The Tag-Along 2 (红衣小女孩2) Movie Review

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The Tag-Along 2 (红衣小女孩2) Movie Review | by tiffanyyong.com

Recommended Audience: Fans of Rainie Yang 杨丞琳, Hsu Wei-Ning 许玮宁, Francesca Kao 高慧君, River Huang 黄河, Lung Shao-Hua 龙劭华, Wu Nien-Hsuan 吴念轩, Cheng Wei-Hao 程伟豪 and horror movie fans

The Tag-Along 2 (红衣小女孩2)

The Tag-Along 2 (红衣小女孩2) Movie Synopsis

Social worker Li Shu-Fen (Rainie Yang) is often overwhelmed by her heavy workload and neglects her daughter Li Ya-Ting. When she discovers that Ya-Ting has gone missing, she realises there is a past demon hidden at the bottom of her heart.
the tag-along 2 Rainie Yang hsu wei ningShu-Fen tries everything to find Ya-Ting, and encounters many horrifying mysteries. One mother, Lin Mei-Hua (Francesca Kao), keeps her own daughter in a strange room surrounded by walls covered in written spells. Meanwhile, Shen Yi-jun (Hsu Wei-Ning), a pregnant woman who was reported missing several months ago, is found on the mountain.

In order to rescue Ya-Ting, they must return to the mountain where the little girl in red is trapping Ya-Ting. Shu-Fen finally realises the deepest fear comes from love…

The Tag-Along 2 (红衣小女孩2) Viewer Rating: 3.75/5 ****

The Tag-Along 2 (红衣小女孩2) Movie Review:

Tiffany Yong: This is one of the rare times where I’ve actually watched the first film and Peps hasn’t. So he will be providing insights from the point of view of someone who doesn’t have prior knowledge of the Tag-along series. The second film of the Tag-along trilogy is back, just 1.5 year after the first The Tag-along was released. While the first film was based off an original video clip that went viral in Taiwan, the second movie revealed who this little girl in red was and why had she been ‘tagging’ along hikers and kidnapping them back to the woods. the tag-along 2 little red girlPeps Goh: This film is a fun watch, which really isn’t a word I expected to use when describing a horror genre. The plot was constructed really well; from strategically placed fore-shadowing, to the several different narratives which were strung together cleverly that slowly built, and built, and finally leading up to an entertaining pay off.

the tag-along 2 temple sceneTiffany Yong: So what’s fun? Let’s start off with something unique to this film – a practice familiar amongst most Chinese or Taoists- Chinese psychic/medium (乩童). The film introduced the element of religion and god into the horror story. This is fun to me as most typical movies these days will ridicule or hint fraudery when they show rituals, if not, they would merely touch and go. I was surprised by how serious and in-depth the rituals went, making full use of the practices in an attempt to solve and find the missing girl led away into the woods by the tag-along.

the tag-along 2 movie stillPeps Goh: Wu Nien-Hsuan who acted as Lin Jun Kai, performed exceptionally well, demonstrating a refreshing sincerity to his performance, and a convincing flair to his version of a medium to a Tiger God. The use of his body (when possessed by the tiger god) was so well done that I would say it is the highlight of the film. Moreover, he had an interesting identity, the boyfriend of the 15 year old pregnant daughter of Shu Fen. I was groaning inwardly when the film first revealed his identity, as I thought this was just “another story trying to put mediums under the bad light”. But then, as the story unravels, the director went against the social stereotypical mindset of penalising the boy for having underage sex. Instead, Lin Jun Kai was sensible, filial and did everything he could to save his little girlfriend.
The tag-along 2 Francesca KaoTiffany Yong: This movie also addresses a common social issue – single mums. Shu Fen (Rainie Yang) is a mum who doesn’t understand her own child, Shen Yi-jun (Hsu Wei-Ning) is a mum who didn’t manage to have a successful childbirth, while Lin Mei Hua (Francesca Kao) is a weird mother who has been imprisoning her own child for over a year. I didn’t think too much about her performance initially, but it was later on into the story when I realised the little nuances in her actions. I would say her character is the pillar of the story.
The Tag-along 2 Hsu Weining possessedTiffany Yong: As a character brought forward from the first film, Hsu Wei-ning went to the extremes in both her looks and performance. Gone were her gorgeous and confident looks. She’s hysterical and it felt almost uncomfortable looking at the possessed version of her. (is that good or bad? I would say it’s subjective.) The use of CGI was mostly appropriate and well-done. However, some of the immersion was lost towards the climax though, there was a point when it got way overdone (Yes, the tiger god versus the demons). So much so that it almost felt like it was a complete change of genre. And even with the remnants of the suspension of belief spilled over from the essence of this genre, I ended up pulled back into my head wondering about the necessity of all that CG.(As this segment of fantasy-like CGI was present in the first Tag-along movie too, I would take that as the team’s creative decision.)
The Tag-along 2 Rainie Yang daughterPeps Goh: My favorite thing about Tag-Along-2 would probably be the way they held their long takes. It did wonders to the pacing and suspense, and in my opinion, helped increase audience’s investment and immersion. The long one-shot sequences were intricately choreographed, and beautifully performed. Some directors use long shots like these as cheap gimmicks, but in this case, I could think of no other way that they could have done it that would have better told the story.
Overall, this piece is easily likeable, and hold’s it’s own through till the end, concluding on a satisfying note.

