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Liu Kai Chi | Samuel Pang (Actor) | Wong Yau Nam (Actor) | Race Wong (Actor)
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Produced by Andrew Lau of Infernal Affairs fame, The Third Eye originally premiered at the 30th Hong Kong International Film Festival, and features a promising young cast, including 2R's Race Wong (Ab-normal Beauty), Wong Yau Nam (Hollywood Hong Kong), Derek Tsang (AV, Isabella), and Joman Chiang (Butterfly). Director Carol Lai (Glass Tears, Floating Landscape) helms this voyeuristic, blood-spattered thriller, about a deadly game of murder at an idyllic motel located in rural Tai O. The Third Eye is only Lai's warm-up for the horror genre, with Naraka 19, her follow-up film starring Twins' Gillian Chung, hitting theaters in September 2007.

Young voyeur Leung (Wong Yau Nam) checks into a rundown rural motel, and quietly installs surveillance equipment. His goal is to broadcast the hopefully seedy goings-on on the Internet, but what he finds are a cast of damaged and potentially dangerous characters who each possess their own secrets. A young writer (Derek Tsang) writes a blood-soaked novel, while Fa (Joman Chiang), the girl he pines for, has a destructive relationship with her invalid father. A barrister (Tony Ho) uses the motel for his weekly affairs, and buys drugs regularly from a seedy dealer (Samuel Pang), who uses his room as a greenhouse. Running the motel is the pretty, emotionally wounded Ka Kei (Race Wong), who suffered her own tragedy years ago when her mother killed herself. Eventually, everyone's sins and secrets are laid bare, not only by Leung's hidden cameras, but by yet another voyeur, whose desires extend beyond pure voyeurism and into multiple murders...

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Product Title: The Third Eye (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) 小心眼 (DVD) (香港版) 小心眼 (DVD) (香港版) 小心眼 (DVD) (香港版) The Third Eye (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Liu Kai Chi | Samuel Pang (Actor) | Wong Yau Nam (Actor) | Race Wong (Actor) | Derek Tsang 廖啟智 | 彭敬慈 (Actor) | 黃又南 (Actor) | 黃 婉佩 (Actor) | 曾國祥 廖启智 | 彭敬慈 (Actor) | 黄又南 (Actor) | 黄 婉佩 (Actor) | 曾国祥 廖啓智(リウ・カイチー) | 彭敬慈 (サミュエル・パン) (Actor) | 黄又南(ウォン・ヤウナム) (Actor) | Race Wong (Actor) | 曾國祥(デレク・ツァン) 요 계지 | Samuel Pang (Actor) | Wong Yau Nam (Actor) | Race Wong (Actor) | Derek Tsang
Director: Carol Lai 黎妙雪 黎妙雪 黎妙雪 (キャロル・ライ) Carol Lai
Producer: Andrew Lau 劉偉強 刘伟强 劉偉強(アンドリュー・ラウ) Andrew Lau
Release Date: 2007-08-29
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Widescreen Anamorphic: Yes
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS Digital Surround
Disc Format(s): DVD-9, DVD
Region Code: All Region What is it?
Duration: 96 (mins)
Publisher: Joy Sales (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1004997897

Product Information

* Screen Format: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
* Sound Mix:
- Cantonese: DTS, Dolby Digital 5.1
- Mandarin: Dolby Digital 5.1
* DVD Type: DVD-9
* Special Features:
1. 製作特輯 Making Of
2. 預告片 Trailers

導演:黎妙雪
Director : Carol Lai
監制:劉偉強
Producer : Andrew Lau

張良是個不務正業的青年,他的秘密嗜好就是喜歡偷拍,還愛將傑作上載網頁。一天,張良從機場跟蹤空姐Amy至大澳。為了進一步捕捉獵物更多的精彩片段,他索性帶齊裝備搬到渡假村屋-美景小築短住。美景小築包租婆是和藹友善的何家琦。除了空姐外,其他住客還包括體弱多病的王伯及女兒亞花、神秘的力哥、專欄作家亞金、以及週末才到此偷情的陳家祥及蘇珊。透過針孔攝錄機,張良窺視到各人的秘密。直至他發現亞花殺了王伯,繼而目睹蘇珊慘遭亞花虐殺,他才醒覺事態嚴重。危在旦夕,張良急忙逃走。他以為偷窺令他洞悉一切,並可救回自己一命。誰不知他從螢幕看到很多只是假象。張良由旁觀者變成當事人也懵然不知…

Zhang Liang is a young man who does not engage into any proper work. His secret hobby is to play with all kinds of high-tech candid technology, especially the candid photographs. He likes to upload the photographs on the Internet. He falls madly in love on a young air-stewardess. One day, Zhang Liang follows the young lady Amy from the airport to Tai O. Liang brings his full equipment all the way to stay in a vacation house. There is a nice landlord whose named He Jiaqi. Besides the landlord and the air-stewardess Amy, there are other tenants such as a weak patient Mr. Wang, and his daughter Ah Hua, a mystic man named Lik, a columnist Mr. Kim, as well as a love affair couple Mr. Cheng Jiaxiang and Susan. Liang then secretly installs the pinhole video cameras in the stewardess's room as well as other tenants. Through the pinhole of the video cameras, Liang peeps all the people's secrets. Until he discovers Ah Hua kills her father and also subsequently witnesses Susan abusively killed by Ah Hua, he then realizes himself being under a serious and dangerous situation. Liang hurriedly runs away from there, but who knows the pictures he sees through the monitor are only illusion. Liang does not notice he will become the lead instead of a bystander…
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Professional Review of "The Third Eye (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)"

