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The Child's Eye

Directed by the Pang brothers, "The Child`s Eyes" in 3D is touted as the Asia`s first digital 3D horror film! Stranded in Thailand by the political uprising and airport closure in November 2008, Rainie and her friends were unable to return home. Unwillingly, they stayed in an aged and shabby hotel. From the moment they checked into the hotel, they came across three odd children and a puppy. Soon, strange supernatural encounters begin to occur.

Language: Mandarin
Subtitle: NA
Classification: PG
Release Date: 14 Oct 2010
Genre: Horror
Running Time: 1 Hour 37 Minutes
Distributor: CATHAY-KERIS FILMS
Cast: Rainie Yang, Shawn Yue, KaTung Lam, Elanne Kwong
Director: Danny Pang, Oxide Pang
Format: NA

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Writer: Jacqueline Rowena

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Watch this if you liked: “The Eye”, “Ju On”, “Shutter”

As cinemas are enjoying a string of 3D movies - moviegoers can now get shaken up, up-close with the much-loved long haired bleached skin ghosts in what is touted as Asia's first 3D horror movie, "The Child's Eye".

What was supposed to be a romantic getaway for Rainie and her friends, turned dark and haunting when they had to extend their stay in Thailand during the country's political uprising that caused the airport's closure. Out of desperation, they resorted to share rooms in a dodgy hotel in the middle of the chaos. Their encounter with three peculiar kids, and their dog led to one strange discovery after another...

It's tough to go through the show without being distracted at the graphics made suited for the 3D effects. One scene for example is when a hand eerily stretches out towards the audiences, where instead of making viewers cringe, this reviewer thought it was rather comical - obvious that it was animated.

Rigid-like characters are common to horror movies alike where most of the time all there is to do is pant heavily and frustrate at the current situation. And scream. Understandably, this was no exception. Rainie monotonously braved her way through to find out what happened to the mysterious disappearance of her friends - all this with the help of a ghost seeing dog.

There was something amiss plot-wise, no clarity on why they were in Thailand in the first place, almost disjointed with the reason and occurrences happening in the hotel. Thankfully, there were some scream worthy scenes, especially during the recognisable Pang Brothers' moment where the ghost would stare at the audience for a good 3 seconds then run towards Rainie aggressively. Remember the learning calligraphy scene in "The Eye"? - worthy enough for the reviewer to be closed eyed with a popcorn box for a good 20 minutes, especially with the 3D effect as it felt as if the ghost was staring at about 5cm away!

This writer believes in giving 3D a go. However, for those who don't appreciate unnaturalness in horror movies, 2D would appeal more because the graphics can sometimes get comical.

Cinema Online, 14 October 2010
   
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Classification
Effective 15 July 2011
G - Suitable for all ages
PG - Suitable for all ages, but parents should provide guidance to their young
PG13 - Suitable for persons aged 13 and above, but parental guidance is advised for children below 13
NC16 - Suitable for persons aged 16 years and above
M18 - Suitable for persons aged 18 years and above
R21 - Restricted to persons aged 21 and above only
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