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The Singaporean Re-cycle poster.
Directed byThe Pang Brothers
Written byThe Pang Brothers
Cub Chin
Sam Lung
Thomas Pang
StarringAngelica Lee
Lawrence Chou
Siu-Ming Lau
Rain Li
Distributed byMatching Motion Pictures
Universe Entertainment
Release date
1 July 2006 (Hong Kong)
6 July 2006 (Singapore)
14 July 2006 (Taiwan)
Running time
108 minutes
CountryHong Kong/Thailand
Budget200 million baht[1]
Box office$2,263,016[2]

Re-cycle (Cantonese: 鬼域 Gwai wik) is a 2006 horror film directed by the Pang Brothers and starring Angelica Lee. The film was the closing film in the Un Certain Regard program at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival.[3] It was also a reunion for Pangs and the actress Lee, who starred in the Pang's 2002 hit, The Eye. It is a Hong Kong/Thai co-production.


Ting-yin, a young novelist, is struggling to come up with a followup to her best-selling trilogy of romance novels. She has not even started on the book yet and her agent has already announced that the next title, The Recycle, will deal with the supernatural.

After drafting her first chapter, she stops and deletes the file from her computer. She then starts seeing strange, unexplainable things and finds that she is experiencing the supernatural events that she described in her novel-to-be.



Ting-yin finds herself in a parallel universe where abandoned things end up, including aborted fetuses, which combined with the portrayal of the main character's personal demons regarding her own aborted child leads some critics to believe the film carries a pro-life message. "That just happens to be one of the topics in the movie. We are not out to say if abortion is right or wrong", Oxide Pang said in one interview.[4]


  1. ^ Cited by film's distributor during a press conference on 15 September 2006 in Bangkok.
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  3. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Re-cycle". Retrieved 14 December 2009.
  4. ^ Tan, Jeanine (6 July 2006), "It's a horror film, not a crusade", Channel NewsAsia.

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