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The Heirloom (2005)

Terri Kwan , Jason Chang , Leste Chen  |  R |  DVD
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Terri Kwan, Jason Chang, Yu-chen Chang, Tender Huang, Yi-Ching Lu
  • Directors: Leste Chen
  • Writers: Dorian Li
  • Producers: Josh Yeh, Michelle Yeh
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Cantonese
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Tartan Video
  • DVD Release Date: April 25, 2006
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B000EDWKZ6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #213,641 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Heirloom" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Commentary by director Leste Chen, the screenwriter and production crew
  • "The Making of The Heirloom" featurette
  • Deleted scenes
  • Trailer

Editorial Reviews

Twenty years ago, an inexplicable mass suicide occurred in the millionare Yang household, where the entire family hanged themselves at the exact same time. Only one member survived. To this day, the case remains unsovled. Now, a distant relative inherits the house and moves in with his fiancee. Mysterious events begin to disturb their lives and force them to confront the evil within. The demented legacy of the Yang family comes full circle and the curse left behind is reborn.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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Having taken in a number of Asian horror films in recent weeks, I have been pleasantly surprised by most. Even those films that were not wholly successful still managed to engage me with original ideas and/or ambitious narratives. I looked forward to "The Heirloom," then, an old fashioned ghost story from Taiwan. After a vivid and macabre opening in which a dozen members of one family hang themselves together (it's an unsettling visual), I prepared myself for a fun ride. However, after the initial setup, Leste Chen's "The Heirloom" settles into a very familiar pattern. It becomes apparent that we are going to be engaged in a thriller in which a house is possessed by evil spirits and those spirits will affect those who come into contact with them--sort of like an Asian "Amityville Horror."

The film, in its opening scenes, establishes that the wealthy Yang family came to prosperity by worshipping the dark arts--specifically calling on the powers of child-ghosts. The Yangs, therefore, are the family in the aforementioned mass suicide by hanging. Dealing with the dark arts isn't always as appealing as it may at first seem! Years later, James (Jason Yang) inherits the old mansion without knowing much of his family's history. He promptly moves in with his fiance Yo (Terri Kwan). Of course, it doesn't take long before strange occurrences begin--noises, visions, etc. Most alarmingly, the house seems to be driving their friends crazy! It is a well-worn question in films of this type, "Why, oh why, don't they just leave?" Yo does ask this question, a little late in the game for my taste, but is dismissed by James--which should be a bit alarming due to all that has transpired to this point.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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Some may think that supernatural stories are played out. We've had plenty here in the states and we're getting much more overseas. What I love about each of these movies is that they're not so repetitive. You get tired of seeing the same thing over and over again, but with these kind of thrillers we always get something different. Sure the ghosts are there but the stories are different and the way the characters are presented is what makes each film stand alone. There are some many movies that I can name which carry the same overall topic but each of those movies you see in the stores are different from each other in one way or another. You don't have to watch these movies for the scares even though it's fun to be scared. You can just sit down and watch it for the story and the relationships between the characters. Heirloom to me is one of those movies. Sure it's a movie about an unknown supernatural force but it's the films story that draws you in. Heirloom isn't really scary and I don't believe it was made to be a scary movie. What makes Heirloom so great and powerful is the plot and the twists that you figure out as you go along.

Heirloom tells the story of a man who inherits an old family house. As he checks the place out he decides to move in and bring his fianc?e along. As they stay in the house the man slowly begins to remember parts from his childhood, bringing back old memories that were forgotten with age. The house has a dark history, in which thirty years prior the entire family attended bizarre rituals an ended up committing suicide all at the same time. Each relative hung on a rope to die. While the man is unaware of his family's history he begins to witness some strange happenings involving the old house.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Zhaibian (The Heirloom) - a Taiwanese film June 6, 2006
By Kwaile
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This isn't a review as such - I just wanted to point out that this is a Taiwan production, and not a film from Thailand, as previously stated.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Likable. June 25, 2007
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The Heirloom (Leste Chen, 2005)

I should probably just put a link to some sort of generic statement about Southeast Asian horror films*, instead of taking half of each review to explain what it is about them that cause so many of us who have discovered them to drool like yes-men trailing Gwen Stefani whenever a new one pops up. I'll keep it as short as possible--they're gorgeously shot, they have real characters, there's some depth to everything, and you never feel like anything's there for the sole purpose of advancing the plot and/or providing gratuitous sex/violence. (No, not even in Ichi the Killer.)

Having said all that, I think I'm getting jaded; my problem with The Heirloom is that it's nothing but those things. Which means, automatically, it's better than all but a handful of horror movies that will come out in America this year, but still, it's as if I've come to expect something more from the area of the world that produced Miike, Tsukamoto, Hino, Fujiwara, Mous, Kurosawa (either one will do), Ozu, Park, the Pang brothers, and so many others. It's a good, solid haunted house movie--offhand, I can't remember the last American haunted house movie this good (need I go all the way back to The Changeling?)--but it's only a good, solid haunted house movie. Which doesn't sound like it should be a letdown. And I'm not sure why it is.

James (Jason Chang) has come back to Taiwan after twenty years in England. It's never really clarified what he does for a living (for some reason I got the feeling he was an investment banker), but it doesn't seem to mind to much, the guy's family recently died. Yes, all of them.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Find something else
Don't waste your time or money. Not scary, not entertaining, not worth my time and money. Scary Movie is scarier.
Published 2 months ago by Mathew F
4.0 out of 5 stars CLASSIC STYLE GHOST TALE
THE HEIRLOOM

This Taiwanese horror film is more like the classic gothic atmosphere style films from the early days of horror. Read more
Published on October 15, 2010 by fmwaalex
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring
While this is based on a great concept, I felt that it took too long to build up suspense and was not really that frightening.
Published on March 26, 2010 by Angel
2.0 out of 5 stars Slow, linear, and boring without suitable atmosphere.
This movie is slow, boring and mostly predictable ghost story. There are not many scares. That's not necessarily a bad thing with most atmospheric horror films, but this one... Read more
Published on June 16, 2009 by Vort3xxX
3.0 out of 5 stars A Haunted House I Wouldn't Want To Inherit
This Chinese horror film, "The Heirloom," which is set in Taiwan, does have its flaws, but I still found the film interesting. Read more
Published on September 30, 2007 by Ernest Jagger
3.0 out of 5 stars LOTS OF STYLE BUT LITTLE SUBSTANCE
The Heirloom is a Korean ghost film that thankfully has nothing to do with other popular Asian horror films. Read more
Published on September 14, 2007 by Tim Janson
4.0 out of 5 stars A creepy old house with a blood tale to tell
If you enjoyed The Legend Of Hell House, you might enjoy this creepy haunted house film. Very well filmed, it will remind you of Suspiria, with the long halls and sweeping camera... Read more
Published on July 18, 2007 by NateMonroe
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring
I expected so much more from this film caught on the Sundance Channel which generally shows some wonderful Asian gems as Ghost Actress. Read more
Published on June 25, 2007 by Sheila Bloom
3.0 out of 5 stars 1/2 stars only
saw it last nite on the sundance channel and all i can say was where was the scary parts?? like another reviewer said it started of slow and stayed there. Read more
Published on March 12, 2007 by Allan Galvez
5.0 out of 5 stars very good movie
it starts kinda slow...but has a few scare moments...but overrall a very good movie
Published on November 27, 2006 by Anthony Richards
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