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七月十三之龍婆 (1996)
July 13th


Reviewed by: hktopten
Date: 12/21/1999

An eerie film about a series of apparent suicides tied together bya suicide manual and an old lady. Instead of Michael Chow Man Kin and Lau Ching Wan, this time we have Michelle Reis and David Ng Dai Wai as a pair of investigators and ex lovers; add in the show stealing Dayo Wong Chi Wa as the insane amnesiac cop and we got a mix of comedy, romance, and mystery. It is not as good as the previous films, as the filmmakers seem to have gotten lost in the story and subplots themselves. Michelle and David were ok, but Wong Chi Wa continues to remind me of Tony Leung Ka Fai for some reason. Maybe it's the hair.


Reviewed by: shelly
Date: 12/09/1999

An unusually interesting ghost story/comedy, from the team who made THE DAY THAT DOESN'T EXIST, THOU SHALT NOT SWEAR, and THE THIRD FULL MOON. The cops in the middle, Michelle Reis and David Wu, provide the requisite banter and romantic tension (and glamourous good looks). Dayo Wong is the madman who might know the truth (in a particularly ill-concieved and un-humourous recreation of Stephen Chow's over-the-top lunatic from OUT OF THE DARK -- no one but Chow can do a Stephen Chow character. Dayo Wong's current popularity completely escapes me). And a very dignified and creepy "Aunt Lung" plays the ghost. There's much to read between the lines, if you care to look. One layer involves the temptations of suicide in the face of an inescapable and premature end to life (how about 1997?): we are offered the task of reclaiming memory and history as a path to safety (or at least sanity). Or you can just enjoy the off-kilter humour, snazzy cinematography and subtly scary bits. A Hong Kong film whose script outshines its stars: how weird.