September 11, 2007

Premiering at the 30th Hong Kong International Film Festival, but taking over a full year to finally make it to home video, The Third Eye has been all but forgotten in the meantime. One might think that an Andrew Lau-produced, HD Video-shot suspense thriller starring Race Wong and Wong Yau-Nam would at least get some buzz, but so far nada. Honestly, has anyone out there ever said two words about The Third Eye after its fest premiere? If they did, then yay for them, because The Third Eye deserves some attention - though not that much, as it's really little more than a competently shot and conceived slasher/thriller that uses its limited resources well. The film ultimately goes nowhere, but it possesses interesting visuals and some effective performances, and the amount of blood spilled is rare for a Hong Kong film nowadays. We're looking hard for positives over here.

Wong Yau-Nam is Leung, a slacker voyeur who shows up at a rural motel located in Tai O on Lantau Island. He got there by following a comely flight attendant named Amy (Sarika Choy), and once he checks in, he goes about rigging the motel with hidden cameras in order to spy on the hotel inhabitants, as well as broadcast their hopefully sordid exploits on the Internet. Despite his less-than-noble intentions, he gets drawn into the lives of his neighbors, who possess differing secrets and degrees of sin. Writer Gum (Derek Tsang) is working on a disturbingly bloody novel, and it's curiously set in a rural motel with characters quite similar to the people around him. Gum has a thing for Fa (Joman Chiang), a depressed young girl who spends all her time taking care of her invalid father, who gravely talks about how he'd be better off dead. Fa sometimes receives drugs from Lik (Samuel Pang), a dealer who lives in the motel and grows his own inventory in his room. Lik also deals to Zheng (Tony Ho), a barrister who visits once a week to sleep with his longtime mistress, Susan (Farini Cheung).

Running the motel is the pretty Ka Kei (Race Wong), who lost both her parents at a young age and has a boyfriend named Wai (Otto Wong of EO2), who urges her to leave Lantau and emigrate to Australia. Leung strikes up a friendship with Ka Kei, but is warned off by her uncle (Liu Kai-Chi), a local cop whose manner is overprotective and curiously menacing. Regardless, Leung stays on, but things start to go very bad - though at first, they actually seem to be getting better. Fa and Gum start to act on their romantic feelings, and Leung and Ka Kei seem to get closer, too. However, while in a drug-induced stupor, Leung dreams that Fa murders Amy, and Gum always seems to think that someone is watching them - besides Leung, that is. There is another voyeur or maybe even two watching the inhabitants of the motel, and people even start to disappear. The situations and relationships eventually come to a head, and when the answers are spilled, so are copious amounts of blood. Who's watching everyone, and are their reasons for doing so sound or senseless?

The Third Eye sets up its characters and the mystery rather effectively, the highlight being a surreal drug-induced montage midway through the film where everyone trips out on Lik's homegrown goods. There's some interest in simply trying to figure out who's offing who in the motel; the film sets up clues that make the proceedings involving for those who are actually paying attention. The motel, with its green-painted walls and claustrophobic spaces, makes for a fine location, and the actors are okay. Wong Yau-Nam is effective at creating amoral, though interesting protagonists and Race Wong is able to project vulnerability or even danger through minute facial expressions. Liu Kai-Chi is always worth watching, especially when he's allowed to go over the top - which he eventually does. The big reveals in The Third Eye are welcome because they answer all the film's nagging questions, some of which go unanswered from the first minute of the film. When everything gets explained, at least it all makes sense, with some details neatly falling into pre-planned place. Director Carol Lai has a good handle on technique, which she also demonstrates in her later horror effort Naraka 19, and she's good with visuals too. There are a couple of problems with the HD Video image, such as the expected video noise during low-light scenes, but considering the obvious low budget, this is a good effort.

However, when everything finally ends in The Third Eye, a possible response could be: "So?" Audience identification is tough here, as the characters are not terribly sympathetic, and when the big explanation comes down, it's mostly a connect-the-dots exercise, with some new information thrown out that fills in all the gaps. The explanations don't really resonate with the characters, however, and the film fails at connecting their issues to the film's overarching theme. The film's Chinese title translates as "Be careful of the eye," which possesses a double meaning. One, it references the many instances of voyeurism, which occur via binoculars, hidden cameras, or just peepholes. The second meaning is richer, referencing the omnipresent "eye in the sky", who watches over everyone to see if they've been good little boys and girls. That meaning gets mentioned in the film, but it doesn't really add much to what came before, plus it's delivered during a protracted, goes-on-forever ending that goes from interesting to simply interminable. At a certain point, the film slows to a crawl to indicate that there was more thought behind this film than your standard horror exercise. However, it's questionable if the filmmakers truly accomplished all they seem to imply they did. The Third Eye is a decent, but not entirely successful effort, and it doesn't end in a way that convinces of its self-supposed meaning. But for a while, it's better than its reputation - or lack of one - would indicate.

by Kozo - LoveHKFilm.com

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