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The Tag-Along 2 (2017) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Blu-ray Region A

Rainie Yang (Actor) | Ann Hsu (Actor) | Gao Hui Chun (Actor) | River Huang (Actor)
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In 2015, director Cheng Wei Hao found both critical and commercial success with The Tag-Along, an atmospheric horror drama drawing from the Taiwan urban legend of a little girl in red in the mountains. The unsettling tale continues in the anticipated sequel The Tag-Along 2. Tiffany Hsu returns as the first film's protagonist who went searching for her missing boyfriend, while Rainie Yang (Spider Lilies) and Francesca Kao (The Losers) join the series as troubled mothers who must face their demons.

Overwhelmed by work, social worker Li Shu Fen (Rainie Yang) hasn't spent enough time and care on her 15-year-daughter Ya Ting (Ruby Chan). When Ya Ting goes missing, Shu Fen goes on a desperate search that leads her to strange people and incidents. She encounters a mother (Francesca Kao) who locks her daughter in a room covered with spells and a pregnant woman (Tiffany Hsu) who supposedly disappeared. For the sake of their children, these three mothers enter the red forest.

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Product Title: The Tag-Along 2 (2017) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) 紅衣小女孩2 (2017) (Blu-ray) (香港版) 红衣小女孩2 (2017) (Blu-ray) (香港版) The Tag-Along 2 (2017) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) The Tag-Along 2 (2017) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Rainie Yang (Actor) | Ann Hsu (Actor) | Gao Hui Chun (Actor) | River Huang (Actor) | Long Shao Hua (Actor) | Wu Nien Hsuan (Actor) | Frankie Huang (Actor) | Zhan Wan Ru (Actor) 楊丞琳 (Actor) | 許瑋甯 (Actor) | 高慧君 (Actor) | 黃河 (Actor) | 龍劭華 (Actor) | 吳念軒 (Actor) | 黃 鐙輝 (Actor) | 詹宛儒 (Actor) 杨丞琳 (Actor) | 许玮甯 (Actor) | 高慧君 (Actor) | 黄河 (Actor) | 龙劭华 (Actor) | 吴念轩 (Actor) | 黄 镫辉 (Actor) | 詹宛儒 宛儒 (Actor) 楊丞琳 (レイニー・ヤン) (Actor) | 許瑋甯 (ティファニー・シュー) (Actor) | 高彗君(フランシス・カオ) (Actor) | River Huang (Actor) | Long Shao Hua (Actor) | Wu Nien Hsuan (Actor) | Frankie Huang (Actor) | Zhan Wan Ru (Actor) Rainie Yang (Actor) | Ann Hsu (Actor) | Gao Hui Chun (Actor) | River Huang (Actor) | Long Shao Hua (Actor) | Wu Nien Hsuan (Actor) | Frankie Huang (Actor) | Zhan Wan Ru (Actor)
Director: Cheng Wei Hao 程 偉豪 程 伟豪 チェン・ウェイハオ Cheng Wei Hao
Writer: Jian Shi Geng | Yang Wan Ru 簡士耕 | 楊宛儒 简士耕 | 杨宛儒 Jian Shi Geng | Yang Wan Ru Jian Shi Geng | Yang Wan Ru
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: 2018-02-27
Language: Mandarin
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)
Duration: 108 (mins)
Publisher: Kam & Ronson Enterprises Co Ltd
Package Weight: 100 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1064856068

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Social Worker Li Shu-fen (starring Rainie Yang) is often overwhelmed by her heavy workload and negleets her daughter Li Ya-ting as a result. When she discovers that Ya-thing is gone missing, she realizes there is a past demon hidden at the bottom of her heart.

Shu-fen tries everything to find Ya-ting, and encounters many horrifying mysteries. One mother, Lin mei-hua (starring Francesca Kao) keeps her own daughter in a weird place that all the walls and doors are covered in paper written with spells over a yar. While another pregnant woman, Shen Yi-chun, (starring Hsu Wei Ning), who was reported missing several months ago, was found on the hill.

