發光石頭
Diamond Hill (2000)


Reviewed by: shelly
Date: 04/27/2001
Summary: A fascinatingly crafted low budget gem

A fascinatingly crafted low-budget gem. May (Maggie Poon) and her brother are inseparable as children. When May becomes an adolescent, she can't seem to let go of memories of her childhood, which seem to sustain her in her cold, loveless middle class home in Diamond Hill (her parents are played, deadpan, by Hui Siu-hung and Carrie Ng).



Enter Cheung Tat-ming as a digital video cam-wielding burglar, a tireless detective (Chan Kwok-bong), and a mysterious stranger (Woody Chan), and the movie takes off at a run, to a deserted supermarket in Shanghai Street in Yau Ma Tei.



Director Cheng Poi-shui plays with a wide variety of seemingly avant garde techniques (alternating digital video with 35mm; splintering the story's chronology so that it proceeds simultaneously in three or four different times ) to delicate effect: the film is easy to follow, and a pleasure to admire as it trips from art house alienated family drama through Japanese minimal horror to Hong Kong metropolitan night adventure. A top notch crew, headed by Lam Chuen-wah's brilliant cinematography and Tommy Wai's subtly haunting score, help this film float above its no-budget indie foundation: one of the most intriguing and accomplished Hong Kong films of 2000.

Reviewer Score: 9