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Dead Friend, also known by its original title as The Ghost (which is the literal translation of or "Ryeong"), is a 2004 South Korean horror film. It was written and directed by Kim Tae-gyeong and was his debut feature. It stars Kim Ha-neul as Min Ji-won, Nam Sang-mi as Su-in, Bin (Jeon Hye-bin) as Eun-seo, and Shin Yi as Shin Mi-kyung. Both Kim Ha-neul and Nam Sang-mi previously starred together in Too Beautiful to Lie.

The film centers around Ji-Won, a teenage girl suffering from amnesia, who is being haunted by strange and disturbing visions. Things take a turn for the worst when she discovers her high school friends are being killed off one-by-one by what seems to be a vengeful ghost. It is up to Ji-Won to try to recover her lost memories and find out why the ghost is killing off her friends before it comes looking for her next.

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This film contains examples of:

  • Alpha Bitch: Ji-won was this in high school, picking on her former friend Su-in.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Su-in, completely by accident, got what she wished for - She becomes Ji-won. Unfortunately for her, there were some nasty concequences.
  • Break the Haughty: It was quite fun watching the victims' terror just before they were attacked, considering what haughty bitches they were in the past.
  • Catapult Nightmare: Practically every time Ji-Won wakes up.
  • Cigarette of Anxiety: Ji-won's high school friend Yu-sung needs to light one up while telling Ji-won about the "bizarre" things she's been seeing.
  • Completely Different Title: The original title of the film is (Ryeong), which literally translates to The Ghost. However, the English version changes the title to Dead Friend, which does have a connection to what happens in the film.
  • Creepy Child:
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    • EVERY SINGLE KID IN THIS MOVIE!
    • The slow chant "Hide well...Your hair might show. Hide well...Your hair might show" was especially creepy.
  • Darkness = Death: Every death happens on a dark night in a dark room. For an extra kicker, it's usually a stormy night too.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Every character in the film. Possibly intentional? The four main girls were particularly creepy whenever they stood in a row and just stared someone down.
  • Foreshadowing: The scene where a meek Su-in says "I want to be you", talking about how much she worships her more popular friend Ji-won.
  • Ghostly Goals: The ghost had unfinished business to attend to...but not before killing off most of the film's cast.
  • Girl Posse: The flashbacks reveal that Ji-won, who is kind and sweet now, used to be the Alpha Bitch head of a Mean Girl posse that picked on Su-in. Why is she nicer now? Because she isn't really Ji-won.
  • Grand Theft Me: Su-in's spirit has taken over Ji-won's body, although she doesn't realize that. Ji-won's spirit for her part has possessed her own mother.
  • I Wished You Were Dead: Eun-jung wishes a ghost would take her sister away. Guess what happens not five minutes later?
  • Kill the Cutie: Poor Su-in, pushed into a river by her bitchy fake friends.
  • Nightmare Sequence: Ji-won has more than one.
  • Ominous Music Box Tune: The movie's theme song.
  • Police are Useless: While reporting a ghost is pretty ridiculous, it's hard not to shake your head when the police officers laugh in Ji-won's face and call her crazy when there are a bunch of random, unexplainable and downright impossible deaths happening around the city.
  • The Reveal: The ending.
  • Stringy-Haired Ghost Girl: Played completely straight, with the scary damp ghost girl, until the Twist Ending that puts a spin on the ghost's identity.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: The ending reveals that the spirit of Su-in is inhabiting Ji-won's body, and that the ghost is actually the spirit of Ji-won.
  • Vomit Indiscretion Shot: The lovely close up of Eun-seo vomiting buckets and buckets of water.

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