Thursday, February 4, 2010

The Eye (2002)

The Eye (2002)

Written by Jo Jo Yuet-chun Hui, Oxide Pang, & Danny Pang
Directed by Oxide Pang & Danny Pang

Lee Sin-je .... Mun
Lawrence Chou .... Dr. Wah
Chutcha Rujinanon .... Ling
Yut Lai So .... Ying Ying
Candy Lo .... Yee
Yin Ping Ko .... Mun's grandmother
Pierre Png .... Dr. Eak
Edmund Chen .... Dr. Lo

Mun is a young independent woman who has been blind since the age of two. She has found many ways to adapt to her problem and leads a relatively normal life as a concert violinist. Her only regret, however, is being unable to see beautiful things firsthand. So when the opportunity arises for her to receive a corneal transplant which would restore her sight, she doesn't hesitate to fork over the cash.

At first, seeing with her new eyes is painful. When the pain recedes, her sight is blurry and extremely nearsighted, which the doctor assures is only temporary. She's discharged a few days early under the condition that she visit a psychotherapist who is in charge of restoring her "visual vocabulary," recognizing objects by sight rather than by touch.

As her vision clears, it seems that Mun has been granted not only the gift of sight but also a second sight, and she begins to see ghostly apparitions that appear with no apparent rhyme or reason. Sometimes it is evident to her that what she's seeing is hallucinatory, while other times she is convinced that she is carrying on a conversation with an actual person. Which is fitting, seeing as how sometimes we're not so sure ourselves.

When she comes to understand that what she's really seeing are ghosts, Mun confides in her therapist. He's skeptical at first, but his attraction to her soon wins him over and he agrees to help. Mun's initial fear of the situation eventually turns to curiosity, and the two of them travel to Thailand to find out what they can about the person who donated the corneas and discover why she's seeing these spirits. What they uncover proves to be a disturbing display, to say the least.

Although I never found myself spooked during the viewing of this film, I did greatly enjoy it. When Mun sets sight upon her own reflection for the first time, it's a very touching moment—something definitely missing from most horror films. Not only that, but this was in general a beautiful horror movie, which is a rare find. For that it ranks right up there with Lucky McKee's May, because I agree with McKee's sentiments that “not enough horror films are beautiful.” Perhaps the greatest part of the movie is the finale, because right when you think it's going to end on a bit too sweet-and-sugary note, it reels back and fucking kicks you in the teeth.

I haven't seen the (presumably) watered down American remake, but the original is well worth a watch.

BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR: Hello Kitty camera; Ghostsicle; All Blind Orchestra; The world's worst Playstation commercial; Calligraphy class; The perfect tongue; Shadowy figure of death; excruciatingly slow elevator; MTV violin;

View the trailer below!

Rated R
99 minutes
UK/Hong Kong/Thailand/Singapore
Cantonese/English (With English subtitles)


1 comment:

  1. There is a scene that freaked me out on this version, the one where the ghost screams to the girl "get out of my chair!"...awesome scene!

    The American version is yawn inducing..I wouldnt bother


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