The Heirloom (3 stars)

(18) 97min (Yume Pictures DVD retail/rental)

In this polished haunted house movie, an architect returns from the UK to take up his inheritance: a huge but dilapidated mansion on the outskirts of Taipei. At first his girlfriend and friends can't get enough of the house, with its high ceilings, large rooms and lengthy corridors, but soon enough they realise something untoward is going on. The 25-year-old director Leste Chen claims Alejandro Amenábar as an influence, and certainly the story alone echoes The Others. The haunted house movie has a long and respectable tradition and this fits it into the specifically Asian context with mild freshness. Minimal extras.

The Heirloom

  • 3 stars
  • 2005
  • Directed by: Leste Chen
  • Cast: Terri Kwan, Jason Chang, Chia-Hui Chang, Tender Huang