Director – Chao-Bin Su
Cast – Chen Chang, Yosuke Eguchi, Chun-Ning Chang, Bo-lin Chang, Barbie Hsu, Kar Yam Lam
Release Year – 2006
Reviewed by John of the Dead
Heres a film that once I read what the plot was about, I HAD to see this movie. This flick is about a crippled scientist named Hashimoto who uses his invention called a “Menger Sponge” to capture the energy of a ghost child in an old building. He soon hires an amazing detective to locate why the energy of the ghost boy does not dissipate, which leads him down a dangerous, crazy path to find the truth.
I really liked the story of this film, the fact that they caught a ghost and had it contained in an old house really grabbed my attention. Right from the beginning I was hooked as we see some pretty creepy and interesting scenes involving the discovery of the ghost child, and why you should never look this child in the eye(you guess it…bad stuff happens). This movie had a few creepy scenes, which I enjoyed, and the story involving the detective(Tung) and his dying mother is quite beautiful. The CGI in this film was not bad, it is about as good as the CGI from the American remake of “The Grudge”, and these ghosts look quite similar to those in that film. The ending of this film was great, I really enjoyed it and believe it made up for most of the lagging towards the middle of the film. If I divulge any more info, I may spoil this film for you!
What really disappointed me in this film was how the story went away from being a creepy ghost flick, and more into a supernatural mystery. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy supernatural mysteries, but this film started off so great as a ghost flick that if they kept it going in that direction I’m sure it would have been a much better flick. You may find yourself becoming more and more confused as the film goes along(typical in asian horror) so be prepared to rewind some scenes to get what is going on.
Overall, check this out if you are into the supernatural mystery genre, although I’m sure this film could have been developed much better. Also if you scare easily at the J-Horror “pale ghost with long dark hair” then you should enjoy this one.