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Gin gwai (The Eye) (2002)

Gin gwai (The Eye)


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

Critics Consensus: Conventional ghost tale with a few genuine scares.

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

Critics Consensus: Conventional ghost tale with a few genuine scares.


Average Rating: 3.5/5
User Ratings: 26,564



Movie Info

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 … More

Drama , Horror , Art House & International , Mystery & Suspense , Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By:
Jo Jo Hui Yuet Chun , Danny Pang , Oxide Pang , Jo Jo Yuet-chun Hui
In Theaters:
Oct 21, 2003
Box Office:
Palm Pictures - Official Site



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Critic Reviews for Gin gwai (The Eye)

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.

Full Review… | November 21, 2003
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Though perhaps not the greatest thing since sliced eyeballs, The Eye is definitely worth a look, or even a double-take.

Full Review… | November 21, 2003
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | July 25, 2003
Denver Post
Top Critic

It's a definite display of talent, but without enough thematic richness to get deeply under our skins.

July 25, 2003
Denver Rocky Mountain News
Top Critic

An atmospheric and cleverly executed nail-biter.

Full Review… | July 19, 2003
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | July 11, 2003
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

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...

Full Review… | July 5, 2008
Cinema Crazed

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Full Review… | May 6, 2008
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

Full Review… | March 6, 2008
Urban Cinefile

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

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

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

Full Review… | July 30, 2007

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.

Full Review… | June 21, 2007
Film Scouts

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

Full Review… | January 8, 2005
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.

Full Review… | August 21, 2004

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

Full Review… | April 5, 2004

Seriously flawed.

Full Review… | November 21, 2003
Jam! Movies

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

Full Review… | October 21, 2003
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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

Full Review… | October 16, 2003

A modest pleasure for aficionados of chillers.

Full Review… | October 10, 2003
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.

Full Review… | October 6, 2003
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.

Full Review… | September 14, 2003
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.

Full Review… | September 4, 2003

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.

Full Review… | August 23, 2003

Audience Reviews for Gin gwai (The Eye)


Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer


Supernatural thriller featuring the beautiful and talented Angelica Lee. The concepts aren't exactly original but the approach is fresh and effectively frightening.

Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer


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.

Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

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.

Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer

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