Starring: Chen Chang, Chun-Ning Chang, Bo-lin Chen, Yosuke Eguchi,
Barbie Hsu, Kar Yan Lam, Kevin S. Smith
Directed by: Chao-Bin Su
Story: 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.
Tartan is known for bringing great releases over to the United States.
Thanks to them I've been able to watch great movies like Oldboy, Lady
Vengeance, H6, Natural City, Lady Vengeance, The Booth, Shutter, A Tale
of Two Sisters and so on. It's always a joy to receive a new Tartan movie in
the mail. Lately however I've been a little skeptical with some of their new
releases. I've had to sit down through some unoriginal and boring crap like
Slaughter Night, The Ghost and Carved (quite possibly the worst). After
watching those I kind of lost faith in Tartan, which would be the reason
why I just got to reviewing this movie; Silk. Oh how I regret that decision.
Putting this movie on hold was a huge mistake, because it's one of the
best foreign films I've seen this year. What's most appealing about Silk is
that it's very original. Silk is an excellent blend of science and supernatural.
It's also one of the creepiest movies I've seen this year. Most of all I loved
the story. With that said, I should have given this film a chance sooner.
In the movie we follow a team of scientists led by Hashimoto. Hashimoto
has managed to capture the energy of a ghost child, thanks to their newly
invented device called the Menger Sponge. This device is used to suck in
and capture energy. The team sent out a foreign photographer to this
apartment complex that is said to be haunted where nobody can go up to
the top floor. The photographer checks out one of the main rooms and
stumbles upon the ghost of a child. Later the photographer is found dead,
appearing to have been "scared to death" by the ghost inhabiting the
room. The investigative team then traps the boy in the room using the
same material that's made up of the Menger sponge. The child, isolated in
an empty flat, moves his lips to words no one understands. Hashimoto
enlists the help of special agent Ye Qi-Dong (who is able to read lips) in
order to figure out how this child can shed light on life and what's causing
him to remain among the living.
What makes Silk very unique is its story. I don't think I've ever watched a
movie with a plot similar to this one. Silk does a great job of giving
scientific explanations to the supernatural. In Silk we learn that the ghosts
are a form of energy and that they can only live on earth for a short
amount of time. The spirit energy can be captured by using this floating
shape shifting cube called the Menger sponge. The characters we follow in
the movie closely examine the ghost of a young boy. They try to figure out
who is he and how he died, so that way they can find out where he's
buried. They think that if they find the burial ground they'll find the answer
as to why the boy is able to remain as a ghost. As the team begins to learn
about the boys past, they discover a horrifying secret. They learn that the
boy may have been angry when he died, which means that not only is he
hostile, but he is only able to kill those that look straight into his eyes.
That's as far as I'll go, I don't want to ruin the entire movie for you. I
didn't even get the chance to explain what the title "Silk" refers to. You'll
just have to watch and see for yourself. Unlike most titles, this one isn't
misleading. Just trust me when I say that the story for Silk is an enjoyable
one. It's full of twists, turns, scares and suspense. It's a fresh and
unpredictable movie that deals greatly with death and loss. When Silk isn't
giving you the chills it's just telling a good story. At times it's dramatic,
other times it's sad. The movie deals a lot with death and carries so much
emotion. The ending is a little depressing, but good for the most part.
Perhaps the only complaint I had about the movie was its usage of terrible
CGI. That's only a minor complaint, the rest is pure genius. If you're dying
to see a fresh ghost story then I highly recommend picking up Silk. I had a
great time watching it, and I'm sure you will too.
Genres: Drama, Horror,
Runtime: 108 minutes
Studio: Tartan Video
Review done by: Nightmare Child
Online since: February 20th, 2006