A scene from SPELLBOUND, a film directed by Hwang In-ho. Picture courtesy CJ Entertainment. All rights reserved.


Also Starring:
Executive Producer:
  • Jay C. Gil
  • Lee Won-Tae
  • An Young-Jin
Photography Director:
Production Designer:
Costume Designer:
  • Kim Na-Hyeong
Visual Effects Supervisor:
Associate Producer:
  • Kang Sung-Hoon
Make-up and Hair:
  • Kim Dong-Wan
Sound Mixer:
  • Kim Sin-Young
Sound Supervisor:
Production Company:

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Spellbound (2011)

Also Known As: Chilling Romance

Opened: 12/16/2011 Limited

CGV Cinemas12/16/2011
New Jersey01/06/2012
San Jose01/06/2012
Vancouver, BC01/13/2012

Trailer: Click for trailer

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Genre: Korean Romantic Comedy/Horror

Rated: Unrated


Due to her unique sixth sense, Yu-ri (Son Ye-jin) is unable to live a normal life and lives completely alone and isolated from love. Jo-gu (Lee Min-ki), who is a poor street magician, meets Yu-ri during one of his performances and the two develop a magic horror show which becomes a huge hit. After a string of successful shows, Jo-gu begins to fall for Yu-ri and becomes more and more interested in her hidden secret. But, their sweet dating affair quickly takes a horrific turn once Yu-ri's ghostly companions start getting in the way of their romance. Although threatened and terrified, Jo-gu cannot give up his growing interest in Yu-ri and is left to fight against the mysterious curse upon her.

About the Film

A provocative approach to tapped-out romantic comedies!

A sweet leading lady falls in love with a self-absorbed male counterpart. They break up, and then get back together again... generally with the same backbone of a story, romantic comedies are well received by female audiences, but are lacking fresh, new ideas.

While romantic comedies have been sweet and romantic, SPELLBOUND boldly breaks free from the norm into a perfect mix-match of horror and romantic comedy to present fresh, new entertainment. Hardly a suitable combination: heart-warming romance and extreme horror, this film takes you away from the existing realms of your typical romantic comedy. Sweet scenes that audiences can fall in love with are mixed in with petrifying, spine-chilling horror to present both laughter and thrills. The elevator horror sequence following Yu-ri's blind date is the perfect example that amplifies the thrill and entertainment that is birthed from the mix of these two genres. Why is this mix effective in the film? Director Hwang In-ho says, "Jo-gu's decision to stay with Yu-ri, no matter what her unique circumstances present must not be easy. That's why finding true love is rare and constantly needs to be worked on, which is why it's so beautiful." Questioning the true nature of romance in a witty and exciting matter, SPELLBOUND is drawing much attention for its fresh new approach.

The terrifying ghost to star in a romantic comedy

Not to be mistaken by the cute trailer and romantic love story, SPELLBOUND is garnering a lot of buzz due to the terrifying background behind Yu-ri's curse. The ghost who haunts Yu-ri and threatens Jo-gu does not let you get away from her scary presence throughout the film. These eerie spirits come out strong and have been giving audiences in Korea a good scare. The ghosts in SPELLBOUND come in all different ages, genders, and appearances. However, the most extreme presence comes with Yu-ri's high school friend who was killed in a tragic bus accident years ago. Bringing back the all too familiar "Asian female ghost" with the long black hair and gray eyes, this movie does not hold back with the horror it presents. This spirit that stands in the way of Yu-ri and Jo-gu's relationship appear when we least expect her, presenting spine-shivering entertainment.


Hwang In-ho (Writer/Director)

Through his screenplay TO CATCH A VIRGIN GHOST, Hwang In-ho brought quite a stir to Korean filmmaking with his fresh, new mix-match of horror and comedy genres. His later works, such as LOVE PHOBIA and 2 FACES OF MY GIRLFRIEND, also received much attention and praise for his unique characters and stories. Now, the talented and well-prepared screenwriter makes his directorial debut with SPELLBOUND. Along with Korea's top romantic actress, Son Ye-jin, and the comedic and charming, Lee Min-ki, director Hwang has birthed a new genre in the film industry. Adding onto his extensive experience in screenwriting, director Hwang In-ho's directorial debut, SPELLBOUND is currently creating a lot of buzz in South Korea and has been leaving audiences wildly entertained with a never before seen story of love and spine-tingling horror.

Son Ye-jin (Yu-ri Kang)

Starring in the hit TV drama series, PERSONAL TASTE and films like MY WIFE GOT MARRIED and THE ART OF SEDUCTION, Son Ye-jin is undoubtedly Korea's queen of romantic comedy. Recognized for her looks and acting talents by both male and female fans, Son Ye-jin takes on the challenges of this fresh, new romantic comedy in her role as Yu-ri. The hit-making talented actress breathes life into this unprecedented character and has perfected this never before seen female protagonist.

Lee Min-ki (Jo-gu Ma)

Starring in HAEUNDAE, which brought in over 10 million at the box office and QUICK, which scored 3 million, Lee Min-ki has been building a solid filmography and is rising as one of the most sought after actors in South Korea. Lee's next choice is the nation's first spine-chilling romantic comedy, SPELLBOUND, which is now another #1 box office breaker and the best romantic comedy of 2011. Expectations are high for Lee Min-ki, the newest hot-star of the industry!