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8Jan/080

The Eye 10 (2005)

The Eye 10

A.K.A.: The Eye Infinity
Chinese Title: Gin Gwai 10
Vietnamese Title: Con Mat Am Duong 10
Genre: Comedy, Horror
Starring: Bo-lin Chen, Yu Gu, Bongkoj Khongmalai, Isabella Leong, Ray MacDonald, Kate Yeung
Screenwriters: The Pang Brothers
Directors: The Pang Brothers
MPAA: PG-13

Synopsis
Though the numeral given in the title is 10, this is not an indicator of chronology. The third in a series by the Pang Brothers, film takes place after the events of The Eye and The Eye 2, though probably not much further in time. It chronicles the tale of five teenagers who read from a book titled The Ten Encounters, which details 10 different methods for seeing the dead. Hence, the 10 in the title.
Source: Wikipedia

Rating: D- (Very Bad)
Scare Factor: 1 (Hardly Scary)
Rewatch Factor: Very Low
Comment: A visitor have once asked me through e-mail regarding why is it that most of the movie and drama reviews I wrote received good ratings--does it mean that I like most things I seen? Not true, I actually don't like a lot of movies and dramas, but I just don't write reviews about them because I lacked the motivation and interest to even mention them.

However, I have a lot of motivation to write review for this film. Not because it is good, but on the contrary because it is so bad. I started to watch this movie because I like the horror genre and I am also familiar with the Pang Brothers' previous works. Unfortunately, this movie is so far from my expectation that it didn't even registered in my prepare-for-the-worst radar--I simply didn't expect the film to be this bad. So in case this review turns into a rant, I just want to summarize a few things that make this movie unbearable to watch for me. First, it is not even remotely scary--all it did was put me to sleep (literally). Second, the film tried too hard to be hip and different by combining horror with comedy. Needless to say, it failed miserably. While it is not scary, I will admit that it is funny, in a lame joke sense. Starting from the first 15 minutes of the movie and onward, I was expecting for the Pang Brothers to jump out, pull an "Ashton Kutcher" and say "You've Been Punked!"

Another thing that was unbearable for me was the music, music suppose to enhance the mood of the viewers and not destroyed them. Unfortunately, some of the music selection was wrongly selected and wrongly placed in this film causing major distraction and annoyance for me. Finally, what killed this movie for me was the plot (or lacked thereof) and ultimately the bad actings. I don't expect any award-winning acting to occur in a horror/comedy film, but it at least has to be somewhat decent. However, the actors and actresses in this film can't even delivered an ounce of horror or humor--the whole time I was watching the movie I was waiting for all of the characters to die so that I don't have to watch them act.

I don't know what the Pang Brothers drank/smoke while they wrote and directed this movie, but I'm pretty sure it is something questionable. In short, if you don't want to kill your brain cells or yourself for that matter then don't bother watching this movie. However, if you have already seen this movie, and like me have a hard time accepting or admitting that you actually watched this movie then feel free to contact me as to how you can join the group "The Eye 10 Anonymous".

24Jun/070

The Myth (2005)

The Myth

Chinese Title: 神话 (Shenhua)
Genre: Drama, Period, Romance
Starring: Jackie Chan, Kim Hee Sun, Tony Leung
Screenwriter: Stanley Tong
Director: Stanley Tong
MPAA: R

Synopsis: Jack (Jackie Chan) often dreams that he is an ancient Qin dynasty General rescuing a princess from danger. At first, he thought that these were simply dreams from his imagination. However, on his expedition to India with his best friend Tony in order to find rare materials for research, he encountered a painting of the princess in his dream inside a tomb. He ultimately realizes that his dream may be real after all, and that his dreams might be fragments of his past life, and begins to find the answer behind those recurring dreams.
Source: Eversky.org

Rating: A (Excellent)
Rewatch Factor: Medium
Comment: The Myth is one of those rare epic films that ties past to present together so nicely. Throughout the film, the transition between present and past are done nicely. At first, the viewer may be taken aback at these sudden transitions, but the viewer will be able to follow through the movie with ease. The idea behind the movie is original in the sense that plays on real history and weaves a story from there. The fighting scenes were especially choreographed well, and that is one of the highlights of the movie. Viewers will find themselves appreciating the bit of romance portrayed in the movie, one that can never come to fruition however. The ending in the movie may seem like it's lacking since the beginning and the middle were so great, but if a person thinks about, the ending was suitable and reasonable for such a movie. There were also minor details in the movie that a person should be aware of because they simply add more to beauty of the movie and its epic storyline. I personally feel that this is an excellent movie with a suitable ending. My only warning for people who plans to watch this movie, is that the ending might not be what they expect it to be.

10Mar/070

List of Chinese Movies

This is the list of all the Chinese movies I have seen.

C-Movies
14 Blades
2 Become 1
2046
49 Days

A Beautiful Life
A Chinese Fairy Tale 2011
A Time for Love
All for the Winner
An Empress and the Warrior
Anna in Kungfu-land

Bad Girls
Bodyguards and Assassins

Chinese Odyssey (2002)
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Curse of the Golden Flower

Don't Go Breaking My Heart
Dragon Inn
Dragon Tiger Gate
Drink, Drank, Drunk
Dry Wood, Fierce Fire

Eternal Summer

Fat Choi Spirit
Fearless
Fight Back to School
Fog
Forest of Death
From Beijing with Love
Frugal Game

God of the Gamblers 2
God of the Gamblers 3: Back to Shanghai
Gong Tau: An Oriental Black Magic
Gorgeous