The Eye (2002)


The Eye – Danny Pang & Oxide Chun Pang (the Pang Brothers)

Gin gwai (original title)

Summary:  20 year-old Mun (Angelica Lee) has been blind ever since the age of two, but thankfully her eyesight is restored after undertaking a successful eye cornea transplant surgery.  Despite being able to see again, Mun starts to feel everything is not as it seems as she begins to see mysterious figures that are becoming increasingly intrusive towards her.  Frightened, she goes to see Dr. Wah (Lawrence Chou), a psychologist, who at first doesn’t believe her when she tells him what she sees, but eventually decides to join Mun on a trip to northern Thailand to discover more about what happened to her eye donor before they died.

My Review:  This, alongside other horrors like Ringu (1998) and Ju-On: The Grudge (2002), are why Asian horrors first got noticed – because they’ll scare the **** out of you!  The Eye (2002) has brilliant tense-building scenes that just keep building until you think you can’t take watching anymore.  The elevator scene in particular is one you’ll definitely need your pillow for.  I’ve not seen the Hollywood remake staring Jessica Alba, but with a killer storyline such as this I’m not surprised it’s been redone and has a few spin-offs.  There’s some nice spine-chilling scares in the first half, which sadly tails off towards the end.  Still definitely worth a watch though.

My Rating: 3.5/5

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