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The Eye [DVD]

Angelica Lee , Lawrence Chou , Wilson Yip , Danny Pang    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Angelica Lee, Lawrence Chou, Chutcha Rujinanon, Yut Lai So, Candy Lo
  • Directors: Wilson Yip, Danny Pang
  • Producers: Orange Music, Lawrence Cheng
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Thai, Mandarin Chinese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Tartan
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Jan 2003
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00007JGI8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 53,241 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



The Eye ("Jian gui") incorporates a very old suspicion that has prevented many people from ticking the "cornea" section on their Donor card. From the age of two, Mun (Angelica Lee) has been blind and has learnt to live her life through her other four senses, but after a cornea operation she discovers she has a "sixth sense". As her sight slowly returns she notices shadowy figures prowling around her that are definitely not normal human beings. So begins a quest for the eye donor, during which Mun discovers that people's superstitions still remain as strong as ever.

Hong Kong directors Oxide Pang Chun and Danny Pang have not made another generic horror in the wake of Ring, nor an ultra-violent picture in the style of Battle Royale. A clearer comparison is with The Sixth Sense, but unlike M Night Shyamalan's film The Eye uses stunning visual effects to evoke a deeper sense of the unknown and a deeper understanding of death without the trappings of Christianity (here suicide does not lead to eternal damnation). Ultimately, The Eye is a supernatural suspense story, with Mun turning detective and learning a little more than she bargained for about her own mortality.

On the DVD:The Eye offers a short (eight-minute) "making of" documentary which is extended further in the Pang Brothers documentary. As with all Tartan products the disc is full of trailers, but has some added value with Justin Bowyer's film notes. There is the option to play the film without English subtitles, and the subtitles have been improved in contrast to earlier Tartan releases by the addition of a black rim around the italics. Sound and vision are exceptional and will certainly add to any jumpy reactions. Let's hope this one also gets the two-disc special edition treatment in the future. --Nikki Disney

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Having been blind since the age of two, twenty-year-old Mun decides to undergo a risky corneal transplant operation. When the bandages come off, the operation seems to have been successful, but Mun begins to experience unnerving visions of mysterious strangers and it soon transpires that the face she is seeing in the mirror is not her own. Desperate to escape from this nightmare, Mun sets out to discover the identity of the person through whose eyes she is now viewing the world.

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Chilling 5 Dec 2002
I bought this film on the strength of a review I saw and my enjoyment of the 'Ring' series of films. I can honestly say it's one of the best chillers I've seen for many years, the inevitable comparisons to Sixth sense are unfair, this film is so much better.
The 'Ring' series work by a very slow build up of dread, leading up to a focal point at the end of the film, this can mean the start of the film is quite slow, 'The Eye' works in no such way.
You are extremely quickly drawn into the film and held fast, cowering behind your sofa until the films excellent climax.
This film will not make you jump, nor will this film scare you with graphic images like 'Audition'. This film works on fear, and its scary moments will bore themselves into your psyche and rob hours of sleep from you.
A true masterpiece that for my money, is absolutely flawless.
"Get out of my chair............ GET OUT OF MY CHAIR!!"
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What you see is sometimes what you get 24 Nov 2005
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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely brilliant 9 Sep 2003
I am a big fan of asian films and this one definitely ranks in my top ten. The story revolves around a blind girl who undergoes a successful cornea operation. Whilst still in the hospital she encounters several disturbing incidents but because her vision is still blurred she doesn't realise what her experiences were. Once she discovers that the face stirring back at her is not her own, she sets off with the help of her doctor to find out who the cornea donor was. This films story is similar to The Sixth Sense. However the Pang Brothers effort is of far superior quality. This film is a must see and anyone who tells me that the scene with the old man in the elevator is not one of the truly scariest moments captured on film must need a cornea operation of their own. But if you do need the operation check out the donors background cos you never, ever know if you've got the EYE.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Watch with caution. Seriously. 5 Feb 2004
First off, let me just say: I don't scare easily - to be honest, in all the 19 years of my life that I've watched films, I've only been scared by one film - The Exorcist. But even then, it was only the bit when the demon face showed up for about 4 frames. And when the Priest's recently deceased mother went back down into the subway, for some reason.
Anyway, that was when I was about 16. Then when I was 18, I saw 'The Ring' on TV, and Jesus Christ, it scared me so much. This got me hooked on Japanese films, and I bought the 3 "Ring" films (the japanese versions). But the more I watched it, the less scared I got.
Then two weeks after, I went shopping, and saw 'The Eye' DVD. It looked cool, so I bought it. I watched it later that night. And let me tell you, my dear readers: I haven't been the same since.
To this day, I still can't go anywhere in my house at night without the lights on. Plus, I've honestly developed a phobia of elevators (watch the film - you'll see what I'm talking about then).
For me, the most scary part was the "Why are you sitting in my chair?!?" scene - that was the only time ever in my life that I actually went "AH!". (except when I played "Resident Evil 2" - when the licker jumped through the one-way mirror).
I've honestly never felt the fear and dread build up in me like that. A close second was the elevator scene.
If you watch this, prepare to be so scared that your brain will jump out of your ears. It is seriously chilling. I get so scared every time I watch the movie. Every time.
I've probably hyped it up too much now!!! It is a beautiful movie though, definitely one of my favourite. You have to watch this, it is amazing, though the climax at the end ruined it for me. Personally, I think it could have done without.
If you cross "The Sixth Sense" with "At First Sight" with a japanese theme, you'll get a general idea of this movie. No-one makes scary movies like the japanese do.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 days ago by Gwynneth Brown
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't believe the hype.
This film is not as good as you'd think it is from reading all those other enthusiastic reviews. They fooled me into thinking it might be worth seeing. It isn't. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Kate Middleton
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding ghost story - Hey, America, this is how you make horror...
What a great and scary ghost story and it's quite emotional and smart as well.
With a very likeable lead lady (who regains sight after being blind and realises that she can... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Mrs. V. F. R. Niekerk
4.0 out of 5 stars Aye!
Ghosts are perfect fodder for horror movies, but they are rarely depicted as chilling or creepy. Most ghost movies are filled with stingers, CGI, and are neutered by a PG-13... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Inspector Gadget
5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks for the nightmares!
Like many other horror fans, and anyone else for that matter, i dont scare very easily especially when most films are either extremely predictable and repetitive or just very hard... Read more
Published on 1 Jan 2012 by J. Weatherley
4.0 out of 5 stars THE EYE
Not a bad film, I was expecting it to be a bit more shocking after reading some reviews. Don't get me wrong though it is a dark and creepy film, and quite jumpy in parts. Read more
Published on 15 Sep 2011 by I demand to have some booze
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't dare blink as you may miss something.
Don't dare blink as you may miss something.

Wong Kar Mun went blind at the age of two, 18 years later she undergoes a cornea transplant that appears to be a success. Read more
Published on 2 May 2011 by Spike Owen
5.0 out of 5 stars Great World Cinema Film..!
Watched this one night on Film 4 and throughly enjoyed it, - even the subtitles didn't detract from the story.. Read more
Published on 12 Sep 2010 by S. E. Wainwright
5.0 out of 5 stars Petrifying!
Definitly not one to watch alone.Also watching in the dark could cause a heart attack.It's about a blind woman who has her site restored but begins seeing ghastly appartitions and... Read more
Published on 7 July 2009 by Mr. A. J. Ralph
2.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing
I'm sorry but that was rubbish. Just finished watching it about 10 minutes ago and I must say that I did not find it chilling in the least. Read more
Published on 21 Jan 2009 by L. J. M. Humphries
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