I fairly enjoyed this film. After hearing that it strongly resembles Tales of Two Sisters, I just had to watch it! And yes it made me cried and had its scary moments. It was more of a drama movie than actual horror. Though it doesn't break new grounds, its does emphasize it's character's enough to make a good rental :wink: Anyways! I've had been requested to review this film and here it is! Note that there is no spoilers unless I mark them.
The Wig (Gabal)
Director: Won-sin Yeon
Release Date: August 12, 2005
Genre: Psychological Horror/Drama
Time: 103 Minutes
Released by: CJ Productions
~Cast of Characters~
Ji-hyun: older sister
Su-hyun: younger sister
~A twisted tale of false hope and ideals, two sisters are presented a gift that will haunt them for the rest of their life....~
Inside a dark hospital room, Su-Hyun is a dying cancer patient who lost all of her hair during chemotherapy. Her older sister Ji Hyun comes to pick her up and buys her a beautiful black wig to cheer her up. Little does she know, the wig was taken off the head of a suicide catastrophe. The wig is cursed with a vengeful ghost, i'm sure you already saw that coming right?
At home, Su-Hyun sits in front of a mirror and tries on the wig. Her energy level surges through the roof and her health drastically improves. Could this wig bring good things in life? Despite what she may think, its curse sends Ji-hyun mute after a terrifying car crash that severs her vocal cords.
When Su-Hyun takes off the Wig, she becomes a frail girl, crunching over into a little ball. Her nose would bleed and she'll roll around the ground in pain. She decides to stop taking the prescribed pills and opts to live with the scary wig. Her body ages quickly and she grows into a beautiful women. However, she also becomes hostile towards Ji-hyun and even seduces her sister's ex-boyfriend. Could it just be the effects of the pills?
Ji-Hyun wants answers through her own eyes. She takes a peek in the bathroom and immediately falls back, gasping at the sight of Su-hyun stroking the hair of dead women. She finally realizes that the Wig is cursed. How will Ji-hyun convince her sister to remove the cursed wig? What relationship does the wig have with Su-hyun? Ji-hyun traces the root of the problem to an old factory where the tailor was killed and discovers a shocking revelation.
The Wig is a very depressing movie thats has a much more traumatic effect on its audience than actually being frightening. The gloomy cast of characters adds a sense of hopelessness and despair of battling cancer and facing the curse of the Wig. Though the film is titled The Wig, the emphasis is not on the wig, but more-so on the characters. That doesn't mean there won't be any wigs strangling people, but it only comes as an afterthought. The suffering of facing death and meeting death creates a very serious tone that can be very suffocating to endure.
However with that said, when the true motives of the Wig reviews Itself, the movie begins to dig itself into a grave. It's too much of a coincidence that's difficult to swallow and the surprising revelation is hastened with endings after endings that is meant to build a mellow dramatic moment but it doesn't work. Director Won-sin Yeon also managed to squeeze in homosexuality and more gorey scenes in the final chapter. Just when you think its about to end, he throws in yet another shocking revelation, How sneaky!
There are a few well-done Ringu moments in the film. Only one peek-a-boo moment comes to mind and that's with a frightened kitty jumping out from a locker that gave me a massive heart-attack. Watching the Wig slither across the ground was silly and thankfully it was done sparingly. One scene in particular almost made me threw up where Su-hyun scratches her head and pills were popping out of her skull. The sound FX and Su-hyun's creepy smile really brought this scene to life, squishy..squashy…eww
The Wig is enjoyable film if you don't take the Wig as a mechanism for horror. The lack of scares might not be for everyone, but the melo-dramatic characters are more than enough to fill those in.The Wig itself isn't going to slither around strangling people. It won't turn Su-hyun into a maniac killer. But as a tool to exploit hopelessness, it works well.It's a very gloomy film, one that has much more drama than horror. It does have a stupid plot but it is revolving around a silly wig to begin with. The revelation is bit too coincidental to be taken seriously and the movie loses much of its charm.
+Plenty of Plot-twist, sibling rivalry
+A cat scarying the crap out of Ji-Hyun!
+Very Dark and suffocating atmosphere
-A bit more horror would be nice
-Consistent pacing and story-telling
-Drop the redundant sexual sub-plot
-More developed relationships between characters
Score: 7.7 / 10
*The movie was actually called "Scary Hair"
*The American box-art fails to capture the theme of the movie and is very misleading!Blood is scarce and the cover doesn't do justice to the film.
*From Comthitnuong, "One thing I would like to ask is how is it that if the wig makes her age quickly, she becomes more beautiful?"
*There are depictions of homosexuality
[spoiler] Hee-ju's ghost in Soo-hyun's body: Teacher. It's me, Hee-ju.
Ki-seok: [Confused] Soo-hyun...
Hee-ju's ghost in Soo-hyun's body: I'm Hee-ju, not Soo-hyun... Feel me. I'm not a man anymore.
Ki-seok: You're not Hee-ju... Hee-ju's dead.
Hee-ju's ghost in Soo-hyun's body: I'm alive right now! I've waited so long for this moment. I so wanted to reveal myself to you...
Ki-seok: Hee-ju, it's no use. Let Soo-hyun go. That body isn't yours.
Hee-ju's ghost in Soo-hyun's body: You liked me. You loved me!
Ki-seok: I loved you... But ...
Hee-ju's ghost in Soo-hyun's body: Love is for one person only!... And it never wavers. [/spoiler]
Taken from a very emotional moment....
Su-hyon- "Ji-hyun... At the amusement park... Do you remember the balloons dad bought us? As we fought over the prettier color, the balloon flew up to the sky. I cried, and so did you... So you told me... Later, when I'm grown up, you'd put wings on me. So I could go to the sky and find the balloon... Ji-hyun... Thank you for the wings"
*Spoiler tag contains quotes taken from IMDB's site and yes that tag does contain spoilers.
*Added Comthitnuong's question to notepad regarding Su-hyun's accelerated aging and her beauty, good Question :wink: