MBC's Soul/Hon/혼/魂

I’ve been catching up on Korean Drama Soul [broadcasted by MBC], just watched episode 6 [yes I’m quite behind in watching it] and the part where Yoo Yun Suk [who plays Baek Joong Chan, the school bully] looks like he is just waving his hands from his face, but he is actually moving the ghost’s hair from his face. So of course to everyone else it just looks like he is just hitting thin air.

Doesn’t that bit just remind you of the 2004 Thai horror film Shutter?? [no not the crap hollywood remake].

For those who don’t know the movie [do not read if you plan to watch the movie, contains spoilers]

After celebrating at a drinking party with his closest friends in Bangkok, Tun (Ananda Everingham), a photographer, and his girlfriend, Jane (Natthaweeranuch Thongmee), get into a car accident. Jane hits a girl but Tun does not allow her to get out of the car and the couple drive away, leaving the girl lying in the road.

Tun begins to discover mysterious shadows on his photographs, leading Jane to believe that the girl who they hit on the road is haunting them. Tun, who has been experiencing severe neck pains since the accident, dismisses the idea, though Tun’s friends are also being haunted by this mysterious girl.

Jane begins to investigate and discovers that the girl was Natre (Achita Sikamana), a shy girl who had attended studied the same college as Tun. After confronting Tun, Tun admits that he and Natre were in a relationship, which Tun had kept secret from his friends. Natre threatened to commit suicide when Tun broke off the relationship.

Tun starts to be haunted by Natre’s ghost so he and Jane visit Natre’s mother, where they find the decaying body of Natre in her bedroom, learning that Natre had committed suicide. Back in Bangkok, Tun’s friend, Tan, commits suicide, jumping from his apartment balcony. Tun discovers that his two other close friends from college have also committed suicide. Believing that they have been coerced into doing so by Natre’s ghost, Tun becomes convinced that he will be next.

Natre’s ghost appears in Tun’s apartment one night, and the chain of events culminate with Tun surviving a fall from the fire escape ladder outside his building. Natre’s funeral is held the following day, after which Jane hopes that everything will return to normal.

However, on returning to Bangkok Jane collects some photographs. One of the films shows a series of shadowy images of Natre in Tun’s apartment, trying to find something on the bookcase. Investigating further, Jane finds a set of negatives hidden behind the bookcase. She develops the negatives to find photographs in which Tun’s friends are sexually assaulting Natre. Disgusted by what she has found, and feeling betrayed by his lies, she leaves Tun.

Realising that he is still haunted by her ghost, Tun takes a series of Polaroid photographs in his apartment in an attempt to find Natre. Having no success, he throws the camera across the room in a rage, only for it to go off, taking a photograph of Tun. The Polaroid develops, showing Natre sitting on Tun’s shoulders, the cause of his ongoing neck pain. In the ensuing confrontation Tun jumps from the window, trying to escape.

However, Tun again survives the fall. Jane visits him in hospital, where Tun is in a critical condition. As the door to his room swings shut, Tun’s reflection can be seen in the glass. Natre is still sitting on his shoulders.

credits: wikipedia

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