Gwai wik   2006   Thailand, Hong Kong Re-cycle
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Director:Oxide Pang
Studio:Universe Laser (HK)
Writer:Cub Chin, SirLaosson Dara
IMDb Rating:6.0 (2,540 votes)
Awards:3 wins & 1 nomination
Genre:Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Duration:109 min
Languages:Cantonese, Mandarin
IMDb:0498311
Amazon:B000JDOKYU
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Oxide Pang  ...  (Director)
Cub Chin, SirLaosson Dara  ...  (Writer)
 
Angelica Lee  ...  Tsui Ting-Yin
Pou-Soi Cheang  ...  The director of 'My Love'
Ekin Cheng  ...  
Lawrence Chou  ...  Lawrence
Viraiwon Jauwseng  ...  Yuk Ling
Siu-Ming Lau  ...  Old Man
Rain Li  ...  
Zeng Qi Qi  ...  
Jetrin Wattanasin  ...  
Yaqi Zeng  ...  Ting-yu
Payont Permsith  ...  Composer
Decha Srimantra  ...  Cinematographer
Comments: One of the reasons the Pang Brothers' films are so engaging is they have an excellent grasp of sound design and good taste in music. Both this film and Diary (an Oxide solo effort) reached operatic proportions at times. They are not content to hire up a few jingles and play them over and over throughout the film in some sort of branding effort. Each scene has its own soundtrack. Often times the soundtrack seems to lead the scene. I hesitate to call it music video-like because that smacks of demotion, but it is like a music video in the sense that the music is as important as the video.

Re-cycle reminded me of Terry Gilliam's work, but not as desolate or oppressive. It's a beautiful film made edgy by the Pang Brothers tendency to genre hop, mixing in horror as well as melodrama. I think most would agree the Pangs are quite skilled and creative in the visual department but seem to lack a command of the story telling part. I say, "so what". I'm happy to be fully engaged while the film is playing and my only after thoughts be fond memories. I don't always need to have a deep philosophical discussion of what a film was trying to say.

There may be better ruminations on the basic idea of this film, and it's a good one--exploring a place where all that's forgotten or abandoned congregates--(Spider Forest comes to mind), but few will be as engaging as this multimedia masterpiece. I had no idea this film was going to take off into fantasy land. And stay there for the duration of the film. It came as quite the surprise, and kept surprising me.

I really liked Angelica Lee's man-shoes, and ... is there anything more adorable on this planet than an eight year old Chinese girl? Big round of applause for Yaqi Zeng!

Summary: After writing three best-sellers about love story based on her own experiences, the successful writer Tsui Ting-Yin is without inspiration and having difficulties to write her new novel in the horror genre entitled "Re-cycle". While drafting the text, spooky events happen at her apartment and her former boy-friend of eight years ago visits her, after his divorce, proposing Tsui. When Tsui sees a supernatural long-haired character of her book, she follows him and is trapped in his world of terror. But she is saved by the young Ting-yu, who discloses a secret about her to Tsui.


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