Troublesome Night VII
The Troublesome Night series continues unabated
through these dismal box office days in HK. This one as in Troublesome
Night VI only contains one story. Herman Yau who directed all of the
previous films in the series is nowhere to be seen in this one and producer
Nam Yin takes over the reins. I vaguely recall reading something about
a falling out between Yau and Nam Yin. It is a bit of a shame because I
thought Yaus Troublesome Night VI was the best in the series and this
one is definitely lacking the edge and tension of the previous films. It
also oddly enough primarily takes place during the daylight hours perhaps
it should have been the beginning of a new series Troublesome Days!
In fact, this film has no edge at all and by
the end I realized that Nam Yin had really made a love story, not a horror
film. Looking at it from this perspective, the film is actually touching
and sweet but of course people dont generally watch a Troublesome Night
film for this reason. They want a few jolts and chills and the only ones
that this film has are totally manufactured by someone jumping unexpectedly
into the camera frame.
The film does have a large and solid cast Troublesome
Night veterans Louis Koo, Simon Lui, Helena Law Lan and Amanda Lee show
up as does Wayne Lai, Law Koon Lan, Ng Chi Hung, Hui Siu-Hung along with
a number of young actors. I particularly enjoyed Amanda Lees (popular
Cantopop singer) performance as she gets to sing a few lovely numbers.
In the film she actually plays a singer called
Amanda Li and she, her backup singers and a video crew go to a small rural
island to shoot a MTV video. There is some playful interaction between
the crew and the villagers the villagers want to milk them for as much
money as they can and so stick them into a one star hotel with the amenities
of a hole in the ground which in fact the toilet is.
But its not the bare bones conditions that are
bothering them so much as the strange sounds in the night, waking up on
the beach after going to sleep in your bed, seeing a blur going by at supersonic
speed and the death of one of the video crew.
Finally, Helena Law Lan appears and her presence
immediately adds weight to the film. She gathers everyone around her and
tells them the tragic tale of Louis Koo and his love for Chan Chung Ling
twenty years ago. They are now ghosts separated in different dimensions
and unable to find one another. With the assistance of Amanda singing an
old ballad (I believe a Teresa Teng song), Helena attempts to bring the
dead lovers together and bring peace to the island.
My rating for this film: 6.0