盲女72小時 (1993)
3 Days of a Blind Girl

Reviewed by: ewaffle
Date: 02/02/2009
Summary: Blind to its charms

The archetypal blind woman in peril movie is Terrence Young’s “Wait Until Dark” which starred Audrey Hepburn as the spunky but vulnerable heroine who unknowingly has something that some vicious hoodlums want. She is terrorized by them until she is able to turn the tables. It is a terrific movie.

The reason it worked so well and “3 Days of a Blind Girl” doesn’t is that the audience likes Hepburn’s character but doesn’t care much about the blind woman played by Amy Yip. Mrs. Jack Ng, as played by Yip and directed by Chan Wing-Chiu, doesn’t find her blindness that much of a handicap. She gets around surprisingly well, doesn’t get disoriented when things aren’t where they should be and generally deals with her lack of sight as more annoying than disabling. The big reason for this seems to be that she and her husband think that her vision will return in a few days—she has just returned from abroad where an operation was done on her eyes and the condition is temporary. This might explain why Jack Ng is willing to leave her alone with only the company of a not very reliable housekeeper and a dog, perhaps the worst watchdog in all of film. But it doesn’t tell us how she is able navigate so well.

Anthony Wong is the very badly dressed villain who shows up shortly after the husband leaves. Within a couple of minutes we can figure out everything we need to know about him although the telling takes much longer. Unfortunately for the movie, crazy Sam Chu and blind Mrs. Ng are pretty evenly matched which kills any chance of real suspense or tension developing. If the victim doesn’t turn the tables on her persecutors, putting them at a disadvantage because they now can’t see (it gets dark, for example, the power fails) and taking advantage of being on familiar ground then the whole conceit is wasted. “3 Days of a Blind Girl” finishes things up in the least imaginative and most irritating way imaginable.

Not recommended

Reviewer Score: 3

Reviewed by: mrblue
Date: 11/14/2008

After seeing this film's cover art and knowing that it stars Category III sleaze king Anthony Wong, you might think that 3 Days of a Blind Girl would be your typical over-the-top Hong Kong exploitation flick. But even though there are some bits of T&A thrown into the mix, this is actually a pretty smart and effective suspense/thriller picture.

Veronica Yip stars as Mrs. Ng, who is left temporarily blind after an operation. Her husband (Anthony Chan), in a huge rudo heel move, takes off to Macau for a few days to take part in a doctor's convention, leaving the missus to fend for herself. Soon afterwards, a former patient, Sam (Anthony Wong) shows up at the Ng's door. Supposedly, he just wants to thank the good doctor for saving his wife's life, but it quickly becomes apparent that he has more sinister motives.

Upon Anthony Wong's entry into the proceedings, 3 Days of a Blind Girl seems to follow the exploitation formula to a tee, with a scene featuring the lovely Ms. Yip taking a shower (with her "two points" fully visible for the enjoyment of the audience) and then a later one where Anthony cooks up the Ng's dog and feeds it to Mrs. Ng.

But somewhere along the way, director Chan Wing-Chiu changes gears and decides to let the actors' performances, rather than sex and/or violence dictate the course of the movie, and it really works. Both Yip and especially Wong put in solid work, which compels the viewer into getting into the story itself, rather than waiting for cheap thrills via the next shocking moment.

Don't get me wrong -- there's a good amount of salacious content here and in no way is this a movie for the average viewer weaned on weepies and romantic comedies. On the other hand, if you're of the raincoater ilk looking for oodles of boobs and blood, then you might be a bit disappointed with 3 Days of a Blind Girl.

This is really one of those rare films that strikes a nice balance between the sick and the sublime, and is perfect viewing material if you want a little thought to go along with your scares. Even though it is a relatively minor entry in the filmography for everyone involved, 3 Days of a Blind Girl is one of the hidden gems of early 1990's Hong Kong cinema.

[review from www.hkfilm.net]

Reviewer Score: 7

Reviewed by: STSH
Date: 12/28/1999
Summary: Average hostage drama

Possibly Veronica Yip's best acting role, and Anthony Wong turns in his usual good turn.
Overall : average hostage drama, saved from total tedium only by the two leads.

Reviewer Score: 4

Reviewed by: jfierro
Date: 12/21/1999

Veronica Yip is the spoiled housewife of a rich doctor who istemporarily blinded for three days. Some bad timing requires her husband to be out of town, leaving her alone for the weekend. Enter Anthony Wong, a demented stranger who shows up out of the blue to take advantage of her vulnerable situation. Thanks to the fine acting talents of the two leads, this film manages to rise above its obviously exploitative intentions and become a decent nailbiter. This is one of the films that helped Veronica transcend Category III pigeonholing, and gave people respect for Anthony Wong's acting skills.

Reviewed by: hkcinema
Date: 12/08/1999

Following along the lines of Misery, this suspense thriller has Veronica Yip as the helpless but dependant victim and Anthony Wong the psycho who imprisons her. Veronica is temporarily blind for 2 days. How appropriate that her husband Jack is going away for two days, leaving her alone. Enter Anthony as Sam, wearing an evil Chuckie/ lumberjack outfit, who claims to be Jack's old friend. And how appropriate that he can't find a cab on this rainy night and she trustingly allows him shelter. Slowly he gets freakier as we learn that he has stalked her for a year, waiting for this opportunity to take revenge on Jack for having an affair with his wife. And while they wait for Jack to return home, they have two days to have some... interplay. There is some brutally cruel and violent content without being overly explicit. There's the basic incidental lightning and thunder crashes and suspense teasers. But in the least, this movie teaches you what household items can be used as effective weapons.

[Reviewed by Jennie Tam]