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The Child's Eye (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) DVD Region 3

Rainie Yang (Actor) | Gordon Lam (Actor) | Jo Koo (Actor) | Elanne Kwong (Actor)
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After breaking technological barriers with the wuxia extravaganza The Storm Warriors, the Pang Brothers outdo themselves once more with The Child's Eye, the first ever Hong Kong film shot completely in digital 3D. This time, the directors bring their groundbreaking horror cinematic style to the 3D format, bringing the terror closer to their audiences than ever before. Taiwanese idol Rainie Yang (Spider Lilies) co-stars with Shawn Yue (Love in a Puff), Elanne Kong (Rebellion), Gordon Lam (Infernal Affairs), and Jo Koo (The Detective) in an old-school horror story about a group of youngsters trapped in a run-down Bangkok hotel filled with terrifying secrets. Despite being a technological breakthrough, The Child's Eye also sees the brothers working in their second home of Bangkok once more, utilizing their unique knowledge of the city and its culture to deliver an original horror experience never seen in Hong Kong cinema before.

Rainie (Rainie Yang) goes to Thailand with five of her friends - including boyfriend Lok (Shawn Yue) and Ling (Elanna Kong) - for an unforgettable vacation. However, political riots in Bangkok cause the airport to shut down, and the six have no choice but to check into a run-down local hotel ran by a mysterious Chinese owner (Gordon Lam). When Lok suddenly goes missing, Rainie and her friends explore the hotel and begin discovering its secrets, including an angry female ghost (Jo Koo) who specializes in abducting men.

DVD Edition comes with the 2D version of the film. It also comes with making of and cast interview.

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Product Title: The Child's Eye (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) 童眼 (DVD) (香港版) 童眼 (DVD) (香港版) 童眼 (DVD) (香港版) The Child's Eye (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Rainie Yang (Actor) | Gordon Lam (Actor) | Jo Koo (Actor) | Elanne Kwong (Actor) | Shawn Yue (Actor) | Rex Ho (Actor) | Jeremy Xu (Actor) | Ciwi Lam (Actor) 楊丞琳 (Actor) | 林家棟 (Actor) | 谷祖琳 (Actor) | 江若琳 (Actor) | 余文樂 (Actor) | 何 浚尉 (Actor) | 徐 正溪 (Actor) | 林司敏 (Actor) 杨丞琳 (Actor) | 林家栋 (Actor) | 谷祖琳 (Actor) | 江若琳 (Actor) | 余文乐 (Actor) | 何 浚尉 (Actor) | 徐 正溪 (Actor) | 林司敏 (Actor) 楊丞琳 (レイニー・ヤン) (Actor) | 林家棟(ラム・カートン) (Actor) | 谷祖琳 (ジョー・コク) (Actor) | 江若琳(エレイン・コン) (Actor) | 余文樂(ショーン・ユー) (Actor) | Rex Ho (Actor) | シュー・ジェンシー (Actor) | Ciwi Lam (Actor) Rainie Yang (Actor) | 임가동 (Actor) | Jo Koo (Actor) | Elanne Kwong (Actor) | 여 문락 (Actor) | Rex Ho (Actor) | Jeremy Xu (Actor) | Ciwi Lam (Actor)
Director: Danny Pang | Oxide Pang | Pang Brothers 彭發 | 彭順 | 彭氏兄弟 彭 发 | 彭 顺 | Pang Brothers 彭發 (ダニー・パン) | 彭順(オキサイド・パン) | 彭氏兄弟 (パン・ブラザーズ) Danny Pang | Oxide Pang | Pang Brothers
Release Date: 2010-12-09
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Place of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: Widescreen
Sound Information: Dolby Digital EX(TM) / THX Surround EX(TM), 6.1, DTS-ES 6.1
Disc Format(s): DVD, DVD-9
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Rating: IIB
Duration: 97 (mins)
Publisher: Universe Digital Entertainment Limited
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1023794532

