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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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Credited cast:
Jason Chang ...
Yi-Chen (as Yu-chen Chang)
Kuo-cheng Cheng
Ching-Ching Lin
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Vigo Fan ...
Mortician (as Chien-Yu Fan)


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


Drama | Horror

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Rated R for some violent images | See all certifications »




Release Date:

16 September 2005 (Taiwan)  »

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The Heirloom  »


Box Office


TWD 18,000,000 (estimated)
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12 March 2010 | by See all my reviews

This movie had a decent buildup the first fifteen minutes. Everything following is for the worse. The story itself is pretty simple. The way it was told however was very confusing. Also the main actors haven't got a clue what to do with the material. At the climax this becomes clear when the lead actress acts surprised when she is told something. Completely forgetting that she already discovered this several scenes ago. Confusion is one thing but lack of suspense is not something that can be overlooked in a movie like this. Therefore "Heirloom" could be conceived as a drama with some supernatural elements. Only without any sympathy for the characters on screen or real emotions shown it does make it difficult to be touched. It did bother me though that apart from 1 or 2 scenes they didn't show much that could be considered supernatural. The movie doesn't show anything that would make sense of what is going on. It is like scenes were cut that otherwise would provide better transitions between scenes. The viewer just has to accept it without questioning anything. But even then it is hard liking this movie when essentially not much is going on. In short,don't waste your time with this one.

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