Yong-Hyun moves in to a dilapidated new apartment in downtown Seoul, where he meets an abused wife that has recently lost a child. After a particularly violent episode, her husband is killed in a fall, and Yong-Hyun aids her in burying him. As the two begin a love affair of their own, they soon discover each other's dark secrets and uncover the hidden past of their wretched housing complex. SORUM is an oppressive character drama in which none of the tenants are able to escape from their own miserable surroundings. It is their own lies and deceit that keep them imprisoned under the apartment's corrosive curse. The unpolished sets and restrained score set an eerie mood that reflects the loneliness and despair in each of the characters. Any attempts to unravel the mystery of room 504 and the ghost tale that underlies the plot will likely require multiple viewings, as each of the clues and explanations are deeply embedded in unspoken metaphors. SORUM succeeds with a constant sense of unease, but Horror fans will have to look elsewhere for their scares.
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