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* Special Features:
- Trailer
- Making-of
- Interviews with Director & Casts

Director: Pang Brothers

RAINIE and friends take a trip to Thailand, but as they arrive, folks are held up by a political crisis tickled by Thai military, leading to blockades of international airport and the main road to their hotel. Having no choice, the whole group has to stay at a remote motel. Until then... A strange journey is about to start at this bizarre Thai hotel... where they come across some kids who act weirdly and a dog which is able to see ghost! Even worse, RAINIE confronts unexplainable and mysterious matters, and later the girls get into an underworld full of paper offering for the dead. The secret of all the mysteries is actually hidden in that underworld....
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Professional Review of "The Child's Eye (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)"

January 14, 2011

This professional review refers to The Child's Eye (Blu-ray) (2D + 3D) (Hong Kong Version)
As the craze continues to sweep cinemas across the globe, Hong Kong gets its first digital 3D film with The Child's Eye, the latest in the long running horror series which began back in 2002 with The Eye. Appropriately enough, the film sees the return of original directors the Pang Brothers, who have since become well known for their cutting edge use of visual effects and techniques, as seen recently in their spectacular Storm Warriors. The film has a hip young cast, headlined by Taiwanese idol Rainie Yang (Spider Lilies), continuing to win more respect for her acting career, with support from Elanne Kong (Rebellion), Gordon Lam (Infernal Affairs), and Jo Koo (The Detective), and with Shawn Yue (Love in a Puff) in a guest role.

The film is set back in the Pangs' hometown of Bangkok, where Rainie (Rainie Yang), sulky boyfriend Lok (Shawn Yue) and two other couples find themselves stranded after protestors force the airport to be closed. As the city is gripped by riots and chaos they take refuge in an old, crumbling hotel with a rather suspicious seeming Chinese owner (Gordon Lam). It doesn't take long for weird things to start happening, and soon enough Lok goes missing, followed by the other boys. Helped by a young girl and her apparently ghost-seeing dog, Rainie and her remaining friends set about exploring the hotel, coming up against the vengeful spirit of the owner's dead wife.

Though the Pang Brothers are certainly a logical choice for taking Hong Kong cinema into the potentially treacherous world of 3D, it has to be said that of late their flashy brand of film making has seen them frequently being accused of style over substance. Certainly, this has been a fair accusation with films like Storm Warriors and Recycle which were gorgeous to look at and technically impressive, but lacking in story or character. To an extent the same is true with The Child's Eye with the Pangs still letting things slip in terms of narrative and pacing. The film is an uneven affair, with a plot that never quite hangs together or really grips and some sketchily written characters that despite the best efforts of the cast, in particular the ever likeable Rainie Yang, never really earn much sympathy.

The story itself is nothing new, following the template set down by the other Eye films pretty closely, with trouble in Thailand and ghosts lurking in the background, only visible to the viewer and some of the characters. Around the half hour mark things do pick up once the boys disappear, and after being led to the basement by the young girl and her dog, a chair flies at the screen and they find themselves in some murky otherworldly setting. The film does have a few interesting and original ideas that give it a boost and help to keep things entertaining, most notably the dog theme - in fact, the film might well have been called The Dog's Eye. Not only does the ghost spotting canine playing a leading role (resulting in some unintentional laughs during the many scenes in which the animal appears to be supremely uninterested in the ensuing shenanigans), but a truly bizarre half human, half dog child also getting a lot of screen time. The film is certainly at its best during these weird scenes, and the crossbreed beast is a memorably freaky creation, making for some enjoyable surreal scenes, especially when the Pangs decide to give the proceedings a crazy sentimental streak during its final act, leading up to a strange and unnecessarily inconclusive ending.