In order to rescue Ya-ting, they need to return to the mountain where the little girl in red kept Ya-ting. And Shu-fen finally realizes the deepest fear comes out of love…
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Professional Review of "The Tag-Along 2 (2017) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)"

May 31, 2018

Given that The Tag-Along was a major commercial success in 2015, emerging as the biggest Taiwanese horror hit in a decade, it's no surprise that a sequel now arrives, continuing the curse of the 'Little Girl in Red'. Again directed by Cheng Wei-hao, who in between the two also directed the dark mystery thriller Who Killed Cock Robin?, the film keeps its focus on female protagonists, with Tiffany Hsu (Battle of Memories) returning, joined by Rainie Yang (Spider Lilies) and Francesca Kao (The Losers). With a bigger budget and an expanded, more ambitious storyline, the sequel out-performed the original at the box office, pulling in more than NT$100 million during its domestic release.

The film opens with Rainie Yang as social worker Li Shu-fen, investigating the case of a deranged woman called Mei-hua (Francesca Kao), who has been accused of abusing her young daughter, keeping her locked up, everything in their flat covered with exorcism spells and religious symbols. Shu-fen runs into domestic problems of her own when her fifteen-year-old daughter Ya-ting (Ruby Chan) falls pregnant and runs away from home, refusing to get an abortion and heading to the mountains, seemingly under the influence of the Little Girl in Red. Aided by Ya-ting's boyfriend Chun-kai (television star Wu Nien-hsuan), who happens to be a shaman and skilled at channelling the spirit of the Tiger Lord, Shu-fen searches for her daughter in the wilderness, though instead comes across Yi-chun (Tiffany Hsu), the protagonist of the original film, in an abandoned hospital, pregnant and in a terrible state. With the fates of their children at stake, Shu-fen, Yi-chun and Mei-hua join forces to confront the Little Girl in Red, risking their lives and souls in the process.

The Tag-Along was a well-put together though essentially derivative horror, falling back on the usual jump scares, creepy kids and curses, and it's fair to say that with the sequel the apple hasn’t fallen far from the tree. The two films are basically very similar, Cheng Wei-hao going for the same approach with The Tag-Along 2, and sticking to what made the original such a domestic success, throwing in plenty of clichéd, though energetic and entertaining frights, and despite its lack of creativity, the sequel offers a decent amount of spooky fun. Cheng has grown somewhat as a director since his debut, and the film benefits from some solid, atmospheric visuals, the scenes in the mountain forests having an enjoyably creepy and other-worldly air. Though the CGI special effects work isn't great, the film benefits from going fully supernatural for its action-packed, if faintly ridiculous finale.

Where The Tag-Along 2 shows more ambition is through its narrative, which is considerably more complex and emotionally-layered than that of the original, taking the tales and experiences of its three female protagonists and interweaving them. Cheng does this reasonably successfully, and while things do get a touch convoluted in places, the film at least makes more effort than many other horrors of its type to have something to say, and its moments of melodrama are just about warranted. This having been said, the film's take on motherhood might prove jarring and chauvinistic for viewers who dive a little deeper, its characters being punished for not adhering to old-fashioned ideas of the role of women and the script feeling decidedly judgemental. This is perhaps linked to the film being rooted in old Taiwanese folklore and beliefs, though it's a shame that Cheng doesn't explore its religious aspects more substantially instead of using them mainly as gimmicks and to wrap its plot around.

Of course, The Tag-Along 2 is first and foremost a horror film rather than a piece of social commentary, and on these terms, it's an above average effort, and several notches above the kind of cash-grab sequel that might have been expected. Though there's nothing new here, as with the original, it's a perfectly respectable chiller, with enough energy and ghostly action to distract from its familiarity.

by James Mudge - EasternKicks.com

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