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The Heirloom (2005)

Zhai bian (original title)
A Taiwanese man returns to the island after years abroad when he inherits a house; when he and his fiancé move in, strange things start to happen.

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Leste Chen

Writer:

Dorian Li
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Cast

Credited cast:
Terri Kwan ... Yo
Jason Chang Jason Chang ... James
Chia-Hui Chang ... Yi-Chen (as Yu-chen Chang)
Tender Huang ... Ah-Tseng
Yi-Ching Lu
Kuo-cheng Cheng Kuo-cheng Cheng
Ching-Ching Lin Ching-Ching Lin
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Vigo Fan Vigo Fan ... Mortician (as Chien-Yu Fan)
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After living abroad for years, a young man returns home to Taiwan after inheriting the family home, a house built 70 years before but empty for the last 20 years. Moving in with his fiancé, they and their close friends begin experiencing strange things, including the fiends winding up in the house at midnight with no memory of how. Family secrets connected with the ghosts of dead children could be at the bottom of the goings-on, and the man's fiancé tracks down his only living relative for answers. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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Sometimes inheritance is a curse

Genres:

Drama | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violent images | See all certifications »
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Country:

Taiwan

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

16 September 2005 (Taiwan) See more »

Also Known As:

The Heirloom See more »

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Budget:

TWD 18,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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Creepy and Dark
27 August 2015 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

The architect James Yang (Jason Chang) returns to Taiwan after living for twenty years in England since he has inherited a family home. He learns that the old seventy year-old house has been empty for twenty years. James invites his girlfriend Yo (Terri Kwan), who is a dancer, to move in together with him to the house. Their friends Yi-Chen (Yu-chen Chang) and Cheng mysteriously appear in the house with no memory of how they arrived there. Soon Cheng is found dead in his bathtub and a snoopy detective suspects of Yi-Chen. He decides to stay in the house, but strange events happen also to him. Yi-Chen decides to investigate the only relative alive in the Yang family and goes to an asylum to interview James' Aunt Sue Yang. She learns a dark secret about the Yang family. Will she find who is haunting the house?

"The Heirloom" is a creepy and dark Taiwanese horror movie with a story based on a Chinese legend of dead children ghosts fed with blood and raised to bring fortune to the family. This legend is totally unknown to Westerns and maybe this might be the reason why this film is underrated in IMDb. However, the screenplay is well-written; the direction of Leste Chen is effective, supported by good performances of the gorgeous Terri Kwan and Jason Chang and beautiful cinematography. My vote is seven.

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