Unsurprisingly, the film's visual effects are its main selling point, and on these grounds it does score highly. Despite the 3D gimmick, which obviously loses something away big screen, even for those viewers with 3D televisions, the film is far more grounded and less CGI heavy than Storm Warriors. This is definitely to its benefit, and the film's more surreal moments are all the more effective for being used with some economy. The special effects themselves are imaginative, and though a few instances of CGI fall a little flat, they do result in a good number of creative shocks and a smattering of gruesome moments. The Pangs are undoubtedly amongst the most striking of directors, and the film sees them on good form and is unlikely to disappoint viewers looking for high production values and creepy eye candy.

This was always likely to be the case, and as such The Child's Eye delivers almost entirely as expected. Although a bit weak in certain areas, the film is very much in the Pang Brothers' style, and with or without its 3D gimmick is a solid and indeed welcome entry in the increasingly rare Hong Kong horror genre.

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Customer Review of "The Child's Eye (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)"

Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 4 - 4.7 out of 10 (3)

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January 17, 2011

Seeing in Lower-dimensional Ghost World (A) Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10
Eye up, the Pang Brother’s return to horror, this time with 3D. So far the only cinema 3D films I’ve watched are “Resident Evil: Afterlife” and “Tron: Legacy” and I’m impressed by modern 3D. I’ve watched “Friday the 13th III” in the 80s, but 3D movies have certainly improved with modern technologies. Still, 3D ‘gimmickry’ maintains and a more subtle usage is needed. I liked the added depth of field to the apocolpticly-wrecked buildings in “Afterlife”, but having a plane thrust into my mush? Nah. Also will 3D be the norm? Great for movies, but 3D news broadcasts? Unless you want your favourite news anchor in glorious 3D!

Anyway, “Child’s Eye” is another film hinting the Pang Brother’s admiration for Silent Hill games, as the atmosphere, grim hotel interiors, sound effects brought gamedom’s haunted town to mind. Especially hotel corridor bits and the ominous wash room with repetitive ‘industrial’ washing machine sounds, leading into the ‘alternative’ horror world of the ghost ‘eye’. Story isn’t bad, with Rainie Yang, Shawn Yue (as Lok), Elanne Kwong (as Ling), Ciwi Lam on holiday in Thailand to sort out Rainie/Lok’s love problems. But timing their hols with Thai political riots and airport closure, the gang get trapped in Thailand on their way back to HK. So Rainie and chums are diverted by cab to an emergency stop-off hotel, until things settle down. But do they? Not on your Nelly. Inside the hotel, Rainie and the gang come across a girl with a dog who sees ghosts and a seventh invisible ‘guest’ joining them for lunch on a creepy, moving chair. With riot outbursts outside the hotel the gang investigate, with Rainie and Elanne having their first 3D ghost scares; an eerie hand groping out of the tear gas and an ominous looking floating ‘Ringu’ woman. Afterwards, in the hotel Lok goes missing followed by the girl’s boyfriends Hei and Rex, leaving the three girls in the creepy hotel. But a dark secret (yep, another one) lurks there. The hotel owner/chef, sporting a shifty limp and irritated manner, finds Rainie, Elanne and Ciwi mooching by the hotel attic, and isn’t happy to what they might discover. Soon the 3 girls, with help from the girl and her dog, become submerged into a dark parallel luminous horror dimension, as if transported into the ‘mind’ or ‘eye’ of a ghost’s pain. Cue – grungy corridors, spooky smoke, errie lighting, paranoid camera angles and 3D/CGI effects and a very unusual dog-child! And yes, an angry ghost.
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January 17, 2011

