Gin gwai (The Eye) (2002)
Danny Pang and Oxide Pang Chun, the sibling writing and directing team who scored international acclaim with the Hong Kong crime thriller Bangkok Dangerous follow up their success with a visually stylish horror story. Mun (Lee Sin-Je) is a 20-year-old woman who lost her sight at the age of two. A team of doctors has some good news for Mun -- a new cornea transplant operation could restore her sight, and Mun eagerly submits to surgery. The operation is a success, but Mun begins suffering from some unexpected side effects -- she begins seeing another face in her mirror, strange specters follow her, and people she's never met are addressing her as if they know her. Mun and her friend Dr. Wah (Lawrence Chou) think her problems may have something to do with the corneal donor, and they set out for Thailand to find out just whose eyes Mun has been seeing through. … More
- Drama , Horror , Art House & International , Mystery & Suspense , Science Fiction & Fantasy
- Directed By:
- Danny Pang , Oxide Pang Chun
- Written By:
- Jo Jo Hui Yuet Chun , Jo Jo Yuet-chun Hui , Oxide Pang , Danny Pang
- In Theaters:
- May 9, 2002 Wide
- On DVD:
- Oct 21, 2003
- Box Office:
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Critic Reviews for Gin gwai (The Eye)
With its spooky first-person rendering of Mun's experience -- blurred, tentative, disoriented -- The Eye creates a world of constant and imminent upheaval.
Though perhaps not the greatest thing since sliced eyeballs, The Eye is definitely worth a look, or even a double-take.
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.
It's a definite display of talent, but without enough thematic richness to get deeply under our skins.
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.
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...
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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
Made me jump a bunch of times, and seriously creeped me out at least three times.
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.
This is a movie with serious intent, a mature, wordy thriller with naturalistic (if somewhat naive) performances and aspirations to poetry.
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.
The Eye is a haphazardly constructed horror movie based on a premise that the Thailand-based brothers couldn't figure out an ending for.
The Pang Brothers rely on mixing reality with hokum to make their tale more strange than scary.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Audience Reviews for Gin gwai (The Eye)
Supernatural thriller featuring the beautiful and talented Angelica Lee. The concepts aren't exactly original but the approach is fresh and effectively frightening.More
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.More
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