White: The Melody of the Curse is about a girl group named Pink Dolls who become famous after remaking a song from a strange tape they find in their studio. With the rise in popularity, the girls find themselves becoming resentful and haunted by their desire for the chance to be promoted as the lead group member. The dynamics between the girls in the group shift dramatically as one by one, they become the ‘main’ and are affected by a curse. However, they are so driven to obtain the lead role in the song that they become blind to the horrible effects that it brings about. As a series of unexplainable and gruesome events begins to unravel, Eun-Joo must attempt to unmask the dark origins that sparked the issue in order to save her life, before she becomes the ‘main’.
It is eventually discovered that “White” was originally written by a young back-up dancer for Jang Ye-Bin who was bullied badly by Ye-Bin (in one case having her face disfigured with acid for “standing out” – Ye-Bin taunts the girl by saying “Have fun being the main now, see how far you go with a face like that!”), eventually committed suicide by drinking bleach and now returns to haunt and kill whoever sings “her” song (Ye-Bin dies in a fire, Jenny is hung in the studio after overdosing on her medicine, A-Rang’s plastic surgery goes severely wrong, and Shin-Ji is crushed beneath a camera crane).
At the climax of the film, Jenny, A-Rang and Shin-ji (having survived their initial accidents) commit suicide by drinking bleach (after being seemingly possessed by the ghost of the trainee), and Eun-joo is assaulted by the ghost of the trainee while performing “White” onstage, which results in her being trampled to death. Her manager and her “sponsor”, Mr. Choi are also killed (severely burnt by by a pyrotechnic malfunction and crushed by a falling light respectively), causing a massive fire that destroys the studio. The film concludes with Soon-ye (the only survivor) at the karaoke bar, disposing of Eun-Joo’s album, the trainee’s suicide note and the original video tape by placing them in a trash can and setting it on fire. She believes she has finally defeated the curse, but then looks up in horror as the karaoke machine announces “Song chosen: White”, implying that the curse has not been defeated and she too will be killed (she had performed vocal doubling for the song earlier, due to Jenny’s being too insecure to properly hit the high notes).
- Ham Eun-jeong as Eun-Joo
- May Doni Kim as Shin-ji
- Choi Ah-Ra as A-rang
- Jin Se-yeun as Jenny
- Hwang Woo Seul Hye as Soon-ye
- After School as Pure
- Yu Mo-ri as Jang Ye-Bin
- Lee Jun-Ho as Music Fever Host
- Title: White: The Melody of the Curse
- Subtitle: English
- Country: South Korea
- Runtime: 106 minutes
- Year Released: 2011
- Genre: Horror