Tag Along 2, The. Folklore Blends Perfectly With Modern Horror
Tag Along 2, The. Film Details
Original title: Hong yi xiao nu hai 2
Director: Wei-Hao Cheng
Writer: Shih-Keng Chien
Release Date: February 6th, 2018
Release Format: Digital VOD
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Running Time: 1h 48min
A mother goes in search of her missing teenage daughter after her sudden disappearance. She is told that her daughter was last seen in the company of a girl in red, leading the mother to attempt to unravel the mystery behind the girl.
Asian Horror films have a distinguished ability in delivering franchise installments. A basic understanding of the plot and/or essential characters starts with the opening chapter. With The Tag Along 2 viewers will have no difficulties jumping into the storyline. While the intimacy of the first film presents groundwork the sequel stands on its own merits. Am well versed in Asian Horror cinema and its culture but The Tag Along flew under my radar. To best appreciate the story, I watched the first installment before engaging in this film review.
Horror films from Asian markets regurgitate the same supernatural adversary. The image involves a woman or young girl draped in a red dress with cascading black hair. The focus on using a young woman as a haunting antagonist has strong ties with region folklore. Despite the reiteration of this character Asian Horror cinema traverse originality with context and presentation.
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Director Wei-Hao Cheng and Writer Shih-Keng Chien collaborated on the initial film released in 2015. For the sequel, Cheng and Chien team once again to extend their folklore based Horror story. The narrative, at its core, emphasizes the hallmarks of the original film but with a different set of characters.
Originality and creativity are what Cheng and Chien set out to produce with both installments to The Tag Along films. For the sequel, the story carries philosophical interpretation of self-reflection and compassion. These examples scratch the surface on the many interpretations Tag Along 2 provides. For instance, Writer Shih-Keng Chien presents a controversial interpretation on the consequences of abortion.
Supernatural fiction integrates seamlessly with modern themes. The achievement here is the well-cultivated writing. Praise also extends to The Tag Along 2 actors. The cast was marvelous in expressing humor, trepidation, and tension. Although the film is subtitled and am not eloquent in the language spoken in the film, I understood the sentimental composition communicated in each performance.
The merger between practical and CGI appear seamless. It is upsetting to admit that Hollywood can not offer the same level of quality even with all the tool at its disposal. The Tag Along 2 is a prime example of communicating the perfect marriage between hands-on and digital visual effects. These effects increase the standard of horror in this film. I have to admit the antagonistic spirit does not transmit the same ghoulish influence compared to the first film. This evil spirit has a formidable presence. Expect to see another addition to this high caliber supernatural Horror film.
The Tag Along delivers on a solid narrative structure and haunting cinematography. This is how a supernatural tale should be transferred to audiences. Although the antagonist is the ideal ghostly figure, it draws heavily on the macabre element that it feels authentic.