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"Death Bell" (2008), also known as "Gosa" (고사), is a South Korean horror-thriller film directed by Chang, starring Lee Beom-soo, Nam Gyu-ri, and Yoon Jeong-hee. The film is set in an elite high school known for its academic excellence and follows a group of students who become trapped inside the school and are forced to solve complex riddles to survive a series of deadly tasks orchestrated by a mysterious killer.

The story begins with the top students of an elite high school being held captive during a test-preparation session. They are locked inside the school and are subjected to a series of twisted challenges by a sadistic voice over the intercom. The challenges involve solving difficult puzzles and answering questions, with each wrong answer resulting in the death of one of their classmates. As the students struggle to survive, uncovering dark secrets and facing moral dilemmas, they must race against time to unravel the identity of the killer before they all meet their doom.

"Death Bell" explores themes of competition and academic pressure among students in South Korea's highly competitive education system. It delves into the consequences of extreme pressure and the lengths to which individuals may go in pursuit of success. The film also touches upon themes of guilt, betrayal, and the consequences of past actions.

**Style and Reception**:
The film is notable for its tense atmosphere, suspenseful sequences, and graphic horror elements. It combines psychological thriller elements with slasher film tropes, creating a compelling and often chilling narrative. "Death Bell" received generally positive reviews for its effective use of suspense and horror, as well as its social commentary on the pressures faced by students.

"Death Bell" spawned two sequels: "Death Bell 2: Bloody Camp" (2010) and "Death Bell 3: The Final Exam" (2016). While the sequels explore different settings and characters, they continue to explore themes of survival and psychological terror within the context of a school environment.

Overall, "Death Bell" is recognized as a successful entry in South Korean horror cinema, blending thriller elements with social commentary and intense horror sequences to create a memorable and suspenseful viewing experience.

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