Inner Senses
Hong Kong 2002
Directed by Lo Chi Leung.


A great concept, poorly executed. Leslie Cheung is a psychiatrist who does not believe ghosts exist, and explains them away as a construct of our overactive brains. Karena Lam, on the other hand, is a girl who sees dead people. She is sent to him for therapy. At this point the story is fairly typical -- but what if, just what if, the psyciatrist is actually right? Yes, defying the odds and defying the last 100 years of cinematic convention, INNER SENSES dares to suggest that yes, your ghosts really are imaginary. Bold, thoughtful, and a welcome twist to the old story. But then, when the psyciatrist himself may be haunted, the line between the real and the illusory blurs, and the film loses much of its power. Strong performances by the cast, including Waise Lee as Cheung's fellow psychiatrist and only friend.

Rating: Marginally Recommended (Marginally Recommended)

Posted by Peter Nepstad on June 28, 2004.


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