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Suspense, Horror, Melodrama, Grade: C
Korean Drama Review by Jill, USA
"It's Always Christmas In The
This Korean mini-drama called Doll
House (2014) was of the horror genre and
therefore kind of twisted and weird. There are 12
episodes of only 6 minutes each; other similar
mini-dramas I've seen like it in structure are U-Turn
(2008) starring So Jisub, his first TV drama after
coming out of the military, and the beautiful Love
In Memory (2013), a 6 episode drama where
each episode is only 14 minutes long.
I didn't know any of the cast in Doll House
but they were all fairly good in their roles,
especially Joo Ah Sun, who played the lead girl
character named Young Hee. She showed a nice
vulnerability that kept me watching this, despite the
oddball plot and crazy story structure.
The Story: A professor
and his disabled wife, who live in the countryside in
a huge mansion, adopt young teen orphan girls who all
look alike and have no family to object to them
starting a new life with this mysterious couple. Each
of them have bedrooms in the mansion decorated in the
exact same way and are forced to wear the same school
clothes. The professor is supposed to home school them
but most of the time they are pressured to remain in
A bizarre housekeeper and her jealous husband who is a
handyman on the place take care of the practical
aspects of running the home and grounds. The
housekeeper and handyman have a teenage son named
Byung Tae (Hee Chul Jung) who is strangely withdrawn
and rarely speaks. It seems that the professor and
this seductive housekeeper have some dark secrets they
don't want others to know, and the handyman is jealous
of their relationship.
One by one the girls start disappearing. Each of the girls had left a penned
message somewhere in their bedrooms: "It's always
Christmas in the basement." Creepy! It seems that
practically everyone in the mansion is psychotic!
The most recent girl to arrive, Young Hee, starts
putting the puzzle pieces together about what happened
to all the girls, but the more she uncovers the truth
the more she is in danger of being the next one to
disappear. Byung Tae tries to warn her to leave but
she doesn't listen to him until she gets absolute
proof about what is really going on. However, if she
tries to run, can she escape to safety because they
are so far from civilization?
I liked the spookiness of this short story, and
thought it quite effective and campy. Why they just
didn't make a film out of this is anybody's guess. It
seems like you start one episode, take a few breaths,
and it's over and you're on to the next episode! LOL!
If you like the horror genre
and like short dramas that don't waste any time on
non-essentials, then this is for you. At only 72 minutes
you'll be through it lickety-split.