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|The Eye 2|
Actors: Qi Shu, Eugenia Yuan, Jesdaporn Pholdee, Supasawat Buranavech, Kwai Ying Cheung
Directors: Danny Pang, Oxide Pang Chun
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Special Interests, Mystery & Suspense
A pregnant young woman with suicidal tendencies is plagued by disturbing images. Genre: Horror Rating: UN Release Date: 1-MAY-2007 Media Type: DVD
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Jefferson N. from BLAIRSVILLE, GA
Reviewed on 8/1/2011...
The Eye 2 is one of the best horror movies, Asian or otherwise, I have seen recently. It's about a young woman who has broken up with her boyfriend and tries to kill herself. She's resuscitated and shortly thereafter starts seeing ghosts. She also learns she is pregnant. And one ghost in particular seems to be stalking her.
This is one of the most original and beautiful movies I've seen in a long time. It's not nearly as predictable as one would think of one of these Asian horror movies. Yes, it has thrill and chills and ghosts come and go across the screen. But along with this is a truly wonderful story of life, death, karma, and redemption. I didn't expect much, since this genre was getting VERY predictable by the time this movie came out, but I was pleasantly surprised with this one. It rises above being a mere horror movie and beomes something closer to classic films like Wings of Destiny than just another Ringu clone. This is a must-see film! I will warn anyone with a weak stomach watching this that it does have some gory scenes and there are some creepy images in the film. But if this doesn't bother you, please don't miss this one!
bonsai chicken | United States | 09/10/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"With THE EYE being among my favorite scary movies ever, I was looking forward to this film with both excitement and trepidation. The promising side was that the Pang Brothers helmed this film as well, rather than turning it over to someone else. But we know how sequels tend to go, especially if the original cast does not return.
As it turns out, that isn't a problem, because THE EYE 2 is a sequel only in the most general sense. It, too, concerns a woman who begins seeing ghosts. (The literal translation of both films' original title - JIAN GUI - is "Seeing Ghosts.") Otherwise, this film is completely unrelated. Joey Cheng (Shu Qi - THE TRANSPORTER, GORGEOUS) is an outwardly tough but emotionally fragile young woman who has just ended a relationship with a married man. After a failed suicide attempt she starts to see phantoms wherever she goes -- in particular, one ghostly woman who seems to be following her around.
In some ways, THE EYE 2 is a better film than its predecessor. It's not as frightening (though it has its moments) but it strives to be something more than a straight-ahead thriller. It's about a woman facing an unwanted, unexpected pregnancy alone. It delves into eastern philosophy and themes of karma and reincarnation. It's just a different movie altogether, and viewers should go in expecting that. The distinctive style of the Pang Brothers is still ever-present.
Lion's Gate has released a nice DVD package of this film. Extras include a thirteen-minute behind-the-scenes feature which sheds light on the creators' intentions and trailers for AUDITION, INFECTION, PREMONITION, JU-ON, THE DEVIL'S REJECTS and more. The movie looks and sounds fantastic (5.1 surround is strongly suggested if you have it available.)
Since both films are independent stories, you don't need to watch them in any particular order, but both are recommended."
Lee Armstrong | Winterville, NC United States | 10/04/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Directed by the Pang Brothers, "The Eye 2" is a gripping Asian film. It has a bit more substance than a strict horror genre. Some of that is due to the excellent performance of Shu Qi who was riveting in "The Transporter" with Jason Statham and also in "Millennium Mambo." As Joey Cheng, she plays an emotionally traumatized woman whose relationship is breaking up. We see her try to choose between a dark green or light green tie for her boyfriend, go on a wild shopping spree, and then intentionally overdose on sleeping pills. Her attempted suicide combined with her pregnancy give her access to other-worldly visions of ghosts. Her boyfriend Sam played by Thai actor Jesdaporn Pholdee is apparently torn between two women. His wife played by Eugenia Yuan became so stressed when she learns that he has a mistress that she threw herself in front of a train. Joey encounters the ghost in a train station and tries to prevent her suicide, not realizing that she is now able to see the dead. Joey sees the woman haunting her and stalking her unborn baby. The film is punctuated by otherworldly scenes of ghosts swimming through air trying to enter the womb of pregnant women with one in a stalled elevator being particularly scary. The film seems like it might end about 4 times, but each time the screen goes to black and the film keeps coming back. Joey's final tragic leap scene makes one believe that there must be such a thing as soft concrete. "The Eye 2" has its share of scares, but also has excellent character development from the three lead actors and an excellent expansion mechanism like a psychic mystery story in its screenplay. Enjoy!"
More than the eye can see
E. A Solinas | MD USA | 01/08/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"It should be a good thing that the ones doing "Eye 2" are the Pang Brothers, who created the first. And it should be good that it technically isn't a sequel to the first "Eye" movie.
But the Pang Bros don't quite catch lightning in a bottle for "Eye 2," which has some wonderful horror moments and unique twists, but has a rather predictable plot and a heroine who just seems to lack that certain something. It's an entertaining horror flick, but it's not all it could have been.
After a huge shopping spree, Joey Cheng (Qi Shu) ODs on pills because her married lover has dumped her. Fortunately she's found in time, and after a stay in the hospital, she heads back to China -- where she finds that she's also pregnant. But even creepier, she's starting to see people -- and creatures -- that aren't there.
But she can't just see them -- one of them saves her from a rapist, and she sees another trying to enter the body of a newborn baby. The increasingly unstable Joey doesn't know how to keep the the ghosts from attacking her baby, and she'll take drastic action to keep them from succeeding...
"Eye 2" is actually more fascinating as a study of Buddhist philosophy (only touched on in the first movie) than as a horror movie. In fact, the Pang boys drop a giant hint about the ghosts' intentions early on, so expect to know what's going on long before Joey ever figures it out -- lots of karma and atonement here.
Danny and Oxide Pang manage to conjure up a very creepy atmosphere at times, with traditional Korean spooks, a rape scare and a healthy dose of blood'n'gore, as well as the grey-faced dead who hang around pregnant women. Unfortunately the plot is a bit flat, without much mystery or suspense -- it's basically a series of scenes where Joey sees ghosts and acts crazily. Creepy, but rather plotless.
Nor is Joey a particularly compelling character -- she seems rather unstable to start with (with the repeated suicide attempts and adulterous affairs), although she's a bit more likable by the finale. And Qi Shu does a decent job with her, almost overacting but usually staying behind the line, even when she's screaming about ghosts under the table.
"The Eye 2" suffers from a slack middle section, but the beginning and ending (and some of the ghost scenes) are wonderful and quite creepy. Worth watching, though the plot is lacking."