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Year of release: 2002

Company: Milkyway

Genre: horror/comedy/romance

Running time: 98 min.

Director: Johnnie To, Wa Kai-Fai

Script: Wa Kai-Fai, Yau Nai Hoi, Au Kin Yee

Producer: Johnnie To, Wa Kai-Fai

Cinematographer: Cheng Siu Keung

Editor: Law Wing Cheong, Law Chi Wai

Music: Cacine Wong

Stars: Sammi Cheng, Lau Ching-Wan, Simon Yam, Lam Suet, Kelly Lin, Lee Shan-Shan, Cherrie In

Rated IIA for mild violence and crude humor

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My Left Eye Sees Ghosts

My Left Eye Sees Ghosts

Sammi Cheng. Image courtesy of Mei Ah.

I will admit that this kind of movie isn't my usual cup of tea. Sammi Cheng is kind of like the Meg Ryan of Hong Kong -- a cute actress best known for her "touching" romantic comedies, something which long-time readers of this site will know isn't exactly my favorite genre. However, things have been pretty slow this year for Hong Kong movies, so I decided to check out My Left Eye Sees Ghosts and it's actually pretty funny, and even a bit touching.

In the movie, Sammi plays a gold-digger who marries a rich man shortly before his death. Inheriting a fortune, she spends her days drinking and shopping until a car accident causes her to see ghosts out of her left eye. She becomes friendly with Lau Ching-Wan (who plays a ghost who was killed as a boy and still acts like one) and turns her life around.

There is nothing particularly original or mind-blowing about My Left Eye Sees Ghosts; in fact, minus the ghostly bits, it would fit in right beside your usual Hollywood romantic comedy. But Lau Ching-Wan and Sammi Cheng make a likeable duo. Even if the viewer most likely knows what's going to happen (exasperated by a predictable finale that drags on a bit long), the performances and solid script help move things along and create an enjoyable time. If you want a break from your usual diet of HK ultra-violence, My Left Eye Sees Ghosts is a good place to start.

My Left Eye Sees Ghosts

Lau Ching-Wan. Image courtesy of Mei Ah.