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The Eye

Phantoms in East Asian ghost tales don't so much menace as bemoan the fate of being trapped between this world and the next. Sadness and paranoia pervade this 2002 Hong Kong chiller by Oxide and Danny Pang, in which a young woman (Lee Sin-je), blind since age two, begins to see apparitions and foretell deaths and disasters after receiving a transplant of corneas, harvested from the body of a suicide. Since her life isn't really jeopardized until the catastrophic climax, the Pang brothers rely heavily on visual razzle-dazzle (courtesy of cinematographer Decha Srimantra) and startling sound effects to work up the scares. In Cantonese, Mandarin, and Thai with subtitles. 98 min.

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