Wishing Stairs



                                              If you leave now we will never be friends again!


The legend goes that if you climb the twenty eight steps leading up to the school dormitory, counting each step aloud, and find a twenty ninth, a spirit will appear and grant you a wish.

The movie takes place in a girl's art school and focuses on two friends studying ballet, however their friendship soon turns sour when they find themselves competing for a single spot in a Russian ballet school. Yun Ji-seong played by Sung Ji Hyo, remembering the old legend of the "Wishing Stairs" wishes for a place in the prestigious ballet school, and in a shocking turn of events, she gets it, at the cost of her best friend, Kim So-hie's life. However, it's only when the extremely odd character of Eom Hye-ju wishes the dead girl back, that an unspeakable evil is released.

The film itself seems to mirror the ballet "Giselle", which girls in the film are studying, as well as drawing upon the classic short story "The Monkeys Paw". So-hie as Giselle. Jin-sung as Albrecht. Jin-sung betrays So-hie, which in turn leads to So-hie being crippled and commits suicide after her friend Jin-sung confesses she has hated her all along. When So-hie's spirit is wished back, Jin-sung is haunted by So-hie's ghost, and in the end forgiven. The film, however has a very different outcome than that of the ballet.
















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Directed by Yun Jae-yeon
Produced by Lee Chun-yeon
Written by Kim Su-ah
Lee Yong-yeon
Eun Si-yeon
Lee Soyoung
Starring Song Ji-hyo
Park Han-byul
Jo An-ah
Music by Gong Myeong-ah
Distributed by Cinema Service
Release date(s) August 1, 2003
Running time 97 mins.
Language Korean







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