A young woman finds a pair of red shoes on an otherwise deserted
underground station platform, and can't resist taking them
home. When she discovers her husband is having an affair,
she and her young daughter move into an apartment which is
being designed by a mysterious stranger. Immediately, the
shoes begin to take control of her life. She constantly fights
with her ballet-loving daughter for possession of them, her
mother practically steals them and is killed in a seeming
accident, and she herself is plagued by visions of something
not quite seen. It seems the shoes are cursed, but they are
not the only ones with a back-story; the young woman harbours
her own dark secret...
purposefully chose this film from my latest batch of review
discs to watch first. It feels like a while since the last
East Asian horror film I saw, and remembering the more than
decent track record of classy supernatural horror films to
have emerged from the thoroughbred stable of Tartan Asia Extreme,
I was looking forward to Red Shoes. It won't surprise
you then, from this lead-up, that this example falls far short
of most previous releases - being mediocre at best.
Aside from the opening sequence, nothing of significance happens
for the first thirty minutes of this film - which is loosely
based on the Hans Christian Anderson tale - and thereafter
the lead character wanders around wide-eyed as if that is
enough to frighten the viewing public. There are endless scenes
of her calling for her daughter, until you're more than tired
of hearing it. Another problem is that Korean director Yong-Gyun
Kim has attempted to create poetic imagery which just doesn't
work, only succeeding in slowing the scenes down even more.
The sign of an interesting or captivating DVD film is one
you can manage in a single sitting. It took me four attempts
to get through Red Shoes.