Friday, November 30, 2012

#837. The Eye (2002)

Directed By: Oxide Pang, Danny Pang

Starring: Angelica Lee, Chutcha Rujinanon, Lawrence Chou

Tag line: "Some things are better left unseen"

Trivia:  When Dr Wah and Mun are on the train together, a ghostly woman's face appears in the window behind them as they travel through a tunnel

When it comes to Asian horror, my favorite movie will always be Ju-On, which scares the hell out of me every time I see it. But I gotta tell you: The Pang Brothers 2002 film, The Eye, is a very close second.

Mun (Angelica Lee), who has been blind since the age of two, has just undergone a corneal transplant operation to restore her eyesight. The procedure is a success, but Mun soon realizes she’s seeing things - and people - that nobody else can see. 

As it turns out, Mun's new eyes give her the ability to see the dead, whose spirits have either just departed their bodies (led to the afterlife by a mysterious shadow) or are trapped in this realm and looking to break free. 

Terrified, she turns to her therapist, Dr. Wah (Lawrence Chow) for help, and together they attempt to track down some information on the former "owner" of the corneas, hoping it will shed some light on a a mystery that is driving Mun insane.

The Eye has many terrific scenes, ranging from the fantastic (like when the spirit of a young boy passes through Mun as she’s crossing the street) to the suspenseful (a sequence set in an elevator will drag you to the edge of your seat) to the downright terrifying. Whenever Mun opens her eyes, there’s a chance she’ll see something extraordinary, and more often than not, she does. The Eye also features an excellent twist that took me completely by surprise, and a climactic scene as surprising as it is brilliantly staged.

In the first decade of the 2000's, Hollywood churned out remake after remake of recent Asian horror films, some of which are quite entertaining; The Ring is a great example of a remake done right, as is 2009’s The Uninvited

In 2008, The Eye joined the ranks as well, with a remake that featured Jessica Alba in the lead role. As to how good (or bad) this particular version of the story is, I can’t say. Because I haven’t seen it, and more than likely never will. 

For me, The Eye was done to perfection by writers/directors Danny and Oxide Pang back in 2002. There’s simply no way anyone could have improved on their movie.

1 comment:

Peter Nielsen said...

Hey, Dave

I'll keep this short... The Eye is a scary-a*# movie! The scene in the elevator is beyond intense... and the scene where she's sitting at the desk, writing... oh, man! Damn near peed myself!