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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.

Director:

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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Storyline

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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Taglines:

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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Details

Country:

Taiwan

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

16 September 2005 (Taiwan) See more »

Also Known As:

The Heirloom See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

TWD18,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$365,574
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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The storyline was butchered by confusion and bad direction...
13 July 2013 | by paul_haakonsenSee all my reviews

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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