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The Tag-Along (2015) (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) Blu-ray Region A

Ann Hsu (Actor) | River Huang (Actor) | Zhang Bo Zhou (Actor) | Cheng Wei Hao (Director)
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First-time director Cheng Wei Hao scored a major hit with the atmospheric horror film The Tag-Along. The film draws its inspiration from an unsettling 1998 incident involving a mysterious little girl dressed in red who was caught on video following a group of hikers in the mountains. Called mosien, these creeping spirits are forest-dwelling ghosts that take the form of small children or monkeys, and prey upon a person's hidden guilt and fears. The highest-grossing Taiwan horror film in over a decade, The Tag-Along offers more than scares. Cheng Wei Hao touches upon themes of love, duty, family and the environment while telling a terrifying and uniquely haunting tale.

Always-busy real estate agent Wei (Huang He) finds his life upended when his grandmother is taken by the demonic mosien and spirited away to the mountains. In investigating her disappearance, Wei discovers that he's left behind broken promises and dreams in his path to adulthood – and his growing fear and guilt impel the mosien to make him their next victim. With Wei taken, his girlfriend Yi Chun (Tiffany Hsu) finds herself next in line. To solve the riddle of the mosien and save Wei from a dark fate, Yi Chun must confront her fears as well as the hidden secrets that threaten to derail her life.

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Product Title: The Tag-Along (2015) (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) 紅衣小女孩 (2015) (Blu-ray) (香港版) 红衣小女孩 (2015) (Blu-ray) (香港版) 紅衣小女孩 (2015) (Blu-ray) (香港版) The Tag-Along (2015) (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Ann Hsu (Actor) | River Huang (Actor) | Zhang Bo Zhou (Actor) 許瑋甯 (Actor) | 黃河 (Actor) | 張柏舟 (Actor) 许玮甯 (Actor) | 黄河 (Actor) | 张柏舟 (Actor) 許瑋甯 (ティファニー・シュー) (Actor) | River Huang (Actor) | Zhang Bo Zhou (Actor) Ann Hsu (Actor) | River Huang (Actor) | Zhang Bo Zhou (Actor)
Director: Cheng Wei Hao 程 偉豪 程 伟豪 チェン・ウェイハオ Cheng Wei Hao
Blu-ray Region Code: A - Americas (North, Central and South except French Guiana), Korea, Japan, South East Asia (including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) What is it?
Release Date: 2016-05-23
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Country of Origin: Taiwan
Picture Format: [HD] High Definition What is it?
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby TrueHD
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray, 25 GB - Single Layer
Screen Resolution: 1080p (1920 x 1080 progressive scan)
Video Codecs: AVC (MPEG-4 Part 10)
Rating: IIB
Duration: 102 (mins)
Publisher: Kam & Ronson Enterprises Co Ltd
Package Weight: 100 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1049932450

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Wei’s grandma suddenly disappears for no reason, but strangely the routines still move on as if she never vanished—the laundry is still done, their house is well-arranged as usual, and even breakfast remains prepared for Wei every morning. Distraught with worry, Wei is totally clueless until he fins an uncanny video in his grandma’s camera, showing that there was a little girl in red lagging along her. Oddly enough, after Wei’s grandma finally returns, it turns out that Wei is missing instead. Struggling to unravel the enigma, Wei’s girlfriend Yi-Chun gradually discovers that the mysteries behind Wei and his grandma’s sudden disappearance may be connected to the urban legend of “The Little Girl in Red”, but what’s even worse is yet to come….
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Professional Review of "The Tag-Along (2015) (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)"

July 4, 2016

The highest-grossing Taiwanese horror film in over a decade arrives in The Tag-Along, which has been screening at a variety of international festivals as well as cleaning up at the domestic box office. Marking the debut of director Cheng Wei Hao, the film was inspired by a sinister 1988 incident in Taiwan revolving around the unexplained sighting of a small girl in a red coat, caught on video by hikers deep in the mountains, believed by some to have been a mosien, forest dwelling spirits that appear as children or monkeys.

Huang He (Meeting Dr Sun) plays Wei, a much put-upon estate agent trying to balance the long hours of his job with caring for his grandmother, while attempting to keep his long-term girlfriend Yi Chun (Tiffany Hsu, Dream Flight) happy. Already troubled by the fact that Yi Chun repeatedly refuses to get married or properly commit to their relationship, Wei's life is thrown into disarray when his grandmother disappears. Driven by guilt he begins to investigate, coming to believe that she, like other elderly people in the area, may have been snatched by an evil mosien spirit from the mountains. Unfortunately Wei ends up being taken himself, leaving it up to Yi Chun to save him while confronting her own fears and dark past.

