Tuesday, 3.23, 8:45pm
An award-winning riff on The Sixth Sense with a distinctly Asian flavor, Inner Senses is intelligent, suspenseful and haunting. This beautifully acted, photographed and directed neo-classical ghost story is also fraught with pain, sadness and loss.
Yan Cheung is an emotionally damaged young woman who believes she sees the spirits of the dead. When she moves into a new apartment, she is visited by the landlord's dead wife and child. Enter psychiatrist Jim Law (Leslie Cheung) who believes that 'ghosts' are merely the imaginary results of cultural imprinting, and he sees Yan as a textbook example of his theory.
When Law (who may not be quite as mentally healthy as he first appears) decides to unravel her extensive psychological damage, the situation gets completely out-of-hand - with terrifying results.
Tragically, Inner Senses marks the final screen appearance of Leslie Cheung, Hong Kong's first openly gay superstar. After writing a note that began "Depressed," he jumped from the 24th floor balcony of a Hong Kong hotel on April 1, 2003. His suicide ended a truly remarkable career, Cheung starred in some of the greatest films of Hong Kong's Golden Age including: John Woo's A Better Tomorrow I and II, Stanley Kwan's Rouge, Ching Siu-Tung's A Chinese Ghost Story, Peter Chan's He's the Woman, She's the Man, Wong Kar-Wai's Days of Being Wild, Ronny Yu's The Bride with White Hair and Chen Kaige's Farewell My Concubine.
- Bruce Fletcher