I wondered why this movie was called THE RED SHOES when the shoes, were in fact, pink. After watching this movie I have come to believe it is called THE RED SHOES because who ever wears the shoes ends up becoming a bloody mess below the waist.
THE RED SHOES is a movie out of South Korea, and it is an interesting film about adultery, obsession and revenge. Several women find a nice looking pair of pink shoes. After noticing that the shoes seem to have no owner these women take the shoes and wear them. One woman finds them at a subway station and she ends up literally losing her feet. Another woman steals them from a friend and she ends up losing her life. Turns out the shoes have a violent history, and murder and death follow anyone who wears them without permission.
Sun-jea is trying to start a new life with her disobedient and abrasive young daughter, Tae-so. Tae-so knows many of her mother's secrets, and due to the hold the pink shoes have over her and her mother, it puts both Tae-so and Sun-Jea in danger.
The movie gets very confusing at about the 3/4 mark and goes into all sorts of directions. I wasn't sure what was going on at this point and I really wasn't sure who I was following, Sun-jea or the original owner of the pink shoes. Like many foreign films I think there is something in the cultural differences that causes a lack of understanding in some of the imagery used. However, that being said, this was an interesting movie. I was a little uncomfortable when I watched the way Sun-jea treated her young daughter, Tae-so, over a simple pair of cursed shoes. Then again, there were times throughout the movie where I think Sun-jea should have smacked the crap out of her rebellious daughter.
If you want to watch more foreign horror films I think you should give this movie a go.