Category IIB Not suitable for young persons and children.
An average ghost tale that gets a bit muddled in its overuse of psychology and low budget appearance.
A good performance by Karena Lam helps lift the film.
Yan (Karena Lam) always sees dead people. Jim (Leslie Cheung), her psychologist, thinks it’s all in her mind bought on by loneliness and by unpleasant experiences from past relationships. He devotes all his time curing her. Jim soon falls in love with Yan and she no longer sees ghosts. But then he starts seeing dead people instead. Jim remembers his past when his high school girlfriend, Yu, committed suicide when Jim tried to break up with her 20 years ago. Now, with Yan’s help and love, can Jim face up to the ghost and end the nightmare?
After receiving Karena Lam and Angelica Lee’s wicked film KOMA (along with this of course), I decided to pop this humble ghost story into my all region DVD player first so I could see Karena in her earlier work (like Angelica in THE EYE). Let’s just say Karena is INNER SENSES major saving grace.
Karena Lam proved to me in this film that she is indeed a very capable actress, although her best performance to date is in KOMA of course, and she has a very captivating on screen presence.
Whenever Leslie Cheung and Karena Lam are on screen together, Karena over shadows Leslie.
Perhaps if dear old Leslie Cheung was given a better role or had it altered to suit him more, he would be able to actually give a credible performance in this. Definitely not Leslie’s finest.
Anyway lets focus on the film some more instead of the actors.
It’s not exactly a ground breaking film, and it’s let down by a sloppy script, however, it does have potential.
For those keen-eyed film students, you should be able to easily see what the director was trying to achieve but just couldn’t quite do it, let this be a lesson for you.
In a way you could approach INNER SENSES as a crash coarse in filming and directing.
The director certainly makes mistakes, but he also achieves some tricky film techniques and keeps the viewer amused the whole time.
If you’ve never seen an Asian ghost movie before you might get a kick out of this.
If you’re no stranger to the dark haired slouched over female ghosts of Asian cinema, you may not find this to your liking (not that the ghosts here follow the RING formula).
But this films story does unfold nicely and keeps the viewing intrigued.
By the end of the film you realise that one person was definitely seeing ghosts while the other was only imagining it, which one is up to the viewer to decide.
If you’re a fan of Karena Lam then you will probably find the need to purchase this, or if you’re an Asian film guru you will probably find the need to purchase this if not just to see Karena’s debut.
If you want to see a bit more of Karena (and Angelica Lee) before seeing the major hit KOMA, you really can’t go past this (also see THE EYE for Angelica).
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