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The Eye (2002)
"Gin gwai" (original title)

R  |   |  Drama, Horror, Thriller  |  9 May 2002 (Hong Kong)
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A blind girl gets a cornea transplant so that she would be able to see again. However, she got more than what she bargained for when she realized she could even see ghosts.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Wong Kar Mun (as Lee Sin-Je)
Lawrence Chou ...
Jinda Duangtoy ...
Old Lady in the Hospital
Yut Lai So ...
Candy Lo ...
Dr. Lo
Yin Ping Ko ...
Mun's grandmother
Florence Wu ...
Wisarup Annuar ...
Yuet Siu Wong ...
Ghost in the Hospital
Wing-Wai Chin ...
Hospital Caretaker
Tao Leung ...
Ghost on the Highway
Mylio Lau ...
Wah's Secretary (as Miyuki Lau)
Ousinthorn Chotphan ...
Mun as a Little Girl
Dampongongtrakul Sawadee ...


A blind girl gets a cornea transplant so that she would be able to see again. However, she got more than what she bargained for when she realised she could even see ghosts. And some of these ghosts are down right unfriendly. So she embarks on a journey to find the origins of her cornea and to reveal the history of the previous dead owner ... Written by Striding Cloud <>

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Rated R for some disturbing images | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

9 May 2002 (Hong Kong)  »

Also Known As:

Seeing Ghosts  »

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SGD 4,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$393,130 (Italy) (23 May 2003)


$503,714 (USA) (7 November 2003)

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The dark/black figure/person that constantly appears in the film when the characters die is the Daoist (Chinese religion) form of the Grim Reaper. In Daoist belief, there are two Grim Reapers, the White and Black "Wu Chang". The Black Reaper is the one that escorts the newly dead to the "other world" of "afterlife". See more »


When Mun hears the moaning woman in the hospital, as she investigates, the position of the straps on the shoulder of her scrub changes. See more »

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The opening credits sequence is interrupted as if the film was stuck: first it appears to melt, then the screen strobes, slowing to a flash, as if the projector intermittent was slowing down. See more »


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Good and scary!!!
23 July 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Of all the horror movie genres in existence, ghost stories have always been my personal favorites. The Haunting, Ju-On, The Innocents, Ringu, The Shining...all nice, moody, creepy ghost tales. The Eye now finds itself at the top of my list along with the aforementioned as one of the best and creepiest ghost stories of all time.

Mun, blind since the age of 2, receives the gift of a cornea transplant at the age of twenty. Her restored vision comes with a price, however. She can no longer play with the all blind symphony that she once found solace within, she cannot read or write, having had no reason to learn, and she has no words for visible objects, having always identified them by touch. She's also seeing things that nobody else can see...terrifying things. A little boy looking for his lost report card plagues her daily. An old woman wanders the hospital corridors, complaining of the cold. Shadowy forms come to escort the recently deceased away to parts unknown, and Mun's own bedroom flickers in the darkness, changing into another room that once belonged to another girl, in another country. Mun knows that the things she sees are not normal, but no one seems to believe her, not even, at first, the cute doctor who is trying to help her. Mun finds herself alone in a frightening world filled with things she never wanted to see. When Mun and the cute doctor finally learn the identity of the donor whose corneas Mun has received, they also learn of her frightening abilities, her sad death and a terrible tragedy which is destined to repeat itself.

The Eye is an original and innovative film and yet it is also a perfect mixture of plot points and elements drawn from such previous films as The Sixth Sense, The Mothman Prophecies and Blink, all of which are very good films in their own right. The Eye knows exactly how to scare you, and does so without a drop of blood or a hint of gore. A scene in a calligraphy class provides a truly frightening shock, while a scene in an elevator is an exercise in slow, building dread which grows more excruciating by the second. The performances are all wonderful, and the feelings of loss, alienation, fear and determination are genuine and powerful. Fans of the aforementioned films would do well to seek this one out, as would ghost enthusiasts and Asian Horror aficionados. It's rare these days that a film will actually make me jump, gasp and check the corners of my bedroom for boogeymen, but this one spooked me very well indeed - and I watched it in the middle of a bright, sunny day. The Eye tells a good story and tells it well, with strong characters and genuine scares. It is never dull or cheap or overly dramatic.

Highly HIGHLY recommended!!!

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