Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Hansel and Gretel (2007)

A rather interesting re-telling of the late Grimm Brother's fairy tale. This Korean adaptation puts a slight twist on the western version. Our lead character Eun-soo has an accident whilst traveling to visit his ill Mother in hospital, he awakens in a forest from which he cannot escape. During the night he meets a young girl who takes him to her house in the centre of the forest. There, he meets her older brother, younger sister and her Mother and Father, but all it not what it seems as strange things start to occur and despite his days spent wandering through the forest he never seems any closer to finding a way out.

The film is borderline fantasy with very little real horror to be had, I say this only as I find it interesting that it is classed as a horror film. What it really is is a drama about the way in which children perceive adults and the interaction they receive. It is difficult to reveal more of the plot without spoiling the experience. I did find some of the pacing to be a bit slow and there were certainly scenes that I think could have been left on the cutting room floor, but overall this is quite a solid entry for Korean genre films and it is unusual to see films that place such a high degree of responsibility on the child actors.

The cinematography is quite beautiful and very colourful with some great use of saturation of background whilst keeping colour in the foreground. The soundtrack was a little week and very front heavy, but the film is mostly dialogue driven and for the most part was quite clear and concise.

The film wasn't quite as good as I was expecting, but by the same token I am not quite sure why I was expecting it to be any different to what it was.

regrettably I was unable to locate a trailer with English subtitles so until I do here is the Korean trailer:

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