Seeing in Lower-dimensional Ghost World (B) Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10
Asia horrors are either immensely gory or quite spooky with hard not to laugh moments. Now, I really thought the ambience to “Child’s Eye” has satisfying otherworldliness (detachment from reality) with a background plot of manic murder that’s certainly disturbing. The CGI effects are well done with some 3D insects, a child-dog (hmm) and at one point a “Re-Cycle” ‘shamanistic’ paper world full of Alice in Wonderland type madness, to showcase the 3D-ness. But although the child-dog initially spooks, seeing the child (plus diapers) rapidly crawl away into a dark vine filled corridor, as Rainie spooks it, left me needing to thrust an handkerchief into my gob to stop laughing (speeded up film probably didn’t help). But to be fair, there are more ‘scarier’ parts, especially the ‘what’s under the blanket?’ bit, which even disturbed the cast, and I’m convinced the Pang Brothers have their tongues in their cheeks making horror films. “Child’s Eye” also relates to "The Eye/Re-Cycle" films of past Pang Brother’s movies. Raine, Elanne, Rex Ho, Izz Xu and Ciwi Lam all act okay and according to the making of Raine and Elanne became real chums whilst making the film, too. Ciwi puts her heart into her part, convincingly scared, tearful and worried when her boyfriend (Izz Xu) becomes possessed by the ghost. Ka Tung Lam as the sinister lodger and Jo Koo as the ghost were very good.

Extras are a making of and director/actor interviews, also Chinese/English subtitled. I bought this 2D version, as I don’t have a 3D TV (we'll need Virtual Reality tellies next). Trouble is, subtitling could be a pain in 3D. EyeStrain! (I imagine UK surreal comedian Harry Hill having 3D words hitting him on the chin watching a 3D subtitled DVD...LOL!). Another 3D DVD is Korean movie “Natalie” with 2D/3D discs that should work on any screen, but the Blue Ray 3D version of “Child’s Eye” needs 3D hardware. Pang Brothers horror is how they express it, and I enjoyed this film and the ambience and graphic art is impressive. I wrote above before spotting Por’s review, asking why everything might not make sense. This risks a spoiler, but were Silent Hill characters ever ‘alive’ throughout and the reality ‘normal’? Jo Koo’s ghost madness isn’t cohesion (Rainie and chums ‘enter’ the ghost’s ‘eye’ madness). Time, Reality, Emotion, Awareness, Connection is none linier and it’s all ‘lower 4th dimension’ stuff. Maybe the beginning and ‘crash’ at the end were ‘inside’ this madness, too.
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January 9, 2011

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Beautiful Characters with a boring storyline Customer Review Rated Bad 2 - 2 out of 10
I only watched this scary movie because I LOVE RAINIE YANG!!! And they used her nickname in the movie too. What I mean by "beautiful characters" is that they used good people to play the roles, but I say that the storyline is quite confusing because there are many ways this movie could have ended up. This also led me to a lot of the questions down below and they could have done this movie better.

1st thing - the hotel area
Why go to a hotel that only have chinese characters on it and not go back to your beautiful hotel you've stayed in the first place...

2nd thing - the ghost followed the whole group only
This is dumb because why scare the group & RAINIE when the ghost can scare other people who are staying in the same hotel... it makes no sense. When did the ghost followed them? When the children saw them?

3rd thing - the ghost only wants to kill rainie and her friend...
There were some kids that were being "attacked" by the ghost, but she only wants to get Rainie and her friend mainly.... it makes no sense also.

4th thing - Having a child that is half dog and half human
So, how is it possible for the ghost lady to have a child that is half human and half dog when she only mated with her husband who takes care of lots dogs... makes no sense. Did the husband got bitten by their dogs and got infected or something? Or did both the couple got curse and had that half human and dog child?

5th thing - How does Rainie knows the chef (the ghost's husband) of the hotel?
There was one part where she asked why and where did he took her friends... that part didn't make sense because they made it seem like that chef guy knows who she is & her friends and what she is talking about.... she didn't even know the chef guy and then she just talk crap to him out of nowhere.

For this movie, since this is Hong Kong's first film shot in 3D, I think they only wanted to show the 3D effects more than showing how a true scary movie is. This movie was more lame than I thought as it gets to the ending... did the car crash or what... why just show the friend pointing hid finger to the front of the car.... Overall, I say if you want to experience a scary movie in 3D and want to watch this movie because of Rainie Yang or other characters, then get this movie, but if not... just don't get this movie just because it is in 3D or you will waste your money on a lame boring movie.
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