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Gin gwai (The Eye) (2002)

Gin gwai (The Eye) (2002)

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Critic Consensus: 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 Rujinanon), the previous owner of the corneas, when she peers into the mirror, Mann's disturbing images slowly begin to chip away at her sanity until she has no choice but to track Ling's past and solve the horrifying mystery that plagues her. Traveling to Ling's former home in a small Northern Thailand village, Mann learns that Ling was driven to suicide after suffering similar visions preceding a tragic fire. When hundreds of the mysterious black figures descend upon Mann just as she is about to leave Thailand, she realizes that a horrific tragedy is set to unfold unless she can summon the courage to take action and use her supernatural gift of sight to alter the future.
Rating:
R
Genre:
Art House & International , Drama , Horror , Mystery & Suspense , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Box Office:
$339,607.00
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Cast

Lawrence Chou
as Dr. Wah
Candy Lo
as Yee
Pierre Png
as Dr. Eke
Edmund Chen
as Dr. Lo
Wilson Yip
as Taoist
Wai-Ho Yung
as Mr. Ching
Yut Lai So
as Ying Ying
Benjamin Yuen
as Mr. Ching
Yin Ping Ko
as Grandma
Wang Sue Yuen
as Ling's Mother
Ben Yuen
as Mr. Ching
Florence Wu
as Nurse
Miyuki Lau
as Wah's Secretary
Poon Yiu Ming
as Boy with a Cap
Cub Chin
as Boy's Father
Winson Yip
as Taoist
Wu Tian Nan
as Calligraphy Teacher
Ho Si Won
as Ghost in the Restaurant
Lau Yuk Ha
as Waitress
Jim Pui Ho
as Boy in the Car Accident
Sungwien Cummee
as Ghost in the Elevator
Tassanana Nuntasaree
as Ling (age 4)
Damrongwiseeatpanich
as Ling (age 8)
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Critic Reviews for Gin gwai (The Eye)

All Critics (104) | Top Critics (31)

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.

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.

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.

July 11, 2003
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Gin gwai (The Eye)

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Super Reviewer

½

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
Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

½

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.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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