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The Eye [Import]

Pierre Png , Lawrence Chou , Danny Pang , Oxide Pang Chun    R (Restricted)   DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars What you see is not what you get Feb. 24 2007
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
For a blind person, it would seem like a dream come true to have their sight restored. But what if it came with a price? That is the idea behind the Pang Brothers' "The Eye" ("Jian gui"), one of the most minimalistic -- and chilling -- horror movies in years.

Wong Kar Mun (Angelica Lee) has been blind since she was two, but a cornea transplant restores her sight. At first she can only see blurry figures. But then, Mun sees shadowy phantoms leading away the spirits of the dead. Even worse, she sees the ghosts of suicides lingering on, doomed to repeat their deaths until they are put to rest.

Horrified by this, she goes to her psychotherapist Dr. Wah (Lawrence Chou) for help. Stretching professional ethics, the lovestruck doctor manages to get the records of the donor, and they go to see her family in a rural village. And guided by dreams and visions, Mun learns of the tragic life of a girl, Ling, who could foresee death...

If you like serial killers, buckets of blood and screaming blondes in your horror movies, don't watch "The Eye." As a horror movie, it will be too subtle, too quiet, and too full of intelligent questions about life and death.

There are only a couple of real "horror" moments in here, where things look grotesque. Most of the time, it's psychological in nature; at one point, we hear that suicides are doomed to repeat their deaths -- it's horrifying enough to contemplate someone killing themselves, but doing it over and over? Even worse, we see this in action.

And the Pang Bros. handle this wonderfully. Many of the ghosts appear and vanish quickly, giving a shock to the audience; at other times, they explore the changes that sight brings to Mun's life. But at the same time, the Bros.
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4.0 out of 5 stars What the eye can see April 22 2007
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
For a blind person, it would seem like a dream come true to have their sight restored. But what if it came with a price? That is the idea behind the Pang Brothers' "The Eye" ("Jian gui"), one of the most minimalistic -- and chilling -- horror movies in years.

Wong Kar Mun (Angelica Lee) has been blind since she was two, but a cornea transplant restores her sight. At first she can only see blurry figures. But then, Mun sees shadowy phantoms leading away the spirits of the dead. Even worse, she sees the ghosts of suicides lingering on, doomed to repeat their deaths until they are put to rest.

Horrified by this, she goes to her psychotherapist Dr. Wah (Lawrence Chou) for help. Stretching professional ethics, the lovestruck doctor manages to get the records of the donor, and they go to see her family in a rural village. And guided by dreams and visions, Mun learns of the tragic life of a girl, Ling, who could foresee death...

If you like serial killers, buckets of blood and screaming blondes in your horror movies, don't watch "The Eye." As a horror movie, it will be too subtle, too quiet, and too full of intelligent questions about life and death.

There are only a couple of real "horror" moments in here, where things look grotesque. Most of the time, it's psychological in nature; at one point, we hear that suicides are doomed to repeat their deaths -- it's horrifying enough to contemplate someone killing themselves, but doing it over and over? Even worse, we see this in action.

And the Pang Bros. handle this wonderfully. Many of the ghosts appear and vanish quickly, giving a shock to the audience; at other times, they explore the changes that sight brings to Mun's life. But at the same time, the Bros.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Creepy Suspense Horror June 11 2004
By CreepyT
Format:DVD
Mun (Angelica Lee) is a girl who has had the misfortune of being blind since the age of two. When she undergoes a cornea transplant to restore her sight, both she and her family are overjoyed at the chance for Mun to see again. When Mun begins to see odd shadows and vague, blurry images, it is difficult to discern at first whether or not this is a mere side effect of the surgery. Clearly, her eyes need time to readjust to their surroundings, and her brain time to accept and interpret this new information.
Once Mun leaves the hospital and arrives home, it becomes clear that something is terribly wrong. Her room constantly changes, and she not only sees, but also has conversations with the recently departed. Mun, traumatized by these images and living in a constant state of anxiety, retreats for a while back into the dark world she was familiar with for most of her life. After some coaxing from her therapist, Dr. Wah, (Lawrence Chou), who eventually believes that there is more to her story than meets the eye (no pun intended), Mun realizes that she needs to face her fears and this new way of life. Of course, the fact that Mun's therapist sees her as something more than a mere patient only serves to help Mun's cause. Together the two set out to understand these images and their meanings. Does Mun only perceive things differently due to the fact that her "visual vocabulary" is under-developed? Or has she inherited an unexpected "gift" from her cornea donor?
"The Eye" is everything a suspenseful horror/thriller movie should be. Though this film, at many times, highly resembles "The Sixth Sense," the Pang brothers have managed to put their own unique twist on the story.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Boring
The Eye is slow and not that frightening. I was watching it and got so bored I had to turn it off. It was a total bore.
Published on July 9 2004 by chicoer2003
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok, If you like horror, you might as well watch it
OK movie but like so many Asia movies (Suicide Club,Inner Senses), the stories are great but they end up going nowhere, they give you extra characters and facts that have nothing... Read more
Published on June 18 2004 by pablo
2.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but not my cup of Tea
When I rent movies with my friends,I tend to chose Horror Flicks. When I first picked up the box for The EYE, and read the synopsis I really thought that this film would be a very... Read more
Published on June 13 2004 by Tanja
4.0 out of 5 stars the eye.
if you like movies like The Ring. You will love this one! very creepy, well acted and keeps you on your toes. Read more
Published on May 3 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars SCARY? SPOOKY?
After reading all the quotes on the package I thought I was in for a supernatural treat. I was disappointed. Read more
Published on April 18 2004 by T. A. Hansen
4.0 out of 5 stars Asian view gives some refreshing scares
The old donated body parts affect the recipient plot...However the Pang brothers--being chinese--give it a refreshing Chinese spin.
They appear in the types of ghosts... Read more
Published on April 13 2004 by Dave
3.0 out of 5 stars Takes it back to the roots of suspense thrillers!
This movie scared the bajeezums outta me!
Not too many recent movies has done that to me so this movie gets an instant 3 stars. Read more
Published on April 1 2004 by Digibong!
5.0 out of 5 stars beneath a world of drained art we find a MASTERPIECE!!!!!!!!
CUDO'S to the PANG BROS.this movie is masterful!although it might not be a pure original idea its pulled off better than anyone else's version of this idea. Read more
Published on March 27 2004 by creatureart
4.0 out of 5 stars It's good, but not a classic
The eye is a movie which shares the best features of contemporary asian horror films: it aims to create a dim and weird atmosphere. Read more
Published on March 26 2004 by "guandajo"
1.0 out of 5 stars dull
This is just China's attempt to re-create Sixth Sense and The Ring (both movies I'm not too fond of either). I knew pretty much what was going to happen after every scene. Read more
Published on March 25 2004 by Jose Angeles
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