DirectorAhn Byeong-ki Initial DVD releaseJanuary 25, 2005 (USA) Duration LanguageKorean
Release date26 July 2002 (2002-07-26) Initial releaseJuly 26, 2002 (South Korea) CastHa Ji-Won (Ji-won), Yu-mi Kim (Ho-jeong), Woo-jae Choi (Chang-hoon), Ji-yeon Choi (Jin-hie), Seo-woo Eun (Yeong-ju), Choi Jeong-yun (Woman in elevator) Similar moviesHa Ji-won and Choi Jung-yoon appear in Phone and Nightmare, Choi Jung-yoon appears in Phone and Bunshinsaba, Memento Mori (1999), Acacia (2003), Cinderella (2006)
TaglineThe Last Call You'll Ever Get ...
Korean horror phone 2002 trailer
Phone (Hangul: 폰; RR: Pon) is a 2002 South Korean horror film written and directed by Ahn Byeong-ki and starring Ha Ji-won and Kim Yoo-mi. The film is a complex and disturbing love story that involves possession and ghosts.
After writing a series of articles about a pedophilia scandal, journalist Ji-won receives threatening calls on her cellular and subsequently changes her number. Her close friend Ho-jung, who is infertile, and her husband Chang-hoon invite Ji-won to move to their empty house in Bang Bae that is newly furnished. When Ho-jung's daughter Young-ju answers an anonymous phone call on Ji-won's new cell phone, the girl screams and begins to show a disturbing attraction for her father and jealous rejection towards her mother. Meanwhile, Ji-won receives more mysterious phone calls and sees a teenager playing Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata" on the piano. After investigating her phone number, Ji-won discovers that the original owner of the number, Jin-hee, had vanished and that the two subsequent owners of the number had died mysteriously in unusual circumstances. Her further investigation about Jin-hee reveals that the teenage schoolgirl was obsessively in love with a man who had broken up with her.
Before Jin-hee vanished, Ji-won found out that Jin-hee was in a relationship with Chang-hoon. Ho-jung found out about the affair and confronted Jin-hee. During their confrontation, Jin-hee mocked Ho-jung's infertility problem and told Ho-jung that she was pregnant with Chang-hoon's baby. In a struggle between the two women, Ho-jung accidentally pushed Jin-hee down the stairs and killed her. Ji-won also discovers that Jin-hee's dead body was hidden inside one of the walls at the house she is staying at. However, before Ji-won can go out for help, Ho-Jung arrives and knocks her out. Ho-jung reveals that aside of Jin-hee, Ho-jung is also jealous of Ji-won, who had let her egg be used in in vitro fertilisation so Ho-jung could conceive Young-ju, which technically made Ji-won the true biological mother of Young-ju. It is also revealed that Chang-hoon, still in guilt of Jin-hee's death, commits suicide in the bathtub.
Ho-jung plans to burn the body of Jin-hee and the unconscious Ji-won with gasoline. However, Jin-hee's spirit awakens and takes revenge on Ho-jung, thus saving Ji-won. The film ends with Ji-won dropping the cursed cell phone into the ocean, which rings after entering the water.
Ha Ji-won... Ji-won, a young journalist
Kim Yoo-mi... Ho-jung
Choi Woo-jae ... Chang-hoon
Choi Ji-yeon ... Jin-hee
Eun Seo-woo ... Young-ju
Choi Jung-yoon ... Min Ja-young
Imprint Entertainment bought the rights for an American remake in 2009.