- Re-Cycle" is the latest effort from Hong Kong 's dynamic directing duo Danny and Oxide Pang. The film screened at the 2006 Cannes International Film Festival, closing the "Un Certain Regard", marking the growing international recognition of the talented twins. Although "Re-Cycle" sees them sticking with the supernatural, the film is quite difficult to categorise, being less actual horror, and more dark, hallucinogenic karmic fantasy. In this way, it certainly comes as a breath of fresh air in a genre still sadly overcrowded by the increasingly tired looking long haired female ghost.
The film follows Ting-yin (actress Angelica Lee, who previously worked with the Pangs on their classic horror "The Eye"), a popular novelist who decides that her latest book will be a supernatural work. Unfortunately, she finds herself unable to focus, and keeps discarding ideas, crumpling up pages of writing and throwing them in the bin. At the same time, her life is thrown into turmoil both by the reappearance of an old boyfriend and by the fact that she starts to suspect that her apartment is haunted. Bizarrely, when she leaves her building one day she steps out not onto the streets she knows, but into a strange, decaying world populated by threatening ghostly figures. Aided by an old man and a young girl, Ting-yin desperately tries to find 'The Transit', which is apparently her only way out of the surreal nightmare.
"Re-Cycle" is very obviously a Pang brothers' film, shot through with their strong visual style, though thankfully here they have toned down the fast editing and dizzying camera work for which they have become known.
Oxide Pang Chun
Lau Siu Ming