Reminiscent of the film FREQUENCY, DITTO follows high-school students So-eun (Kim Ha-neul) and In (Yoo Ji-tae) as they realize that they can never be together. So-eun, living in 1979 South Korea, begins making transmissions on a ham radio and contacts In, who unbeknownst to her lives in the year 2000. The two find that they attend the same high school, and still not aware of the time warp, strike up friendship and a romance. In addition to the timeless love story, this film is significant in its exploration of cultural identity and politics.
This drama is about two girls, Jin Sun Mi (Chae Rim) and Heo Young Mi (Kim So Yeon). Sun Mi had a nice childhood and grew up with lots of love from her father. Young Mi's mother left her when she was young and her father was a drunk who recently died. She had a hard childhood but never gave up and made it into college
This drama is about Emperor Wang Gun, the founder of the Koryo Dynasty.
Hye-jin's (Kim) homecoming should have been a joyous occassion. She was especially happy to see her childhood friend again, the shy Eun-ju (Ha). However, when a secret is revealed, harsh words are exchanged. These words deeply affect Eun-ju and,in the next scene, we see her plummeting from a 30-story building. In a flashback provided by Seon-ae, we learn that the ghost of Eun-ju is hunting down all of Hye-jin's friends and killing them. Is this possible or is a more worldly force at work? What is this mysterious tape that everyone is asking about?
Please be aware that this movie is rated R and may contain material not appropriate for all ages.
Min-ah discovers a scarlet-covered diary as she is hurrying to school. She has a brief hallucinatory experience when she opens it, initiating a series of strange occurrences which eventually draw Min-ah into the eerie world of the diary. In her desire to find out more about the diary, Min-ah feigns an illness, getting permission to lie down in the school's clinic. There she witnesses the reunion of Hyo-shin and Shi-eun... The day in the girls' high school is half over, and the students are preoccupied with the trauma of getting their physical checkups. Suddenly their hustle and bustle is abruptly interrupted by a sharp scream which announces the death of Hyo-shin... Soon, her ghostly entity will linger over everyone's secret..
Four guys with nothing better to do decide to rob a gas station. When they find out there isn't as much money as they expected, they lock up the employees and take over to make more money. They don't know how to run the gas pumps, and when the customers complain, the guys take them hostage. Everything is more or less under a chaotic kind of control, until they order Chinese food and make the mistake of harassing the delivery boy. He rounds up a bunch of other delivery boys to attack the gas station. Another confrontation with a high school gang and the local mafia provokes a bigger fight. Finally the police arrive for the final showdown.
When The Quiet Family was put on screen amid high expectations of a box-office hit, cinema magazines did special features on spooky films of korea. However, this film is far different from the horror movies of the 1960s and 1970s that usually dealt with a pre-modern ghost with a sharp shrill. If one has to find a previous production that inherited any hints of traditional Korean horror movie to TheQuiet Family, it would be Director Sang-ok Shin's Her Miserable Life.
The Quiet Family appeals more to young spectators well accumstomed to the sentiment and sensitivity of modern cinema than to the older fans who are well-versed in the idiomatic expressions of the old Korean horror movies. The stylistic actions, simple shooting style, fast-developing episodes, and superficial approach to the many characters would be the attractive factors. Therefore, the spectators would better give up any expectations for a female ghost when the old woman appearing in the early part of the movie disappears. Another decisive difference between this film and other Korean horror movies is that, here, the spectators are encouraged to reserve their judgment on the reality of the episodes. In other words, this film, like the fantastic movies of the West, has the system of inducing the hesitation of the spectators concerning their judgment on whether the incidents in the film are real or just a fantasy. Mi-na who narrates and adjourns this film is watching television all the time. Then, is The Quiet Family a fantasy born from this quiet yet weird girl's boring life or the uninteresting TV dramas.