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Re-Cycle

3.6 out of 5 stars 128 customer reviews

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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 fictional land, she must now confront a secret from her past before she can return home.

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  • Actors: Angelica Lee, Pou-Soi Cheang, Ekin Cheng, Lawrence Chou, Viraiwon Jauwseng
  • Directors: Danny Pang, Oxide Chun Pang
  • Writers: Danny Pang, Oxide Chun Pang, 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:
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  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 23, 2008
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001BEK87Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,181 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Re-Cycle" on IMDb

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By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 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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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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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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I really liked the overall plot and idea. But I think some of the details and motivations could have been polished a bit more. As I watched the film, I felt like I was being dragged and pushed by the filmmakers more than I was being guided and motivated by the events in the story. The concept and the ending were great, but I think the presentation could have been improved. It's not disappointing as a Pang brothers film, by any measure. I enjoyed the experience and the visual effects were spectacular.
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A beautifully shot and wonderfully acted creation from the Pang Brothers, Re-Cycle more than delivers on the promise. I thought it was much like Mirrormask, in that it featured a tortured psyche being plunged into an alternative reality in order to deal with a personal trauma. Or perhaps Suckerpunch. Angelica Lee as the lead brings cool command as an author embarking on a novel centering on the supernatural. This occurs at the same time as a lover returns after his mariage to another woman. We find out at the end why this is so wrenching for her. The notion that writing about spirits can bring them into existence is also explored. There are real scares and great special effects to keep your eyes glued to the screen, as well. Rarely can you purchase a movie that surpasses the trailer in every way. Unless you're simply a one-dimensional slasher addict, I think any horror fan would respect a film that adds depth to the genre.
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