WHITE: MELODY OF THE CURSE
WHITE: MELODY OF THE CURSE
When a Ghost Looks You Right in the Eye
By Marybel Gervais
In South Korea, K-pop groups are extremely popular, a phenomenon easily comparable to American boy-bands, girl-bands and their respective fan clubs. K-pop fans, mostly teenage girls, live for their idols. At the same time, these idols owe their success to a fickle fanbase. One day, their songs are playing constantly on the radio and the next, their career is over without any hope of a comeback. A real flash in the pan. It is in context that fraternal co-writers/directors Kim Sun and Kim Gok have staged their third collaboration, a “curse of the vengeful ghost” story. White: the Melody of the Curse quickly gets stuck in your head like a catchy chorus with its mix of ‘pretty in pink’ teens, catchy upbeat music and the ruthless facility with which it tickles your insides.
Four young women make up the motley crew that is the Pink Dolls. Sadly, their efforts to dominate the K-pop world fail to resonate with their audience. They lack that spark needed to win over fans of the genre. The eldest and, allegedly, the group leader, Eun-ju, is ready to call it quits when she chances upon a strange videotape in their new studio. Playing the tape back, Eun-ju and the Pink Dolls’ producer realize that the choreography and the video’s song White are unknown; if they were to appropriate it, they could possibly revamp the group’s image. The only problem is that this change would require a lead singer. Eun-ju’s bandmates are extremely competitive and desperate to land this gig, seeing it as the perfect opportunity to finally stand out. When Ah-rang is selected for the position, the other members can’t help but be green with envy. Hardly having enough time to savour her victory, an accident brings an abrupt stop to Ah-rang’s K-pop career. The same thing happens to that of her replacement. Worried, Eun-ju begins to sense that something is amiss. Her investigation will lead her to a paranormal conclusion involving a curse sent forth by White’s composer. All the evidence leads her to believe that these so-called accidents might in fact be the work of an evil spirit.
Littered with scream queens pushing their range to the very extreme, White is sure to surprise even those best prepared for this experience. In the same vein as vengeful ghost stories Ringu (Hideo Nakata, 1998) and Shutter (Banjong Pisanthanakun and Parkpoom Wongpoom, 2004), it subjects its audience to a host of uncomfortable scenes. We come to fear the blurred human forms lurking in the darkness. It’s exactly what real fans are looking for: an anticipated chill to the back of the neck that freezes one’s blood all the same. If you’re the type to stay up all night following a scary movie, you’re likely to have a hard time getting to bed after White: the Melody of the Curse.
WHITE : THE MELODY OF THE CURSE has its Quebec premiere on Aug 1 at 5:15pm in the Hall theatre. More information on the film HERE.