Jim Law, a young and respected doctor of psychiatry gives
a lecture to students of psychology on the subject of ghosts,
explaining that they are merely the accumulated knowledge
our brains have been receptive to since birth from our parents
and society in general. Our anxieties given form in our mind's
eye. Shortly afterward a colleague sends a young woman, Yan
Cheung, to him, who says she keeps seeing ghosts. Catching
sight of scars on her wrist, he believes she is in a vulnerable
mental state. Although she insists she is telling the truth,
Jim deduces that she is repressing something important. All
the attention is on Yan Cheung, but as their friends and colleagues
soon discover, Jim has worse problems of his own...
the beginning there are instances when you think this Catonese
language film with English subtitles is going to be a poor
copy of The Sixth Sense - particularly when Yan Cheung
hides under a table when a ghost appears.
over-friendly landlord of her rented room has lost his wife
and young son to a landslide and, fully realising they are
dead, waits for them to come home.
when you think the main plot is going to centre on the fact
that Yan Cheung keeps seeing the man's lost ones, it takes
a completely new direction. Jim Law sees the newspapers taped
across every reflective surface and helps her to remember
what has affected her for so many years.
she is "cured" and it's ethically viable for him to see her
privately, it is Jim who begins to have problems. He is physically
attacked by an elderly couple in public, he begins to see
a ghost of his own who follows him all over town (and not
just at night), and he suffers nightly bouts of somnambulism.
there's plenty going on. The reason for Jim's problems are
known well before the end, but then there is the added plot
conflict of how to stop it. The effects are simple but, well...
effective, especially when a mirrored corridor produces dozens
of the same ghost which then crowd in on him. The faces behind
the medicine cabinet are also pretty spooky, because they
are not lingered upon.
acting is solid and convincing; the two main characters come
across especially powerfully. Leslie Cheung, who played Jim
Law, was apparently one of Asia's biggest stars. He committed
suicide shortly after the making of this film. Whatever his
reasons were, Inner Senses exists as a fitting epitaph
to his acting prowess.
is an excellent movie which incorporates horror jolts, good
use of sound in 5.1, a mini mystery, happy and sad (and even
melancholy) moods which tug insistently on your sympathy strings.
Special features are a Trailer and a Behind the
Scenes featurette (only 11 minutes). Don't let this lack
of extras put you off, because Inner Senses will appeal
to mainstream film audiences and horror fans alike.