Do You Know?

Ka Duo Li Amusement ParkMost of the scenes were completed in a set at Shitou Park near Taichung. The mayor of Taichung also sponsored the film TWD$3 million in support of the filming. Besides that, the movie was also filmed in the abandoned Ka Duo Li Amusement Park (卡多里游乐园) and hospital, as well as Taichung Dakeng Hiking trail where the video of the little tag-along (girl in red) was first captured.

For publicity, there was a shoutout for brave souls to watch the premiere of this movie at Dakeng. The production team had already made the payments but it was cancelled last minute due to the protest of the locals staying around that area. They were against it as they do not want negative publicity to their area, which might in turn drive away tourists.

the tag-along 2 hsu wei ningHsu Wei Ning shaved her eyebrows for the show, and was even requested by the director to lose 20kg. The 167cm tall actress ate only a meal a day and drop her weight from 48kg to 48kg.

the tag-along 2 Wu Nien-HsuanWu Nien-Hsuan acted as a psychic possessed by the tiger god in a temple. The director revealed that he was chosen amongst hundreds of candidate and was confirmed of the role only after the tiger god agreed (three positive devine lots). As he performed the temple parade as the possessed tiger god, he had to walk on fours throughout the show. Once, he was sent to hospital after the fire crackers injure his eyes.

the tag-along 2 rainie yangRainie Yang revealed that she was asked to turn her skin worse, but she revealed that she still put on mask when she goes home. But on set, she was not allowed to put on make-ip nor lip balm. The director even requested for dark eye-rings. The 33 year old actress felt really uncomfortable when she was called aunty on set by 22 year old actor Wu Nien-Hsuan, who acted as the boyfriend to her 15 year old daughter.

The Tag-along 2 btsTo protect themselves from evil spirits during filming, Hsu Weining uses a TCM herbal sachet bag to bath while Rainie Yang will walk over a burning incense every time she return home. Francesca Kao uses smoked wormwood and incense. In comparison, River Huang who is slightly sensitive to spiritual stuff just kept himself relax on set.

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The Tag-Along 2 (红衣小女孩2) is out in cinemas on 31 August 2017.

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19 Responses to The Tag-Along 2 (红衣小女孩2) Movie Review

  1. thenafranssen says:

    These pictures look really scary!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I don’t know if I could watch it!

  2. Anjali Chawla says:

    To tell you the truth I have tried but couldn’t get over my inability to watch horror movies. If I do, they scare the hell out of me and it’s difficult for me to sleep for days. Though I feel like watching “The Tag-Along 2” after reading your post but I should not 🙂

  3. thewellnesspirit says:

    I love horror! Thanks the review it looks really interesting I’m going to put it on my to see list.

  4. Jessica Barnett says:

    I’m not a huge fan of horror.. but these photos look really intense.. I bet the movie was great!

  5. tararaquelfuller says:

    this looks way creepy. not usually a scary movie fan, i get nightmares for days!!

  6. eclectickristal says:

    I love the graphic for the cover of the movie. I will have to watch this one in the day time it looks so freaky. I do not like scary movies at night.

  7. Chichi says:

    Honestly I am not a fan of horror…. but you sure did justice to the review.

  8. Befitting Style says:

    That first pic scared me lol this is definitely a well thought out post

  9. Tanvi Rastogi (@Tanviidotcom) says:

    I love horror and intriguing cinema so I bet I would enjoy them.

  10. Zoe says:

    Sounds like such an amazing movie! I used to love 杨丞琳 when I was younger and I’m so interested to see this movie. Thanks for sharing xx

  11. Talina says:

    While I’m not a big fan of horror movies, this one does look really good! I’m pretty sure my sister would be interested in it too!

  12. Edith Rodriguez says:

    I’ve never heard of Tag Along. It seems interesting though and intriguing. Can’t believe what some actors go through to fit a role, like shaving their eyebrows and losing weight. I wouldn’t want to shave my eyebrows haha!

  13. quentrica says:

    This looks like a great horror classic!!

  14. Corinne & Kirsty (@corinnekirsty) says:

    I had never heard of this movie before reading your post. Glad to read the movie is enjoyable although I am not a huge fan of this ind of movie

  15. Benita says:

    Have to admit I’m not a big fan of horror movies, I feel it’s enough horror in the world therefore its really hard for me to post about this. I can say that what you have captured and explained would probably be of great interest to those who like these types of movies.

  16. Saidy Flores says:

    This post is absolutely intriguing, i was glued to my screen reading this whole post! Good job hun

  17. Courtney Blacher says:

    This looks like really meaningful movie. I want to watch it. Thank you for this informative and detailed review.

  18. jin says:

    This kinda looks like a freaky movie. Not sure if I’m down with that, but my husband loves a good scary movie. Especially an asian one, lol. Glad it has English subtitles! I will let him know so he can add it to his growing list of scary movies to watch.

  19. leahhhh13 says:

    This is definitely something I’ve never watched before but it does look quite intriguing. I must check it out

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