The Pangs ratchet up the tension from the first frame with edgy editing, dreamlike effects, drifting focus, crashing sounds and creepy music, just so we're in no doubt that this is a horror film. And it is quite scary in places, especially when we fully understand what we're seeing! At the root of it all, though, is a very simple film without much real grisliness, a lot of suggestion and a rather cute and silly love story underneath it all. There's an overall cheesiness to the film that keeps it from ever becoming truly gothic and horrible. Some of it is truly frightening, parts are fascinatingly realistic and other sequences are goofy and rather sweet. But the overall visual imagery is terrifically effective, unsettling and eerie, yet darkly beautiful at the same time. I'm still waiting for the Pangs to get a Hollywood film to work on; I doubt it'll be long.
dir Pang Brothers|
scr Jojo Hui, Pang Brothers
with Lee Sin-Jie, Lawrence Chow, So Yut Lai, Candy Lo, Ko Yin Ping, Edmond Chen, Ben Yuen, Winson Yip, Chutcha Rujihanon, Pierre Png, Wang Sue Yuen
release UK 27.Sep.02; US 13.Jun.03
I see dead people. Wah and Mun (Lee and Chow) try to comfort each other on the train, while a ghost watches over her shoulder....
|"WOW! Check out this movie!" --Doubting Tomas, London 26.Sep.02|