The Tag-Along 2 (NC16)
Starring Rainie Yang, Hsu Wei-Ning
Directed by Cheng Wei-Hao
Rainie Yang plays a social worker whose teenage daughter has gone missing in Dakeng Hills (in Taichung), believed to be abducted by a spectre in the shape of a little girl in red dress.
As the mother digs deeper into the mystery (with some help from a medium), she’s forced to confront the truth about the banshee’s identity as well as her own demons.
Prior knowledge of the Golden Horse Awards-nominated original is helpful but not a prerequisite to enjoying this creepy, heartwrenching even, Taiwanese shriek-fest. But first, you have to get past the laughably dodgy CG rumble in the final act. (***)