The Red Shoes


South Korea 2005. Dir Kim Yong-gyun.

With Hye-su Kim, Seong-su Kim, Yeon-ah Park. 103 min.

Korean director Kim Yong-gyun delivers a gripping and darkly haunting horror film in his 2005 adaptation of the 1948 Michael Powel and Emeric Pressburger classic of the same title, inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale. In Yong-gyun’s version, an elegant pair of shocking pink (not red, as the title suggests) shoes is found on a platform of a subway station. Very soon the abandoned pair of heels reveals to its wearers its bewitching magnetism and destructive power, turning female fantasies of glamour into bloody nightmares – quite literally.