There is an old horror story about a normal law-abiding citizen getting a transplant from a psychopathic killer. Seems that body part still has the memory of its former owner and wants to take up the killings again.
This premise has been aped in countless movies and TV shows, most notably in Body Parts starring Jeff Fahey (or is it Fah-hay) and that Simpsons episode where Homer has Snake's hair transplanted to his bald head. It is a pretty tired premise; one that has been done so many times all the originality has been drained from it. I’m waiting for the day when Hollywood green lights a picture about a little girl who gets a toe transplant from Charles Manson.
Chinese directors, the Pang brothers, try to breathe some life into the concept with their 2002 feature, The Eye. Unfortunately, it is the first of the so called Asian Extreme pictures that I’ve seen that I’ve found to be rather lackluster.
It isn’t for a lack of trying. The Pang brothers bring an eye of originality to the premise and create an atmosphere that is quite creepy and interesting. At least in the first half.
In this case, the transplanted body parts are eyeballs. A young blind girl, Wong Kar Mun (Angelica Lee) receives an eye transplant and thusly begins seeing dead people, a la The Sixth Sense.
The Brothers Pang introduce this concept by having the dead show up in shadows. Visually, the first half of the film is stunning. We see the world through Mun’s adjusting-to-sight eyes and there are creeping things lurking just about everywhere. In an impossible to explain in words, but absolutely-must-see series of scenes, Mun comes to understand that what she sees with her eyes is beyond the realm of the natural. As a viewer, I was knocked up side the head with the brilliant display of imagery