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Gin gwai (The Eye)

Gin gwai (The Eye) (2002)



Average Rating: 6.1/10
Reviews Counted: 104
Fresh: 67 | Rotten: 37

Conventional ghost tale with a few genuine scares.


Average Rating: 6.3/10
Critic Reviews: 31
Fresh: 22 | Rotten: 9

Conventional ghost tale with a few genuine scares.



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A corneal transplant sets the stage for terror in this supernatural thriller from directors Danny and Oxide Pang. Blind from the age of two, 20-year-old Mann (Angelica Lee) now has a chance to reclaim her sense of sight thanks to recent breakthroughs in technology. At first elated to have her vision restored, Mann's joy soon turns to paralyzing fear when she begins to see mysterious dark figures which foreshadow sudden, shocking deaths. Subsequently distraught over seeing Ling (Chutcha

Oct 21, 2003


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All Critics (117) | Top Critics (34) | Fresh (67) | Rotten (37) | DVD (26)

With its spooky first-person rendering of Mun's experience -- blurred, tentative, disoriented -- The Eye creates a world of constant and imminent upheaval.

November 21, 2003 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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Though perhaps not the greatest thing since sliced eyeballs, The Eye is definitely worth a look, or even a double-take.

November 21, 2003 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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Seeing dead people? A jarring journey from darkness into light? Granted, it's been done. But there are sweet, difficult pleasures here just the same.

July 25, 2003 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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It's a definite display of talent, but without enough thematic richness to get deeply under our skins.

July 25, 2003
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An atmospheric and cleverly executed nail-biter.

July 19, 2003 Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press
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To put all the pieces in place, the Pangs have to cut a few corners in logic, but the story is generally effective if not exactly original.

July 11, 2003 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
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Is it a horror, a thriller, a tragedy, a disaster pic, or a romance? It's never really sure, but either way it limps along through various dips into different genres and often times is scrambled and confused...

July 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
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May 6, 2008 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

Fans of the genre may still find the film as creepy and scary as it is intended to be, although it relies for so much of its scare-power on sudden bursts of flame accompanied by fearsome noise, or the appearance of ghostly death figures

March 6, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

'The Eye' could be worth seeing as a matinee or rental.

February 9, 2008 Full Review
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

Made me jump a bunch of times, and seriously creeped me out at least three times.

July 30, 2007 Full Review Source:

Sure, the "I see dead people" plot is a bit worn out, but there's enough mood and spookiness to make for a fun MM flick.

June 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Scouts
Film Scouts

This is a movie with serious intent, a mature, wordy thriller with naturalistic (if somewhat naive) performances and aspirations to poetry.

January 8, 2005 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

The Eye rises above your standard cursed-body-part fare--like The Hand, for instance--by exploring predestination, alienation, and the redeeming power of forgiveness.

August 21, 2004 Full Review Source: Georgia Straight

The Eye is a haphazardly constructed horror movie based on a premise that the Thailand-based brothers couldn't figure out an ending for.

April 5, 2004 Full Review Source: Las Vegas CityLife

Seriously flawed.

November 21, 2003 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies | Comment (1)
Jam! Movies

The Pang Brothers rely on mixing reality with hokum to make their tale more strange than scary.

October 21, 2003 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Here's the movie The Sixth Sense should have been.

October 16, 2003 Full Review Source:

A modest pleasure for aficionados of chillers.

October 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee
Sacramento Bee

The Eye is not terribly original, but it is assured and engrossing, with some deliciously chilling scares and a subtle, compelling performance by Lee Sin-je.

October 6, 2003 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

Starts out with a promising idea, makes hesitant steps toward doing something original with it, and runs pell-mell into the safety of horror movie cliches.

September 14, 2003 Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies
Goatdog's Movies

The Eye is definitely a triumph of style over substance but, nevertheless, it's been far too long since I've been genuinely spooked by a horror film.

September 4, 2003 Full Review

One thing 'The Eye' teaches us is that a 15-floor elevator ride really seems to take a long time when there's a ghost standing in the corner.

August 26, 2003
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

It's creepy and forbidding, the way good thrillers are. I suspect it would not hold up to multiple viewings, but it's a kick one time through, anyway.

August 23, 2003 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for Gin gwai (The Eye)

October 12, 2013
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Supernatural thriller featuring the beautiful and talented Angelica Lee. The concepts aren't exactly original but the approach is fresh and effectively frightening.
March 25, 2012
Randy Tippy

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The Eye is terrific horror film. I've really dipped into the whole Asian horror films, but I have managed to see a few films.As a horror fan, I was stunned and how good this was. I love the Asian flair in creating atmospheric, and tense horror. Thats really the key in creating a good horror yarn, the atmosphere. If you don't have that in your film, well you're pretty much screwed. The Eye directed by The Pang Brothers is a well executed horror film that has plenty of jolts to creep out the viewer. You have to give Asians props for creating tense, atmospheric horror. They are rewriting the horror rule book, and creating several memorable horror films along the way. However the American market is bent on remaking all of them, to very mediocre results. The Eye recounts the story a girl who lost her eyesight atr a young age, and she gets a new pair of eyes from a doner. After the operation, she starts seeing ghostly figures with her new eyes. A horrifying tale, The Eye will keep you on the edge of your seat and creep you out till the very end. The Pang Brothers have made a terrific film and it delivers genuine scares. If you love this, stay away from the remake that film is terrible like with every other Asian horror remake. The original The Eye will never be surpassed and is one of the most original, and thrilling Asian horror films in many years.
June 30, 2011
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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One of the best Asian ghost stories I've seen to date, not one that you have to keep guessing at, just one to sit back and allow the storyline to unfold.

The film has the perfect amount of eerieness without making it a typical "scary movie"

Totally enjoyable.
September 10, 2010

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