel that she looks prettier and better. She agrees and takes the wig home. The next day she is found dead with her husband, covered in hair. Soo-hyeon's wig returns to her, mysteriously. She then goes out to a club with Ji-hyeon's ex-boyfriend. Ji-hyeon follows her and attempts to speak to her in the toilets, but Soo-hyeon cruelly ignores her and she leaves. Soo-hyeon tries to put her makeup on but is then suddenly plagued with frightening images of her sister's friend's demise. Ji-hyeon takes her home. The next day, Soo-hyeon tries to have sex with Ji-hyeon's ex, but Ji-hyeon picks her up and the two drive home in silence, until Soo-hyeon begins to goad her. Ji-hyeon angrily stomps on the brakes, but soon begins to drive on.

At home the two don't speak until Soo-hyeon washes the wig, when Ji-hyeon sees a ghost in the wig. Soo-hyeon begins to brush her "hair" later on, but Ji-hyeon grabs the wig from her head and locks Soo-hyeon in her room. As Soo-hyeon pounds on the door screaming, her sister cuts the wig to shreds. The cancer then comes back to Soo-hyeon and she has to go back to hospital, unhappy and heartbroken, refusing to see her sister. Things turn from bad to worse as Soo-hyeon escapes from the hospital after not taking her medication. We see a twisted, disturbing scene of Soo-hyeon pulling pills from her bloody scalp.

We are then shown that the wig belonged to a man who was in a romantic relationship with Ji-hyeon's ex-boyfriend. Being gay, he was eventually shunned by Ji-hyeon's ex and beaten by a group of teens, cutting his long hair out. He then committed suicide by jumping off a building. The ghost of the man (now fully possessing Soo-hyeon) is using her as a host and tries to go back with Ji-hyeon's ex. As they kiss, Soo-hyeon's hair grows very long at an impossibly fast rate. Ji-hyeon appears and fights the ghost in her sister's body and sets fire to the long hair, freeing her sister and destroying the ghost. Unfortunately, Ji-hyeon hallucinates that the ghost is there instead of her sister and beats her to death with her camera. As Soo-hyeon dies, her sister cries at what she had done. The film ends, showing the two girls as children in a photograph, before Soo-hyeon's cancer and Ji-hyeon's speech loss.

Cast[edit]

  • Chae Min-seo as Soo-hyeon / Hee-joo
  • Yoo Sun as Ji-hyeon
  • Bang Moon-soo as Ki-seok
  • Sa Hyeon-jin as Kyeong-joo
  • Soy as Hye-yeong
  • Shin Hyeong-jong as father of Hye-yeong
  • Seo Joo-seong as husband of Kyeong-joo
  • Na Hyeon-joo as Min-joo
  • Ryoo Hyeon-min as Tae-joon
  • Kim Joo-kyeong as Ki-hoon

Reception[edit]

Critical reception for The Wig has been mixed.[2] DVD Talk and Shock Till You Drop were both relatively ambivalent in their reviews, as both felt that the movie wasn't the best that Asian horror had to offer but still had some viewing value to it that people would enjoy.[3][4] Bloody Disgusting echoed these sentiments, as they felt that the movie "requires a lot of commitment on the part of the viewer" but that the payoff was "worth it, because as strange as it is, you might not have seen anything quite like it before."[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "GABAL (THE WIG)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 19 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "DVD Verdict Review: The Wig". DVD Verdict. Retrieved 19 December 2013. 
  3. ^ "The Wig (Region 3) (review)". DVD Talk. Retrieved 19 December 2013. 
  4. ^ "The Wig (review)". STYD. Retrieved 19 December 2013. 
  5. ^ "The Wig (review)". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved 19 December 2013. 

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