One has to wonder what the point of this horror
anthology was. It consists of three different episodes that are less frightening
than the leftovers in my refrigerator. They are pleasant enough and have
some nice comic moments but I think the intent was to scare (or at least
it is marketed that way) but the film falls woefully short of that target.
This is Wilson Yips directorial debut, but he has come a long way since
this film with his recent critically acclaimed Bullets over Summer and
Juliet in Love and even his popular cult horror film Bio-Zombie of
a few years ago.
In the first story Veronica Yip is a night nurse
that begins seeing ghosts wandering the hallway. It doesnt seem to bother
her too much though as she goes on reading and eating. One of the patients
is a famous singer/idol who has gone into a coma and the film takes a few
good-natured swipes at that world and their rabid fans. It seems
that his soul has been stolen from his body by the ghost of a fan who killed
herself over him and it is up to Veronica to try and talk the ghost into
letting his spirit go. In the meantime though Veronica takes the
opportunity to ask his spirit if Andy Lau is really gay and whom Aaron
Kwok is dating!
The second episode finds Anita Yuen on a deserted
stretch of road late at night trying to interview a ghost. She is a student
in a psychology class barely able to stay awake most of the time and
she and three friends discover that their school rivals are interviewing
a serial killer for their class project. So they decide to top this
by sending out Anita (looking adorable behind her large rimmed glasses)
to find a legendary ghost and record her. The car breaks down and things
begin getting a little spooky. Its not much but I would still rate it
higher than the Blair Witch Project!
Finally, we get two easy going slacker cops
Jordan Chan and Tsui Kam-kong who are assigned nighttime radar duty.
Nothing much happens until a little old granny goes faster than the speed
limit on foot! That and disappearing in thin air clue the boys into the
possibility that this little old granny may be long dead.
Even though it would be easier to find icebergs
in Arizona than scares in this film, the film does have a few excellent
points. The cast is terrific and they do a good job with their roles. The
acting is uniformly understated and enjoyable to watch. In the first two
episodes Veronica and Anita are practically performing monologues
- and Anita in particular is a standout in that slightly wacky way of hers.
In the third segment, Jordan and Tsui have some excellent chemistry going
-and at times it appears that Jordan is doing all he can to stop from cracking
up in laughter.
My rating for this film: 6.0
Distributor - Ocean Shores
As usual, Ocean Shores does the minimum
it can - no menu, no extras. The transfer is OK - nothing great - probably
the same as on the LD - a little soft - but still watchable.
Subs - burnt on English and Chinese
Subs are difficult to see at times -esp.
in the first episode with the white subs against the white uniforms.