Foreign Horror Friday: Re-Cycle

Welcome back for another installment of Foreign Horror Friday.  Today we will be taking a look at the 2006 Hong Kong/Thai thriller Re-Cycle.  Directed by the Pang Brothers (Bangkok Dangerous, The Eye), Re-Cycle follows the story of Ting-Yin (Angelica Lee), a young author.  During a press release she explains that she will take a break from the romance novels to work on something with a supernatural twist.

She then goes home to write the first chapter of her new novel, but when she starts hearing and seeing things, she struggles with the dark place her mind has gone for her writing process.

Angelica Lee gives a good performance, working well with the Pang Brothers, who she collaborated with on The Eye as well.

The story is interesting, and a pretty unique film.  Audiences can get lost with some of the details if they do not pay close attention, which is necessary due to the sub titles. 

Overall I enjoyed the film, and recommend it to anyone who likes movies that explore concepts of parallel worlds, sanity and a heroine who must confront her personal demons.

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Foreign Horror Friday: Marebito

Title: Marebito
Release: 2004
Director: Takashi Shimizu
Language: Japanese

Masuoka carries his camera with him no matter where he goes. He witnesses an event in the subway that sparks an interest in fear for him, He then finds a passage to an underground labyrinth inhabited by inhuman creatures.

Andrew Migliore and John Strysik say it perfectly in their book ‘Lurker in the Lobby: A Guide to the Cinema of H.P. Lovecraft,’ “Marebito is a very good film that wears its influences proudly, without suffocating in their embrace. It’s neither an adaptation nor an homage, but it swells with inspiration from Lovecraft’s work. It’s unconventional, free from cliché, and redolent with sinister insinuations that never become clear. You know them only by their shadows.”

Marebito is a thought provoking, mysterious psychological film. It plays with themes of fear and sanity. If you’re fine with English subs, or are fluent in Japanese I highly recommend this film.