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Inner Senses (Special Edition)
Inner Senses
Special Edition
Actors: Leslie Cheung, Kar Yan Lam, Maggie Poon, Waise Lee, Valerie Chow
Director: Chi-Leung Law
Genres: Indie & Art House, Horror, Mystery & Suspense
UR     2003     1hr 40min

The last film leslie cheung made before his untimely death. Cheung is a psychiatrist who believes his latest patient is hallucinating when she claims she sees dead people. Their search for an end to her nightmare leads to ...  more »

     
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Actors: Leslie Cheung, Kar Yan Lam, Maggie Poon, Waise Lee, Valerie Chow
Director: Chi-Leung Law
Creators: Kwok-Man Keung, Chi-Leung Law, Tung-Shing Yee, Sin Ling Yeung
Genres: Indie & Art House, Horror, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Horror, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Tai Seng
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 10/21/2003
Original Release Date: 01/01/2002
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2002
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 1hr 40min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
Edition: Special Edition
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: Cantonese
Subtitles: English
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Movie Reviews

Asian Horror with intelligence and sensitivity
Dancing Ganesha | Bangalore, India | 06/05/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"While there are some cliches apparent in this film, it's also amazing that some of the scenes in it have been used for newer releases like "The Shadow of The Wraith," for one. I am constantly finding that good films are always a minefield for our current horror directors. Of course, "Inner Senses" is also reknown for its real-life tragedy, the fact that Mr. Cheung committed suicide (almost re-enacting his own attempt to suicide in this film) is a constant reminder for his fans.

This is, in my opinion, one of the finest in Asian horror cinema that can be found. It is explores the inner workings of the mind and reveals a sensitivity that is rare in horror. Multi-layered and full of depth, this film has unfortunately been compared to "The Sixth Sense." While it does share some similarities, it's also quite easy to remember that most horror films share similarities, and the borrowing of ideas, in the past and now, has always been a hallmark of the creative person's life, whether one is a writer/poet, visual artist, or musician."
CREEPY!!!
horror_fan | Canada | 04/18/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This movie starts of creepy then slow then again
really creepy and then sad.I don't know why they call
it hong kong's SIXTH SENSE because it really isn't
anything like it.All I have to say is that this movie
is really creepy and it deserves a look."
Healing The Trauma Of The Past: Ghosts Or No Ghosts
Ernest Jagger | Culver City, California | 08/25/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

""Inner Senses," is a highly recommended film. The film gives the viewer the suggestion of horror, and does so in a way that is refreshing. Are there ghosts? Or does our mind play tricks on us? Do we see what we want to see? Or are there unforeseen forces in the universe? The film begins with Jim Law (Leslie Cheung) who portrays a psychiatrist. We see that Jim is overworked, and never has time for himself. He immerses himself in his practice helping others. One of his newest patients is suicidal woman who claims to see ghosts. This patient, Yan, (Kar Yan Lam) gives an excellent performance as a disturbed young woman. She has been referred to Dr. Law by his friend and colleague, Dr. Wilson Chan (Waise Lee). Dr. Chan's connection to the young women is personal: Yan is a relative of his wife, therefore, he believes that her case should be handled by an outsider.

The opening scene in the films narrative sets the tone of the film. Here we see a little background about Dr. Jim Law. We find that he does not believe in ghosts of other supernatural phenomena, and personally debunks ghosts at a college seminar. He tells his audience of students and faculty that these are primitive holdovers from events in their lives that they carry with them, due to their upbringing, and also due to the constant bombardment of horror films that reinforce their belief in the supernatural. Further, Dr. Law states to the students that in Asian society this is reinforced further by the cultural attitudes of local Asian beliefs and customs.

When Yan is sent to Dr. Law, she finds this newest psychiatrist a welcome relief. She even begins to fall in love with him. As the films narrative progresses, we see that her health improves. Moreover, Yan finds a renewed belief in her own self esteem. There are some extremely edge of your seat scenes of Yan, and her interaction with the ghosts that she is encountering. Yet, the viewer questions whether or not she is really seeing ghosts, or if this is all in her mind. However, it appears that Yan's therapy seems to be going well. Eventually, Yan is becoming cured. But events unfolding in Dr. Laws life does not seem to be going very well. He begins to see the ghost of a young girl from his past. Is he seeing ghosts? Or is this caused by the stress of overwork? The film lets the viewer decide what is happening.

Yet, the fact remains however, that Jim is now haunted by a ghost. And his colleagues notice that something is amiss with him when he tries to do Electro-Shock-Therapy on himself. As the viewer you might say that the ghosts are inner ghosts that haunt us all. Or maybe Jim really is seeing ghosts? The question is put to the viewer--is this real, or is it in the heads of the two aforementioned individuals: Jim and Yan. That is what I liked about this film. It is nuanced, suggestive, and little slow paced, so that the viewer gets to see the character development of the actors in the film. On a sad note, this would be the last film by actor Leslie Cheung, prior to his suicide in 2003. And the similarities in the films conclusion is always a sad watch for me. The film is highly recommended."
Leslie Cheung's last great performance.
Devlin Tay | Adelaide, Australia | 07/14/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

""Inner Senses" is another great horror movie to come out of Asia in recent years. However, it suffers from a certain lack of originality. Its basic premise imitates that of "The Sixth Sense" i.e. psychiatrist tries to help troubled person who sees dead people. The horror scenes in the last minutes of "Inner Senses" also borrow heavily from Japan's "Ring". Such weaknesses aside, "Inner Senses" is certainly an intelligent horror movie, much more so than my other Asian favourite to come out in 2002, "The Eye". While "The Eye" goes all out to scare audiences, "Inner Senses" prefers to make audiences think beyond what they are witnessing on the screen. In what is probably his last great performance, Leslie Cheung is Jim, a psychiatrist who works in a mental hospital. Jim is an atheist who places his faith in science and has no time for superstitious nonsense, including religion. As he states in his lecture at the beginning of the movie, "ghosts" are all in the mind, the result of the mind putting together various randomly accumulated information about a society's superstitions. He agrees to take on a client as a favour for a colleague. Karena Lam is Yan, a troubled girl who claims to see dead people. She lives in terror of the strange visitors who visits her apartment, especially her kindly (but somewhat mentally unbalanced) landlord's long dead wife and child. She plasters all her glass windows and mirrors in her apartment with newspapers to avoid seeing "things". Jim works hard to free Yan of her fears and successfully convinces her that none of her visions are real. They are the result of her loneliness, troubled childhood, failed relationships, overactive imagination and neighbours' pranks. But once Yan is freed of her visions, Jim starts to see a dead teenage girl himself ... she hums a strangely familiar tune, giggles at some secret joke, and follows him around. He has flashbacks about his teenage years and sleepwalks looking for something from the past ... something so terrible that he has buried the memories in unreachable places in his mind. Yan has to help him figure out what it is before his visions destroy him. "Inner Senses" will have audiences thinking long after the end of the movie. Although "ghosts" do make multiple spine-tingling appearances in "Inner Senses", we are not told unequivocally that they are, in fact, ghosts. The protagonists' experiences can rightly be attributed to their fractured mental conditions. Leslie Cheung and Karena Lam both give outstanding performances as flawed people coping with inexplicable and terrifying events. The last minutes of "Inner Senses" eerily foreshadow Leslie Cheung's suicide in 2003. The Chinese movie world has lost a great entertainer, but his memory will remain with us."