The Eye 2 (Gin gwai 2)
(R, 1:35:21, Released 2004)
|Genres:||Art House & International, Horror|
|Release Date:||Mar 18, 2004|
|DVD Release Date:||Aug 9, 2005|
|Starring:||Jesdaporn Pholdee, Qi Shu, Eugenia Yuan|
|Directed by:||Danny Pang, Oxide Pang Chun, Pang Brothers|
|Synopsis:||Visionary Asian horror directors the Pang Brothers offer another disconcerting look at the spirits of the dead in this sequel to their international hit The Eye. Joey Cheng (Shu Qi) is a woman who has been given to deep mood swings, which isn't helped by the fact her relationship with her boyfriend, Sam (Jesdaporn Pholdee), is crumbling. In a moment of despair, Joey takes an overdose of sleeping pills in an apparent suicide attempt. Joey survives the incident, but discovers that she's pregnant with Sam's child, putting her in another difficult situation. Joey decides to keep the baby, but she soon discovers another strange side effect of her brush with death -- she can now see ghosts, especially when she's in the presence of children and pregnant women, and is frequently haunted by the spirit of a women attempting to kill herself near a railroad track. As the ghost begins visiting more and more often, Joey becomes convinced the spirit wants to enter the body of her unborn child. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi|
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September 27, 2007
Directed by: The Pang Brothers. Starring: Qi Shu, Eugenia Yuan, Jesdaporn Pholdee. It's a film that took me a long time to really respect and like, once I had seen how amazingly scary 'The Eye' was, I was expecting something in the same tone with 'The Eye 2', but that isn't the case. But I decided to watch it again and although I still have some problems with the film, I saw the film for what it is. The story follows a depressed woman who has just broken up with her boyfriend and attempts to commit suicide, but she leaves a note so that she can be revived so that she can start fresh. On the verge of death she starts to see ghosts and once she is rushed to hospital and has her stomach pumped (overdose), she realizes that she is pregnant and this starts her off seeing ghosts everywhere she turns....but why around pregnant women? It focuses a lot more on narrative rather than chills, the story is easily compelling to me as it is something that I believe in and something that thoroughly interests me. The Pang Brothers don't seem to quite grasp the concept in the first part of the film but thankfully pick up before it is too late and they focus on the emotion and the characters. In the way of what they offered in 'The Eye', the tension isn't always there, nor is it as chilling, but they do offer some amazing imagery that relates to the story and some small shocking moments. Shu Qi is certainly no Angelica Lee, but she proves herself well and provides a great performance of considerable range. I love the fact that the film aims for something different and goes in that direction rather then repeating itself (which is something where Hollywood sequels fail) and I'm glad it focused on the narrative and had an amazing story to back it up with intriguing ideas....but I guess I had hoped for what the Pang Brothers had done with there first film. Still a movie many will miss, but it should be seen....just don't expect something like the first film.
January 25, 2007
Crap. Has nothing to do with the original Eye, nor with eyes in general. The plot is one of the most unbelievably thin that has ever been committed to the silver screen; it's amazing that they managed to stretch it out to an hour and a half. Basically, the movie amounts to the heroine getting chased around by ghosts for nearly an hour, finding out a dumb plot point and then falling off a building. Twice. Skip this one, especially if you liked the old Eye.
July 12, 2010
An interesting concept and some truly eerie images and scenes but parts of it were just bordering on the ridiculous when I don't think that was the intent. Really too bad because I was quite into it for the first little while but it just completely fell apart.
March 21, 2010
more like the viewer goes mad trying to make sense or enjoy this movie. Cheap shocks and an incoherent script, at least you have Shu Qi to look at.
July 10, 2007
Not that bad. But very inferior to the original. Beautiful ending.
May 30, 2007
The female lead actresses in this movie may be frightened most of the time, but those Asian women are just so damn gorgeous.
Since I was reading subtitles during most parts, I barely noticed the acting during dialogue, but damn I love Asians (all kinds).
May 2, 2007
With a more interesting premise than the first but not nearly as creepy, it is commendable that this sequel is not a retread of its predecessor but quite original in its own right.
There is an elevator sequence in this one as well, one of many inside-references to its predecessor, and while it is not nearly as creepy as the one in The Eye, it gets kudos for both for the reference and for not carbon copying it.
The ending is, all things considered. very moving.
Worth seeing for horror fans.
July 27, 2006
I have no idea why this is called The Eye 2, I saw the first one and it has nothing to do with this one. Probably would have enjoyed it more had I not seen the first one first. I do however highly recommend the first one.
