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RE-CYCLE: DVD

SYNOPSIS:
After writing three best sellers based on her own romantic experiences, novelist Ting-Yin (Lee Sinje) has started work on The Re-Cycle, a book with a supernatural theme. After she deletes the draft of the first chapter, Ting-Yin begins to see strange phenomena that can't be explained. She realises that the supernatural events depicted in her fictional work are unfolding in the real world. Finding it increasingly hard to tell what is real and what is imaginary, Ting-Yin steps into another world... one of pure horror.

Review by Andrew L. Urban:
Re-cycle won the award for Best Visual Effects at the Hong Kong Film awards and had its premiere at Cannes (2007) in the Un Certain Regard section, for films with a unique vision. It certainly has that, and although I am not a fan of The Eye (2004), the Pang twins' previous trip down horror lane, I was keen to see this movie from the talented young filmmakers.

The first thing that strikes you is the beauty and clarity of the images (fabulous transfer to DVD, almost like HD), the brilliantly effective use of music and the artful use of the camera, a combination that whets our appetite and draws us in closer ... and closer, creating mood and tension. Performances are also tops; the little girl, Zeng Qi Qi is especially superb, and the camera loves Lee Sinje.

There are some terrific, inventive elements here (hence the Un Certain Regard invitation), not to mention fabulous visual and digital effects, but - abortion subplot notwithstanding - the story doesn't support these things. It's too weak, too thin to really break the film out of its horror niche audience.

More surreal fantasy than horror (75 - 25), Re-cycle is fascinating to watch but frustrating as a work of drama.

Published November 13, 2008

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RE-CYCLE: DVD (M)
(Thailand/Hong Kong, 2006)

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CAST: Lee Sinje, Lau Siu Ming, Zeng Qi Qi, Lawrence Chou, Rain Li

PRODUCER: Pang Brothers, Alvin Lam

DIRECTOR: Pang Brothers

SCRIPT: Cub Chin, Peng Brothers

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Decha Srimantra

EDITOR: Pang Brothers

MUSIC: Payont Permsith

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Jirayut Pramchumrat

RUNNING TIME: 105 minutes

PRESENTATION: 16:9; DD 5.1

SPECIAL FEATURES: [English subtitles]

DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Beyond HE

DVD RELEASE: August 13, 2008







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