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Feng Shui (2004)

A wife must save her family from a curse of a "bagwa" bound to them.

Director:

Chito S. Roño

Writers:

Chito S. Roño (story and screenplay), Roy Iglesias (story and screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kris Aquino ... Joy Ramirez
Jay Manalo ... Inton Ramirez
Lotlot De Leon ... Alice
Ilonah Jean Ilonah Jean ... Thelma
John Manalo ... Denton Ramirez
Julianne Gomez Julianne Gomez ... Ingrid Ramirez
Ernesto Sto. Tomas Ernesto Sto. Tomas ... Billy
Cherry Pie Picache ... Lily Mendoza
Nonie Buencamino ... Louie
Jenny Miller ... Dina
Gerard Pizzaras Gerard Pizzaras ... Teodoro (as Gerard Pizarras)
Joonee Gamboa ... Hsui Liao
Daria Ramirez ... Mother-in-Law
Archi Adamos ... Tito (as Archie Adamos)
Emil Sandoval Emil Sandoval ... Evart Mendoza
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A wife must save her family from a curse of a "bagwa" bound to them.

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Country:

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Language:

Filipino | Tagalog | English

Release Date:

18 September 2004 (USA) See more »

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Dolby Digital

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1.33 : 1
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Starts great but deteriorates... good enough.
4 December 2004 | by classiccase-1See all my reviews

Plot: Joy (Kris Aquino) takes a Pagua (a form of Chinese charm) home after finding it in a bus (left by another passenger). She finds out that the Pagua can help make her family's fortune turn positive... but everything has a price.

(Originally written September 16, 2004) A few weeks ago, I've been telling my friend about how "Feng Shui" was going to be a crappy movie. If you don't know what Feng Shui is, well, that's a supernatural belief of the Chinese on luck that is linked to many things, like a person's birthday, the time of birth, and so on. It is somewhat a mix of fortune telling and luck bringing. There's a recently released horror movie titled Feng Shui, directed by Chito Rono, who, if I remember correctly, looks like an Asian version of Quentin Tarantino.

Chito claimed that the movie can compete against other Asian horror movies, but I really felt that it would be another campy horror flick like Shake, Rattle and Roll, or even Regal Shocker. Why did I think like that? It's because of the quality of movies that the movie industry keeps churning out every month or so. They're so bad that you'd stop wondering why nobody's watching their films, except for those "romantic" ones that everybody (the masses) seems to love, just because there's the word "love" somewhere slapped within the film. People these days...

Now that you know why I tend to reject local films, let's proceed as to what I was expecting with the movie Feng Shui:

1. Crappy cinematography. 2. Crappy music. 3. Crappy story. 4. Typical loud sounds followed by a "BOO!" event. 5. Crappy make-up for the ghosts. 6. Short and rushed movie. 7. Ending that suggests a possible sequel. 8. No real resolution, typical plot twist at the end. 9. Psychic powers (because low budget pinoy films use psychic powers often... what you can't see, you don't need a budget for!). 10. Senseless story progression. 11. The little children's song in the advertisement would be used in a strange way in the film. Hey, people get creeped out by kids singing a morbid song right?

After watching the movie, I was left with some questions...

1. Why did the other people who didn't look into the Pagua's mirror die, when it was said that only those who looked into it would die? 2. Why is it that your animal year had something to do with your death by curse? 3. Why is it that whenever the Pagua claims a victim, the spirit of the person becomes an evil ghost who just loves to scare people?

Anyway, the film was able to amuse me. The opening sequence was beautifully made, you could say they actually spent some time planning it, and not just shooting randomly.

The theme music was quite generic in my opinion. It's comprised of various screeching sounds suddenly ending with "BLAGUNG!!!" effects. The theme was also used all throughout the film, making it really tiring, as its only purpose was to set up the "BOO!" sequences. I still think that it's a huge leap from your typical pinoy "AWOOO!" horror music.

Acting was very good from all the cast members, and there wasn't any moment of amateurish effort. Kris Aquino has notably improved from her past movies. She used to do mostly comedies without much "getting into it" requirements. I think ever since she got more serious roles, she just got better each time. Everyone else did their jobs just right.

The make-up is actually good! It didn't look like your outdated slap-on-make-up-blood-on-lips methods of days gone by. Still, they could go for better quality with better effects.

I liked the story, or at least, most of it. The start was good, the middle part was effective in gearing up the audience to expect more in the climax, BUT the climax was CRAPPY! With the way the movie was going, you'd expect the climax to be a haunt-a-thon from all the ghosts, as well as the Chinese ghost. I don't know why they decided that the story should end with Kris breaking that Bagua in broad daylight, and then being surprised by a dead family get together. If there's ONE disease that ALL HORROR FILMS should eradicate, it's the SEQUEL SET-UP ENDING. I just don't feel satisfied with films that end this way.

Well, I almost ate my words, except for the three expected faults I found: Typical "BOO!" Set-up, Sequel Set-up Ending, and No Real Resolution.


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