|Bunhongsin 2005 South Korea The Red Shoes|
The red shoes, usually referred to in the singular in the film, are really more of a fuchsia pink set of pumps. The "Red" is surely meant to symbolize blood, as in "blood on your hands", but I digress.
It's the production values of The Red Shoes that make it worthwhile. This is a good looking film whose creators clearly cared about doing it well. The cinematography is creepy and creative, accentuating the sense of dread with distortions, colors and inspired scene locations. The soundtrack is understated and almost peaceful—it's not used to create tension where none exists. And the script, typical of Asian Horror, is loose enough for the viewer to choose from a number of interpretive styles: is it a dream, a figment of some dreadful imagination, or is everybody a different aspect of a multiple personalty?
The Red Shoes doesn't break any new ground but if you are a fan of the genre this is a professionally put together package.
Summary: After catching her husband cheating with another woman, Sun Jae takes her young daughter and moves into a dilapidated old apartment building to start a new life. Heading home from work one day, Sun Jae finds a strange pair of high-heeled red shoes located inside her subway car, and decides to take them with her. Unfortunately, these shoes are cursed and cause unspeakable repercussions for those foolish enough to try them on.