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SILK (Taiwan)


Starring: Chang Chen, Karena Lam, Barbie Hsu, Berlin Chen, Yosuke Eguchi
Director: Chao Pin Su
Rating: NC-16 (Some Horror & Disturbing Scenes)
Year Made: 2006


- Trailer
- Featurette
- Director's Ending (Alternative Ending)
- The Making of
- Deleted Scenes
- NG Scenes
- A Day with Ye Qi-Dong (Chang Chen)
- A Day with Hashimoto (Yosuke Eguchi)




Languages: Mandarin & Japanese
Subtitles: Chinese & English
Aspect Ratio: 16x9 Letterbox
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Running Time: 1 hr 48 mins
Region Code: 3
Distributor: InnoForm Media



A team of scientists led by Hashimoto has managed to capture the energy of a ghost child, thanks to their newly invented device called Menger Sponge. The Child, isolated in an empty flat moves his lips to words no one understands. Hashimoto enlists special agent Ye Qi-Dong who is able to read on lips in order to figure out how this child can shed light on life...and especially life after death...


More often than not, when movie distributors decide to market a film as a horror picture, the credibility level rarely entices the self-important audience to give it a chance. Such is the case of most Asian horror movies released recently.

But being fair and just, we religiously go through every review material with the utmost effort to tell you what’s good, and what’s not. Trust us, this Taiwan production is definitely worth your time.

A relatively new director, Su Chao-Bin’s work brings elements of horror, sci-fi, thriller and most importantly, human drama together in a 108-minute movie that has something to please everyone. With a screenplay that is written by Su himself, the film tells the story of a group of scientists who has miraculously confined the energy of a ghost child in a room. And in the spirit (forgive us for the pun) of the greedy human nature, things get out of hand when research and investigations go horribly wrong.

This is what we’d call an original horror plot, with some intelligence and thought process injected into the story. Su was nominated for his screenplay at the 43rd Golden Horse Awards, alongside with a few other nominations for the movie. It eventually took home the trophy for Best Visual Effects.

Incorporating impressive computer graphics and animation, this flick does not turn to cheap scares and grossed-out prosthetics to scare the audience. The atmosphere is nicely built up to gripping effect.

What impressed us the most is the attempt at bringing out human nature with the help of a touching tear-inducing story about the deceased child – it is definitely something different from the typical horror flicks about vengeful spirits.

But alas, the movie also tries to be too ambitious, resulting in a considerably messy conclusion. And we cannot forgive some of the blatantly in-your-face scare tactics that got us laughing instead of freaking us out. The actress we sympathize most with is Wan Fang who plays a dangerous spirit who kills her victims in the scariest ways. The respectable singer appears out of a beef noodle bowl and sprawls on her fours across the streets – these are the most guffaw-worthy moments of the movie. Other than that, the rest of the cast which includes Chang Chen, Yosuke Eguchi, Karena Lam and Barbie Hsu does a decent job of carrying the movie through.

Though not perfect, this production is still intelligent enough for our liking, given its merits which are sorely absent in many other Asian horror flicks.


The chockfull of bonus materials in this DVD makes it a worthy purchase. If only other DVD producers put in some effort to put together features like this, viewers can understand the movie better. And it doesn’t hurt to increase sales figures too.

Trailer – The highlight of this two-odd minute trailer has to be Hsu’s chilling makeup. Although it tells you about the fate of her character, just the look of the white makeup on this popular host-actress-singer is worth the spoiler in the trailer.

The Making Of – The 30-minute feature sheds light on different aspects of the movie. Besides the usual good things said by the main cast and crew, you’d get a clearer picture on the concept of silk in the story. You’ll also know the fates of some of the characters in the movie if you watched this feature first. Particularly interesting are the segments on make-up and special effects. We still cannot get Hsu’s creepy make-up out of our minds.

Featurette – The 12-minute feature highlights some of the more interesting scenes from the actual movie. Yes, we are still haunted by Hsu’s pale make-up in one of the chosen scenes, despite repeated viewing. Shudders.

Director’s Ending – In this alternate ending, we see Eguchi’s character facing the consequences of his sinister intentions. Oh no, even in this 3-minute segment, we Hsu’s hollow eyes stare at us, sending shivers down our spines.

Deleted Scenes – A glimpse at what scenes landed up on the editing floor. These 11 minutes of footage includes one which Eguchi and Hsu attempt to have some hot sex, before something unfortunate happens. And yes, we still cannot escape from Hsu’s eerie make-up in one of the deleted scenes.

NG Scenes – In this three-odd minute segment, we are treated to bad takes that happened on set. Why oh why, are we still frightened by Hsu’s disturbing make-up here? Despite the cute synthesizer music playing in the background, the fact that we saw 9 bad takes still does not do our minds any good.

A Day With Ye Qi-Dong – This is basically a five-minute clip which takes different scenes from the movie and sums it up as one day in Chang’s character’s life. Thankfully, we do not get to see any of Hsu’s pale make-up here.

A Day With Hashimoto – This three-minute clip works the same way as the previous one. And the day ends peacefully because Hsu’s scary make-up does not make its presence felt here either.


The visual transfer is digital clear and enhances your viewing pleasure, especially during scenes where computer effects are used. There is audio option in the film’s original Mandarin and Japanese dialogue in Dolby Digital 2.0 or 5.1.



Review by John Li



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This review is made possible with the kind support from InnoForm


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