二月三十
The Day that Doesn't Exist (1995)


Reviewed by: jfierro
Date: 12/21/1999

It's too bad this third entry in Wellson Chin and Abe Kwong's "date" series decided to deviate from the offbeat plotting of its superior predecessors, THOU SHALT NOT SWEAR and THE THIRD FULL MOON. Instead, it relies on the recently overused trend of lumping together mediocre short stories of the supernatural, in this case tied together by goofy policeman Wong Chi-Wah. At least the cast delivers. It's always nice to see Sheila Chan in a leading role, and Anthony Wong is genuinely sympathetic as a father desparate to return to the body and family he left behind after a car accident. It's a reasonably diverting movie, but doesn't belong in the "date" series.


Reviewed by: pablo
Date: 12/09/1999

Two stories of the supernatural. In the first story Poon Ka Sze'sfiance, who died in an accident just before the wedding, comes back to be with her. In the second, Li Man Kit goes in a coma after a car accident and wakes up to find himself in another body. The actors have fun with their roles, but the stories just aren't strong enough to make it work. Worth watching if you're bored, but don't go out of your way.


Reviewed by: hkcinema
Date: 12/08/1999

Two ghost stories. The first has Sheila Chan, maintaining cuteness but dropping the loopiness, losing her fiance to a car accident. But a month later, he returns to her because a promise is more important than how you keep your body parts together. Starts alittle slow but definitely picks up, and with the fog machine and the monotone 'wah' sound effects, an eeriness is achieved. Dayo Wong plays her cop friend who tries to help her and is the catalyst to.. Story two involves a truck driver (Bowie Lam) who dies after promising his plump daughter a birthday/pizza date. Again a kept promise is most important as his spirit resurfaces a year later into the body of Anthony Wong. Slowly he finds out who this new body belongs to and what type of lifestyle he had with his maniacal twiggy wife. A unique story. A friend told me that you really need to understand the chinese dialogue to fully enjoy the comedic element of this movie. I think it works well enough on its own regardless if you are a fan of horror stories or the star players. I wasn't disappointed.

[Reviewed by Jennie Tam]