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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

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 ...
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Edmund Chen ...
Dr. Lo
Yin Ping Ko ...
Mun's grandmother
Florence Wu ...
Nurse
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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Release Date:

9 May 2002 (Hong Kong)  »

Also Known As:

Seeing Ghosts  »

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Box Office

Budget:

SGD 4,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$503,714 (USA) (7 November 2003)
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The beginning (the operation for a blind girl to see again) and the end of the film are based on true stories the Pang brothers read about in the news. See more »

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In Mun's calligraphy lesson, the brush is dipped into a glass of water, blackening it. In consecutive shots the water in the glass is clear and clean. See more »

Crazy Credits

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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a wonderful film with flaws
4 December 2003 | by (San Francisco, CA) – See all my reviews

For the most part, "The Eye" is a competent effort from HK cinema. While most HK films nowadays involve big pop stars in pointless romantic comedies, this film (and also Infernal Affairs) show that there are still talented filmmakers in HK.

The story is about a blind girl named Mun getting a cornea transplant. When she gets her vision back, she begins seeing supernatural beings (ghosts, to be precise). For the first half of the story, we see her experiencing all these haunting encounters. One notable scene is in an elevator. The mystery and creepiness in this first half is incredibly effective and well-made.

The same cannot be said about the second half though. Like "The Ring" (or "Ringu"), Mun travels to Thailand to figure out the origin of the owner of her cornea. What starts out as a supernatural thriller turns into a mystery.

The film seems to be a mix of "The Sixth Sense", "Ringu", and a touch of "Final Destination." The switch of style in the middle and toward the end is somewhat annoying. The ending is an effort of the directors to show that they can do big CGI action sequences too. But, this film would have been good enough to stand on its own without that.

The acting is pretty good. Angelica Lee as Mun is very believable. The same cannot be said about the doctor though. I think this is mostly because his character's motivations are not convincing enough. Why does he give up his whole career to travel all the way to Thailand to help her after meeting her for a few times only? For love? Probably...but I don't buy it at all.

Overall, this film is pretty good. It is a nice effort from promising directors.


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