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16 September 2005 (Taiwan) See more »
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  (in credits order)
Terri Kwan ... Yo
Jason Chang ... James
Chia-Hui Chang ... Yi-Chen (as Yu-chen Chang)

Tender Huang ... Ah-Tseng
Yi-Ching Lu
Kuo-cheng Cheng
Ching-Ching Lin

Directed by
Leste Chen 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Dorian Li 

Produced by
Roger Huang .... producer
Josh Yeh .... assistant producer
Michelle Yeh .... producer
Original Music by
Jeffrey Cheng 
Cinematography by
Pung-Leung Kwan 
Film Editing by
Ju-kuan Hsiao 
Production Design by
Shun-fu Luo 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Hsun-Wei David Chang .... first assistant director
Sound Department
Yu Teng Hsu .... boom operator

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Also Known As:
"Zhai bian" - Taiwan (original title)
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Rated R for some violent images (rating surrendered)
Taiwan:97 min
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The storyline was butchered by confusion and bad direction..., 13 July 2013
Author: Paul Magne Haakonsen from Denmark

It is nice to have Taiwan step up and join the Asian horror genre. However, this movie wasn't really particularly a great one, but still the effort was made. The DVD brandishes "among the spookiest ever seen in Asian horror", to that I can only assume that the reviewer isn't particularly experienced in the Asian horror genre.

"The Heirloom" tries to tell a fairly simple story, but director Leste Chen manages to totally kill off the storyline by making the story told in a confusing way and often gives up on continuity throughout the story. It was a shame, because the storyline itself was good, but it was just subjected to an improper hand unable to handle it well. It was a real shame, because the aspect of the whole storyline with the child ghosts/spirits was really interesting and the story did have potential for something greater than it turned out to be.

As far as it being a horror movie goes, then "The Heirloom" is surprisingly devoid of scares and spooks. There wasn't even a single shock moment in the entire movie. And compared to Asian standards, then this wouldn't be considered even remotely scary.

The people cast for the various roles were doing great jobs, although it was an uphill battle against a messy script and a confusing storyline. However, Terri Kwan (playing Yo) and Jason Chang (playing James) were doing good jobs carrying the movie against all odds.

But regardless of the messy outcome of the final cut of the movie, then it is good to have Taiwan marked on the horror market as well, and I am hoping to get to see more horror from there - and hopefully movies that aren't as confusing and badly scripted as this one.

I am rating "The Heirloom" a 4 out of 10 rating, because the movie did have potential and was well produced, just a shame about the butchery that was done to the storyline.

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