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The Asian ApertureThe Eye (2002)
POSTED BY JASON FETTERS, May 12, 2013    Share

A young woman, who became blind as a young girl, rests in a hospital bed, with gauze covering her eyes. She has recently received new eyes from an unknown donor. After the doctor removes the gauze, she begins her painful recovery and is able to see for the first time in years. However, along with her new eyes comes an unsuspected side effect; she can see the dead.

So begins the Pang brothers Hong Kong horror movie about ghosts, spirits, and sanity. It is hard enough for Mun to deal with seeing and now she sees a mysterious Shadow man who presents her with ghosts who want to talk to her, who get under her skin, who put her through more mental anguish than any human should have to suffer through.

In an effort to get her life back on track, Mun realizes that she can speak Chinese but cannot read the characters due to her blindness. She tries to remedy this by taking lessons from a local calligraphy teacher. While taking lessons, a woman appears and shouts,

ďDonít sit in my seat!Ē

Mun blinks and the woman is gone.
She stares, and the woman reappears and screams, ďDONĒT SIT IN MY CHAIR!Ē

Mun jumps back in terror as the ghost lunges at her, Munís calligraphy inks spills and her teacher quickly rushes to her side to try to find out what happen. He questions her sanity.

This is just one of many scenes that make the original, The Eye, such a trilling experience. It puts you on a visual tour of ghosts behaving badly and drudges up your worst nightmares.

The best part of The Eye is that it does not rely on CGI to achieve creepiness. While watching the short documentary on the DVDís special features, the filmmakers talk about how they only use effects after they have gone as far as they can without it. This is a welcome change from such bad CGI attempts as The Haunting (1999) where the effects are so gaudy the entire movie is unwatchable. When all the awful looking CGI blood used in recent Hollywood movies, it is no wonder that true horror fans are checking out what is going on in Asia.

The Eye is a wonderful nightmare brought to life as only the Pang brothers can. The script is very strong and the characters are important. Angelica Lee , (also on the special features documentary,) talks about how much raw emotion she put into Mun and how she spent time really trying to immerse herself into the character. The results are a character we can all relate to, who is put through a mental breakdown, and forced to deal with the unknown supernatural realm and that makes it so much worse.

Do you have what it takes to watch The Eye? My suggestion is to watch it at home all alone, with no lights, just after dark, and see if those images donít sink into your dreams.

Highly Recommended

5 out of 5 Stars

"The Asian Aperture" is ©2013 by Jason Fetters. All contents of Crazed Fanboy are ©2013 by Nolan B. Canova and Terence Nuzum.

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