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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:
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Wong Kar Mun (as Lee Sin-Je)
Lawrence Chou ...
Jinda Duangtoy ...
Old Lady in the Hospital
Yut Lai So ...
Candy Lo ...
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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 ...
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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 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 <frozen98@hotmail.com>

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Rated R for some disturbing images | See all certifications »

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Box Office

Budget:

SGD 4,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$608,124 (France) (29 August 2003)

Gross:

$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 »

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When Mun leaves the apartment and then crouches down to talk to the young boy about the report card, she is right beside the apartment door, but in the next shot, her Grandmother looks out of the peephole in the door. Mun is now suddenly right in front of the door, on the other side of the hallway. See more »

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Don't dare blink as you may miss something.
28 October 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Wong Kar Mun went blind at the age of two, 18 years later she undergoes a cornea transplant that appears to be a success. Unfortunately that success comes with a terrifying side-effect; the ability to see unhappy ghosts…….

Gin Gwai (The Eye) is directed by the Pang brothers Oxide and Danny and stars Angelica Lee (Mun) and Lawrence Chou (Dr.Wah) as the two main principals.

No matter what source of reference you use for film reviews, one thing that can be guaranteed as regards Gin Gwai is how divided people are on it. One of the few things that most tend to agree on tho is that it's visual flourishes are nothing short of fantastic. And they are. Blended with the editing, music, sound, camera-work and the effects, it therefore fuels the fire of those calling it style over substance. It's also fair to drop onside with those folk decrying its over familiarity with its central themes. If you have seen Irvin Kershner' The Eyes Of Laura Mars, Michael Apted's Blink and M. Night Shyamalan's The Sixth Sense, well you wont be watching anything new thematically here. But the Pang brothers have crafted a thoroughly engrossing, menacing and nerve gnawer of a film, one that delivers chills and scares for the discerning horror sub-genre fan.

Here's the crux of the matter with Gin Gwai, it is the opposite side of the Asian horror coin to the likes of the blood letting Audition. This is pure and simply for those not in need of murder death kill to fulfil their horror needs. I was creeped out immensely by this film because the ghost and supernatural side of horror is what really works for me, as long as it is done effectively. To which Gin Gwai most assuredly is. The various scenes shift from ethereal unease to hold your breath terror, from classrooms to lifts, to hospital wards, the brothers Pang, with beautiful technical expertise, held me over a precipice of dread. Even the opening credits are inventive and have the ability to send a cautionary shiver down ones spine. There's a barely formed, and pointless, romantic angle that marks it down a point, but as the blistering (literally) last quarter assaults the senses, so as the time for reflection arrives, Gin Gwai ends up being one of the this decades best horror pictures. To me at least. 9/10


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