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Re-cycle

Year: 2006
Production Co: Magic Head Film Production Co
Director: Oxide Pang Chun
Producer: Oxide Pang Chun
Writer: Oxide Pang Chun
Cast: Lee Sinje
I was intrigued by this movie when hearing about the premise - a successful author is drawn into an inner world made up of her imagination, populated and built of ideas she's rejected.

She's embarking on her latest book - a horror story rather than the love stories she's known for - when she starts seeing shadows in her apartment, apparently ghosts. Strange phone calls come through containing nothing but whispers and machinery and when a character from the book appears to her following a visit by her estranged boyfriend that brings up painful memories, she agrees the follow the character into his magical world.

On the surface it's a journey-through-a-strange-land tale, but it's given extra dimension by the fact that you know everything in it is her own invention.

There are some imaginative visuals with good CGI, particularly the set with the endlessly growing piles of books as they fall from above. Though slow and not very clear, the film is arresting and starts out scary, looking like another J horror clone as the strange manifestations appear in the dark apartment, but it turns into more of a Lord of the Rings riff as the heroine enters the secret world.

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