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Re-Cycle (2006)

Angelica Lee , Pou-Soi Cheang , Danny Pang , Oxide Pang Chun  |  R |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Angelica Lee, Pou-Soi Cheang, Ekin Cheng, Lawrence Chou, Viraiwon Jauwseng
  • Directors: Danny Pang, Oxide Pang Chun
  • Writers: Danny Pang, Oxide Pang Chun, Cub Chin, Sam Lung, Thomas Pang
  • Producers: Danny Pang, Alvin Lam, Chiu Suet Ying, Daniel Lam
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Cantonese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 23, 2008
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001BEK87Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #218,919 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Re-Cycle" on IMDb

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When a bestselling novelist decides to write a horror novel, she opens up the door to a terrifying realm of the supernatural guided by one of her book's phantasmagorical creations now come to life. Trapped in a land consumed by everything forgotten and hidden, including the dead, she must now confront a secret from her past to return home. Filled with spectacular visual effects and spine-tingling twists, this chilling descent into the supernatural from the creators and star of The Eye is the next groundbreaking step in visionary filmmaking.

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57 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Where the lost things go August 29, 2008
Format:Blu-ray
Imagine a dimension where all things that have been discarded and abandoned go -- broken toys, unwanted babies, the forgotten elderly, even fictional characters who never made the cut.

After a run of relatively disappointing movies, Danny and Oxide Pang return with a vengeance in "Re-Cycle," a hauntingly vivid journey that sends Angelica Lee into such a world. This is not your typical Asian horror movie with ripoffs of "The Ring" -- this is a dark fantasy journey into a ghastly, bittersweet otherworld full of secrets and lost things, like a Lewis Carroll horror story.

Ting-Yin (Lee) is a bestselling author riding high with her "My Love" trilogy, which is being adapted into a movie. Her next book, a horror novel named "Re-Cycle," is announced as well.

All seems perfect, save for an ex-boyfriend (Lawrence Chou) who has just divorced his wife and wants back. And when Ting-Yin starts writing "Re-Cycle," she starts glimpsing a strange long-haired woman in her apartment -- and ends up inadvertently wandering into a desolate, ruined city full of zombies, stairs, creaking carnivals and masked children. It's a dimension of the discarded, and it stretches through nightmarish forests, cities, fields and decaying bridges filled with witchlight.

When she's attacked by ghouls, Ting-Yin is rescued by a little girl who offers to help her get back home. After consulting with an old man in a vast library, Ting-Yin is told that she must find the Transit that leads back to her world.
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34 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I'm Glad I own it inspite of its flaws December 9, 2008
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
THE PROS....
This film starts out with some of the best chill/thrill/ photography that I have seen in a long time. It also works off the stark beauty of the lead actress whose subtle emotional displays are frequently seen in close up. Blu-ray is usually showcased with nature scenes, but its ability to capture the human face is what most interests me. The special effects here are also beautiful and run seamlessly along side of a variety of camera and editing techniques. It is a feast of the small stuff done well, like chopping a few seconds of film out of an action sequence to create a feeling of dimensional shift and unreality. Each scene is artistically framed for maximum effect. Especially in the begining of the film, the edits literally keeping you jumping. Elements of traditional Asian masks are blended with simple make up techniques to keep the film from becoming bogged down with too much flashy CGI. Often I find that CGI films have one or two scenes that everyone talks about and once you've seen them the funs over. This film uses a variety of subtle color shifts, camera movements and sets to approach each scene with a fresh cinematic voice. Speaking of voice, you really don't have to worry about the film being in Cantonese. Once the films gets going there is minimal dialog.

THE CONS....
I was so visually engaged by the film that I did not began to worry about the plot until the last 15 or 20 minutes. Even after the social issue theme intruded on what had been a very good visual ride, the film managed to shift gears again at the very end and give me something to mull over as the credits rolled. But that last 15 could have been so much better. If I could edit this film I would take out a jarring, sugary sweet montage sequence near the end.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular Visuals, but..... August 26, 2009
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Ting Yin is writing a new book about the supernatural called RECYCLE. As she begins writing, the world of RECYCLE starts to come alive, and as she journeys from the real world into this decaying reality where what we abandon goes, she sees many incredible and disturbing sights.