January 8, 2012
Good things about this one are the always gorgeous Shu Qi and the stylish visuals by the Pang Brothers, but as far as the plot goes there's nothing all that interesting happening here, just more lurking ghosts and a scared lead wondering what the hell is happening.
I also find it amusing that we completely abandon the original plot conceit that one gains the ability to see ghosts from an eye surgery, as this time a suicide attempt brings Shu Qi close to death and she starts seeing spirits. This contrivance will only get stretched further in the next sequel.
January 22, 2011
Wasn't a fan of the first on, actually not much of a fan of Japanese horror at all, but I really did like this. The acting was pretty good and I really like how reincarnation was used to help develop the story involved. A couple of jumps, but it was more mood than horror. Worth giving a chance too, I almost didn't because I didn't care for the first one.
October 26, 2010
This movie was terrible!! For starters i HATE readying subtitles...esp when there's a lot to read cause it's distracting from the movie. The acting was terrible and i couldn't understand what the hell was going on for most of the damn movie! The first eye was better and i hate when they make a "2nd" that has NOTHING to do with the 1st!!! I kinda wish i hadn't wasted my time but hey guess that's what happens when you can't sleep at night! lol!
April 19, 2009
What the hell happened to this movie? I know mean in it, I mean to it. Did someone really think up this idea and think of making it a ?horror? movie? It seems to have wanted to be more than a classic ghost story and mix in the J/K-horror type things. Maybe it?s because they wanted to call it The Eye 2 ? which was not needed. Or maybe it was for people to watch it.
Aside from one of the more disturbing jumper scenes, there wasn?t much to this movie. Actually, nothing at all unless you are a Qi Shu fan and want to justify that she can act ? a little, not much.
November 14, 2008
Great movie. Even though it was Japanese it was awesome. Japanese horror movies are always good. This story was better than an eye transplant thingy. In this they would try to get into your womb and they'll be reincarnated by using the baby.
July 5, 2008
this was well made. Shu Qui was outstanding as the lead role, she really acted like a concerned pregnant woman (it's weird but she looks like and reminds me of my Viet friend). The ghost was eerie, the way it floats like its swimming in water.
May 22, 2008
9/10 I went into this with a bad vibe. this was a sequel to "The Eye" , but it wasnt really a sequel. It didnt have the same characters, or storyline. The trailer looked REALLY bad. Pluss I really liked "The Eye" and want really in the mood to see them mess the series up. I was surprised to see not only did they not mess it up, they fixed most of the problems I had with the first one. Now the first one wasnt a bad film, actually really liked it, but it was missing "something". This one however had the extra "oomph" the other one lacked. As I said earlier, Its not a direct sequel. Instead it is based on a asian belief system for life/death that really fits wel with the original's feel (and in a really creepy way). It doent spell out what is going on in the film and does a good job keeping you guessing till the end. Its kinda one of those you might want to see twice. Once to see the film,and try to figure out what the &^%* is going on before they spell it out for you. The second time when you know whats going on and can see the fim in the right context. Definitaly a good film with the same spirit of the original, but with the "creepyness " the first one lacked.
August 4, 2007
Not sure how it measures up to the original, as I haven't seen it, but this was certainly an interesting Asian horror pick. Has pleasing elements of mystery and emotion along with some pretty sweet horror scenes.
July 7, 2007
Not as good as the original movie but at least it was kind of creepy. The woman in the film was really annoying too. Worth watching but not great.
June 18, 2007
I loved the first one, this one not so much. Nothing creepy or scary here, tons of holes in the story and all together dull. Skip it and see the first one.
March 18, 2007
Creepy, and disturbing in a nutshell. I brought the concept up to a peer and they asked me if I was on crack..., and I'm not. I loved the concept, it was a complex movie, I thought, I didn't get it until the second or third time watching it through but, then, I just loved it.
March 9, 2007
Wow! this is a seriously messed up movie about ghosts, reincarnation and babies.
Umm, yeah the lead character discovers she's pregnant after a suicide attempt, and discovers that she can see ghosts, and that they're stalking pregnant women, waiting to be reincarnated in their babies by crawling back into the womb. Which may I say is a seriously disturbing image I may never fully recover from.
January 16, 2007
I liked it more than the first one. I just don't think it should have been a sequel to The Eye. It really didn't have anything to do with the premise of the first one. Other than being able to see ghosts.
October 27, 2006
This sequal is strange. With the dead things trying to crawl all up in ya. Worth a look if you liked the first one.
October 11, 2006
I don't know if I saw the Eye 1 or Eye 2, but whichever the movie, it scared the bejeezus out of me.