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Whispering Corridors is a Korean horror film directed by Park Ki-Hyung in 1998 about a series of unexplained murders committed by a ghost. Eun-Young, a former student turned teacher, investigates the murders after Mrs. Park, a fellow teacher calls her about Jin-ju, a former friend of Eun-Young's. Three students, Ji-oh (an art student), Jae-yi (a shy student), and Jung-sook (a strange and unpopular student), doing morning janitorial duties find her body hanging from a tree. Although her death looks like a suicide, rumors fly around the school that Jin-ju, an unpopular student who died years ago is back to take revenge on the teachers who tormented her. Eun-young and the three students get caught up in the dark secrets of the school and must stop the ghost before she commits another murder.


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  • Before School Cleaning Duty: The three main characters are assigned to before school janitorial duties and it's where they discover the body of Mrs. Park.
  • Boarding School of Horrors: Jookran High School for Girls. Not only to you have to deal with nasty class mates and teachers; it's also haunted.
  • Driven to Suicide: Jung-Sook, an intelligent but unpopular student hangs herself after being harassed by a teacher.
  • Ghostly Goals: Jin-ju A.K.A. Jae-yi goal is take vengeance on all teachers at the school because she was mistreated by them. She's a combination of types A and B.
  • In-Series Nickname: Mrs. Park and Mr. Oh are given by students the unflattering nicknames of The Fox and Mad Dog.
  • High School: The film takes place in a girls-only Korean High School.
  • Odd Friendship: Jae-yi (a shy student) and Ji-oh (an outgoing art student) have little contact with each other at the beginning of the film, but quickly become fast friends.
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  • One-Gender School: Jookran High School is all-girls school.
  • Our Ghosts Are Different: The ghost looks like an ordinary high school student, is not transparent, and walks around in the daylight.
  • Mauve Shirt: Mrs. Park and Mr. Oh
  • Psychic Powers: Ji-oh, an art student, is rumored to be able to communicate with the dead. She even conduces a seance at one point before class.
  • Posthumous Character: Jin-ju. Much of her character is explained through Eun-Young's flashbacks and dialogue.
  • Sadist Teacher: Mr Oh, A.K.A. Mad Dog. He beats students he disliked and sexually harasses those he likes.
  • Shrinking Violet: Jae-yi.
  • Spooky Séance: So-young, one of popular students at the school, convinces Ji-oh to hold a seance to find out whether Jin-ju murdered Mrs. Park. The ghost starts to answer, but is interrupted by a teacher.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: The school uniforms that the girls wear.


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