It's ambitious, but it just doesn't work. This film can't seem to decide whether to scare or amaze, and though it does the latter very well in several scenes (the alleyway filled with amusement park rides was breathtaking) it doesn't save it from embarrassments like the cave of abandoned fetuses, or the cheap looking zombie hoards... cringeworthy! And even when the visuals are high quality and evocative, the synthesized score overpowers any quiet eeriness they're trying to convey and makes the action seem cheesy and comic.

If this film had been shorter, had less (or just NO) dialogue, and a better score, it would've made a nice art movie.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Re-cycle is a relatively new tour de force by Pang brothers and probably one of their last movies made in Hong Kong. After Re-cycle Oxide Pang shot Diary - a curious little psychological thriller and then both he and his brother Danny moved to Hollywood. Hope they'll succeed there because after all these years of making really nice movies it'll be a shame if they blow their chance there.

To tell the truth Re-cycle is a film like no other I've seen. I wouldn't be able to find a similar one neither in Asian cinema nor in Western cinema. Maybe if you need some resembling I'd recall What Dreams May Come with Robin Williams and The Cell with Jennifer Lopez although the second one stands pretty far. You won't find a single similar film in the Pangs' filmography. Neither their "Bangkok trilogy" nor their "The Eye trilogy" nor Ab-normal Beauty, nor The Tesseract are close to what they invented here. They invented, some people invested, and finally we got a real piece of art, an outstanding film, a picture which you ought to see even if you're not a big fan of Hong Kong cinema and of Pang brothers in particular. It's like Citizen Kane or The Matrix - you've got to see it to... just to see it. In no way I'm comparing Re-cycle to the above-mentioned two, it's just that this movie is something very rare nowdays, a movie made with sheer devotion, bright imagination and limitless fantasy. It's really like no other. You may not like the story-line or CGI (they're great though) or acting, but anyway if you want to see something fresh - try this one.

It's useless to retell the story, I'd just say a few words that pretty much say it all - a young writer (played by beautiful Angelica Lee from Koma and The Eye) finds herself in her imaginary world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Fantasy!
At first I thought this would be mostly another Asian ghost story, but it turned into a delightful and touching Alice In Wonderland type experience. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Binky Chottorrhśhia
4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie is you like a surreal horror
Great movie is you like a surreal horror, This movie never quite goes in the direction that you expect, and just when you are certain it cannot get any stranger.....it does.
Published 1 month ago by Timothy M. Mccutcheon
5.0 out of 5 stars a Beautiful tragedy.
The pang bros masterpiece. My fave. And I've seen em all. a Beautiful tragedy.
Published 2 months ago by Galt.John234
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant suprise! Great story!
This movie wasn't at all what I suspected, but a very pleasant suprise. It really made me think about my loved ones and life and how they should be charished and celebrated. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Marlon
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like good sci fi based on being able to think ...
I don't write a lot of reviews, I respond to even less. But this movie has me writing a review and responding to a couple of negative reviews. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Loved it
2.0 out of 5 stars Found movie to be very boring. Was slow and not really all that scary
Found movie to be very boring. Was slow and not really all that scary.
Published 2 months ago by SirLittleJohn
4.0 out of 5 stars Original and great special effects.
An interesting movie. Nice special effects. The story was original and well formulated. The basic concept was formulated around things we abandon throughout our lives that exist... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Leslie Light
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Strange but decent movie, heavy undertones of anti abortion and the need to remember your deceased ancestors.
Published 3 months ago by JohnL
1.0 out of 5 stars YUCK
I HATE ANYTHING ZOMBIE
Published 3 months ago by SILVERTURTLE
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
I couldn't get into it. Something was missing that might have drawn my attention.
Published 3 months ago by Chris Crawford
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