For many The Tag-Along and its plot will sound familiar, and Cheng Wei Hao certainly draws heavily from a number of classic modern Southeast Asian horror films, the likes of Ring and Dark Water in particular, which it resembles in both look and feel. The red-clad child also recalls Don't Look Now, and as a result the film does, at first glance at least, come across as rather generic, and its mix of jump scares and slow-burn atmosphere don't really bring anything new to the table. Still, Cheng's direction is confident and well-measured for a first-timer, and though most of the frights are lacking in imagination, as well as being let down by some poor CGI effects, there's enough here to make for some solid spooky fun.

Where the film does standout somewhat is through some surprisingly strong character writing, with both Wei and Yi Chun being well-rounded and believable figures, flawed, though basically sympathetic. There's a pleasing psychological depth to the script, playing upon guilt, fear, loss and loneliness, and the relationship between the two, and between Wei and his grandmother, holds the interest, making for some emotional, if depressing moments. This helps distract from the film's lack of originality in other areas, and the narrative shift in focus from Wei to Yi Chun is skilfully handled for maximum impact, her gradual realisation of what he means to her carrying a real punch.

Its adherence to tried and tested genre motifs aside, the film does have some interesting themes, venturing into eco-horror territory in its suggestion that the demonic mosien have been disturbed by humans encroaching on their territory. There's a strong sense of Taiwanese culture to the film, which also helps give it a slightly different flavour, and though the legend of the mosien will likely mean little to viewers not from the island, it works well in the context. Cheng also makes very good use of the local scenery, the forests and mountains being a sinister and ominous setting, and visually the film impresses, managing to generate a fair amount of gloomy and creepy atmosphere as it builds towards a satisfying ending.

Though ultimately too conventional to really excite, The Tag-Along is nevertheless a perfectly acceptable example of the contemporary Southeast Asian ghost film, and a fine debut for Cheng Wei Hao. With few films of its type being produced in Taiwan, it's easy to see why the film found such a large audience at home, and while it might struggle to have the same impact overseas, it should be enjoyed by genre fans, and anyone not yet tired of its brand of chills.

by James Mudge - EasternKicks.com

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October 25, 2016

Everybody has a mosien tagging along
One of the most popular urban legends in Taiwan revolves around a pale little girl dressed in red who was caught on video following a group of hikers on a mountain trail in 1998. The mysterious girl is believed to be the forest-dwelling spirit mosien, which appears as a child or monkey. Director Cheng Wei Hao's feature debut The Tag-Along reinterprets the spooky legend into a unique horror tale about love, family and the environment.

River Huang (The Ghost Tale) stars as property agent Wei who works hard in the hopes of marrying his long-term girlfriend Yi Chun, played by Tiffany Hsu (Design 7 Love). After discovering that his grandmother vanished under mysterious circumstances, Wei starts feeling guilty about his broken promises with her, and soon he too goes missing. Yi Chun comes to realize that their disappearances are related to the demonic mosien. To rescue them, she embarks on a dangerous journey into the mountains while confronting her fears and dark fate.

Having been described as an evil spirit that bewitches the mind, the mosien is depicted in the film as an inner demon that invades the mind of the vulnerable . Following the disappearance of Auntie Shui and his grandmother, Wei becomes the next victim. Haunted by her painful past, Yi Chun also gets attacked but her struggle against the mosien demonstrates that people must bravely face the past or they will be engulfed by their hidden guilt and fears.

As the heroine ventures into the forest to search for Wei and his grandmother, the scary film unexpectedly touches upon environmental issues. Created based on the "tree spirits" from the classic text Classic of Mountains and Seas, the mosien takes revenge on those who heavily log forests. However, the film doesn't further elaborate on the theme.

Different from typical horror films that only aim to scare audiences, The Tag-Along also talks about family and love. The love between Wei and Yi Chun isn't built on words; rather, it is shown by their self-sacrificial spirits. Moreover, after his grandmother goes missing, Wei realizes how much he cares about her for the first time.

Breaking the convention of horror movies, The Tag-Along is a meaningful ghost tale that guides people to overcome unfortunate fates while looking forward to the future. Though the aura of mystique is drastically weakened after the mosien shows up, the haunting atmosphere is vividly created through the claustrophobic setting of dimly lit rooms without using creepy sound effects. Apart from the exciting plot, the stunning performance by Tiffany Hsu, who impeccably expresses Yi Chun's fear, confusion and inner struggle, is a notable highlight of the film.

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