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Silk (2006)

Gui si (original title)
Not Rated | | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi | 29 September 2006 (Taiwan)
In Taipei, the crippled scientist Hashimoto uses his invention of "Menger Sponge" to capture the energy of the spirit of a child in an old building. He invites the specialist in reading ... See full summary »

Director:

Chao-Bin Su (as Chao-Pin Su)

Writer:

Chao-Bin Su (as Chao-Pin Su)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chen Chang ... Tung
Yôsuke Eguchi ... Hashimoto (as Yosuke Eguchi)
Kar Yan Lam ... Wei (as Karena Lam)
Barbie Hsu ... Su
Bo-lin Chen ... Ren (as Po-Lin Chen)
Janine Chun-Ning Chang ... Mei
Fang Wan ... Ghost Mother (as Wan Fan)
Kuan-Po Chen Kuan-Po Chen ... Ghost Child
Chi-Chin Ma ... Tung's Mother (as Chih-Chin Ma)
Leon Dai ... SWAT Leader
Kevin S. Smith Kevin S. Smith ... James
Masane Tsukayama ... Director (as Tsukayama Masane)
Kouhei Masiba Kouhei Masiba ... Assistant to Director (as Masiba Kouhei)
Teddy Chan Teddy Chan ... Father
Chiao-Ju Hsu Chiao-Ju Hsu ... Daughter
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Storyline

In Taipei, the crippled scientist Hashimoto uses his invention of "Menger Sponge" to capture the energy of the spirit of a child in an old building. He invites the specialist in reading lips, Detective Tung, to join his research team that is studying the phenomenon to understand the movements of the lips of the ghost. Hashimoto is trying to disclose why the energy of the ghost does not dissipate, and Tung discovers the identity and the dramatic story of the boy. He was sick with tumors and was killed by his own mother and buried nearby a nuclear plant. Hashimoto deduces that the rage of the boy for his mother associated to the location where the body was buried were the reason to keep the energy. When the government decides to shutdown the research, Hashimoto becomes insane and takes the spirit with him. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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ghost | spirit | boy | ghost child | death | See All (34) »

Taglines:

The World's First Caught Spirit.

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Horror | Mystery | Sci-Fi

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Country:

Taiwan

Language:

Hokkien | English | Japanese | Mandarin

Release Date:

29 September 2006 (Taiwan) See more »

Also Known As:

Silk See more »

Filming Locations:

Taipei City, Taiwan

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$854,535
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The director, Chao-Bin Su is also co-starring as the guard in front of the isolated flat. See more »

Goofs

When Tung examines a previously autopsied body, he pulls the heart out. Standard post-autopsy procedure is to wrap the internal organs in plastic in order to prevent leakage before reconstitution of the cadaver, but the heart extracted by Tung lacked any plastic wrapping. See more »

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Remade as Untitled Silk Remake See more »

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A Nutshell Review: Silk
12 October 2006 | by DICK STEELSee all my reviews

Two reasons why I watched this. First, I've been recommended this film by a friend. Secondly, it starred Barbie Hsu - with a name like that, why shouldn't I want to watch this? OK, so I know she starred in the Taiwanese pop-drama television series Meteor Garden, and am just curious to see her in yet another horror movie. And since I'm in post-birthday celebrations, I also learnt she's a day older than me.

OK, so I'm digressing. Silk is a horror movie, and quite a decent one at that. Although it uses the all too familiar ghostly boy character, this boy, unlike recent predecessor seen in Dorm, is very much creepier and deadlier. He's the star ghoul, and exhibits a strange behavioural pattern of staying in a particular room and speaking to himself, or so it is thought.

A team of modern day paranormal investigators cum scientists, led by Japanese Hashimoto (Yosuke Eguchi), recruits a police hotshot with special powers of lip reading, sharp shooting, and that peculiar sixth sense, Ye Qi-Dong (Chang Chen), to unravel the mystery of the boy. However, Hashimoto has an ulterior motive into his research, which has spawned an anti- gravity device called the Menger Sponge, that can be used to entrap spirits, and in liquid spray form, allows the user to see the paranormal.

The movie relies on some hokey physics theories to bring across some ideas and its premise. It tries to explain the phenomenon of spirits and ghosts and how they come about, using some scientific explanation that they are forms of energy. Watch this movie to see if you agree to the conditions presented to turn someone into a spirit that roams the earth, rather than to dissipate into nothingness upon death. But don't get me wrong, it does make for some interesting story development (hey it's fiction/science fiction anyway).

At its core, this movie dwells on themes of existence, family, and again the human emotions of love and hate. I thought Chang Chen did well in the role of the officer who, despite his super abilities, still find it difficult to grapple with new inexplicable experiences, and at the same time, the critical illness of his beloved mother, and trying to maintain a relationship of sorts. The rest of the cast did OK, but in my opinion, noted more for their eye candy presence.

There are truly genuine scary moments in this movie, which was seriously lacking in recent horror releases. Although most are much ado about nothing, or relied on the usual tricks up the horror sleeve with smart manipulation of editing and music, it did provide what I thought was an explanation on how offerings to spirits are possibly handled, through the use of well placed and polished special effects.

In summary, what works for Silk is its semblance of a decent story, and the ending which was satisfactory, given its at times hilarious build up during the tense final (what's up with all these Ringu homages, made plain ridiculous and full of cheese) and unexpected twist of a logical flaw. It's also touching and sad at times, and for those who are of softer hearts, it might bring about some tears.

Do take note though, with its PG rating locally, much of the gore were censored out, in really ugly means. Very jarring to the entire flow of the movie.


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