Review: ‘The Eye … Infinity’

Franchise fatigue blurs "The Eye ... Infinity," the third outing in the Pang Brothers' series about humans haunted by ghosts. With its youthful cast and playful tone, this collection of vignettes strung around four Chinese vacationing in Thailand seems aimed at Asian teens rather than international auds, with fast playoff prior to ancillary.

Franchise fatigue blurs “The Eye … Infinity,” the third outing in the Pang Brothers’ series about humans haunted by ghosts. With its youthful cast and playful tone, this collection of vignettes strung around four Chinese vacationing in Thailand seems aimed at Asian teens rather than international auds, with fast playoff prior to ancillary. Pic scored a so-so HK$8 million ($1 million) on March release, weakest of the trio.

May (Kate Yeung), her brother Ted (Chen Bo-lin) and their courting friends, Ko-fai (Kris Gu) and April (Isabella Leong), are introduced by a Thai friend to a venerable manual detailing 10 ways to summon up ghosts. But the kids summon up more than they bargained for, with first Ko-fai and then April going missing, necessitating an Orphean rescue mission by the other two. Best parts are in the section in Hong Kong, with May and Ted haunted by an umbrella and a bouncing ball; the rest is lazily formulaic, though visual f/x are good. Yeung (from Sylvia Chang’s “20 30 40”) is the most colorful character of the young thesps. Original Hong Kong English title was “The Eye 10.”

The Eye ... Infinity

Hong Kong

Production

An Applause Pictures release and production. (International sales: Fortissimo Films, Amsterdam.) Produced by Peter Chan, Lawrence Cheng, Jojo Hui. Executive producer, Eric Tsang. Directed by Pang Brothers (Danny Pang, Oxide Pang). Screenplay, Mark Wu; story, Pang Brothers.

Crew

Camera (color), Decha Seementa; editor, Curran Pang; music, Payont Permsith; production designer, Stanley Cheung; art director, Earb Ngonthong. Reviewed at Cannes Film Festival (market), May 15, 2005. Cantonese, Thai, Mandarin dialogue. Running time: 83 MIN.

With

Chen Po-lin, Isabella Leong, Kate Yeung, Ray MacDonald, Bongkoth Kongmalai, Kris Gu.
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