#100 -- Yoga (2009)

Director: Yun Jae-Yeon
Rating: 3/5

When a woman loses her job as a home shopping network host, to a younger and prettier girl, she takes a friend's advice and joins a yoga academy which promises beauty beyond her wildest dreams. This academy is operated by an old, washed up actress who wishes to regain her youth and beauty. There are rules in this academy: no unauthorized eating, no looking into mirrors, and no showers within an hour of their training. If any of these rules are broken, the rule-breaker will suffer horrible consequences.

The girls in the academy are competing to win the secret to perfection. Those who break the rules vanish, and the last one standing will obtain the secret. Our main character Hyo-Jung is the lucky winner, but she soon learns that she will have to give her soul to Kahn Mi-Hi, the washed up actress in order to achieve this perfect beauty. So the question is: would you sell your soul to be beautiful?

Yoga had some creepy moments, though fewer than I would expect from an Asian horror. It was strange and, at some parts, a little confusing; but it was definitely interesting. I think it makes a point about society as a whole, how obsessed the majority of the population is with beauty, and to what lengths people will go to achieve it. It teaches a lesson that beauty is not the most important thing in the world, and that retaining your soul and individuality should be a bigger concern. That is what I got from this one; the horror aspect of it, for me, wasn't all that great. But it is one of those movies that will make you think, and possibly make you re-evaluate your life and priorities.

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