Guta-yubalja-deul (A Bloody Aria)
Guta-yubalja-deul (A Bloody Aria) (2006)

An aspiring opera singer takes a trip into the countryside with her trusted mentor, only to find her fate taking an unexpectedly grim turn in director Won Shin-yun's darkly comic look at the power struggles that exist within all levels… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: February 26, 2008
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Critic Score: 42% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Pulpy, bloody and violent, this Korean shock-fest is blackly comedic but disappointing overall.

Wally Hammond
Time Out

Still, Won pulls off a rare trick: to be funny and frightening while continuing to ratch the tension up and up. Performances, too, are top notch.

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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times

It may seem an odd thing to say about a film in which a baseball bat as an instrument of assault and rape is a recurring theme, but what makes A Bloody Aria a darkly delightful surprise is its restraint.

Wendy Ide
Times [UK]

It's slow, bloody and pretty much devoid of merit.

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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

A simply unpleasant experience.

Ed Gonzalez
Village Voice

Half as amusing as that viral video of a sheep scaring its peeps while wearing a Halloween mask, A Bloody Aria is also less incisive.

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Peter Bradshaw
Guardian

Time should surely now be called on the vogue in Korean cinema for black-comic ultraviolence.

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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times

For the most part A Bloody Aria has an adept way of muddying these themes for audiences expecting the usual gore-thirsty trip.

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Daniel Etherington
Film4

A gripping, disconcerting and thought-provoking exercise that eschews graphic horror in favour of complex, darkly funny psychological drama.

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Sukhdev Sandhu
Daily Telegraph

Director Won Shin-yun infuses the moralisms with a pulpy energy that recalls cheery shockers such as Hostel and Saw, while also indulging in Three Stooges-style bumpkin-knockabout humour.

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Flixster Audience Score: 42% Flixster User Reviews
Marcus Woolcott
A silly insult to Korean cinema.
Christopher Brown
Intense film about bullies, psychos and all around not nice guys. A bit confusing, especially the ending, but very compelling. Also, I've begun to notice… More