The Eye 2

Helming-editing team the Pang Brothers takes a thin idea -- a woman can see ghosts -- for a second, less rewarding trot round the shock block in "The Eye 2." Best suited to ancillary in Western markets where the success of the 2002 original still resonates. Hong Kong B.O. for the March release was two-thirds of the first pic's, at a solid $1.2 million.

With:
With: Shu Qi, Jessadaporn Pholdee, Eugenia Yuan, Philip Kwok, Rayson Tan, Ren Yuanyuan.

Helming-editing team the Pang Brothers takes a thin idea — a woman can see ghosts — for a second, less rewarding trot round the shock block in “The Eye 2.” Virtually a one-woman show for Taiwanese-born actress Shu Qi, this is at best a serviceable entry in the Asian psychothriller genre, best suited to ancillary in Western markets where the success of the 2002 original still resonates. Hong Kong B.O. for the March release was two-thirds of the first pic’s, at a solid $1.2 million.

Except for its theme, pic isn’t connected to the previous entry. Here, the catalyst for the protag to be able to see ghosts seems to be pregnancy, a state in which Joey Cheng (Shu Qi, game) finds herself after being dumped by b.f. Sam (Thai actor Jessadaporn Pholdee, dubbed) and trying to suicide in a Bangkok hotel room. Back in Hong Kong, story follows her pregnancy, amid various hauntings, especially by a femme spirit (Eugenia Yuan, daughter of vet action star Cheng Pei-pei). Shocks are well handled (especially an inventive one at a bus stop), and lensing is cool and clean; sudden, eruptive use of music is less subtle.

The Eye 2

Market / Hong Kong - Singapore

Production: A Go Film release (in Hong Kong) of an Applause Pictures (H.K.)/MediaCorp Raintree Pictures (Singapore) presentation of an Applause production. (International sales: Fortissimo Film Sales, Amsterdam/H.K.) Produced by Peter Chan, Lawrence Cheng, Jojo Hui. Executive producers, Eric Tsang, Daniel Yun. Directed, edited by Pang Brothers (Oxide Pang, Danny Pang). Screenplay, Jojo Hui; story, Hui, Lawrence Cheng.

Crew: Camera (color), Decha Srimantra; music, Payont Termsit; consultant production designer, Bruce Yu; art director, Simon So; costume designer, Steven Tsang. Reviewed at Cannes Film Festival (market), May 15, 2004. Cantonese, English, Thai, Mandarin dialogue. Running time: 94 MIN.

With: With: Shu Qi, Jessadaporn Pholdee, Eugenia Yuan, Philip Kwok, Rayson Tan, Ren Yuanyuan.

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