49 Days (2006)
Reviewed by: evirei on 2006-03-16
Summary: Mild horror, heavy emotions
Yet another movie featuring Stephen Fung and Gillian. Yeah, the first movie I ever saw both of them collaborating was in House of Fury. In my humble opinion, I think it was quite a good show. I was looking forward for this new show. Yeah... what adds on to the interest of seeing... mmm... the mystery feel the poster manage to create.

The opening title for the movie somehow looks similar to "A Chinese Tall Story". I somehow suspect it is from the same graphics company. The movie starts of with a text intro which tells about the chinese believes in the olden days. According to what is written, when someone burns the rhino horn, they are said to be able to see ghost. Yeah... ghost. Spooky eh?

The story started of by telling a tale where Liu Cheng ( Stephen Fung), a young Chinese herbalist who leaves his beloved wife and daughter and heads to the provincial capital to set up a medicine shop. He promise his wife that he would return to find them as soon as everything is settled down.

Four years has passed. Just when everything seems right, business is good, his shop was blooming, a sudden tragedy happened. Liu decided to leave the capital for a moment to go back and visit his family when he received a letter saying that his wife misses him dearly. On the night before he is leaving, he had dinner with some businessman and Susi. It seems that Susi likes Liu all this while and would do anything to ensure he is by her side.

Suddenly, the movie zoom into one of Liu's trusted partner (Raymond Wong) is trying to burn down the factory where all the herbs are being stored. Susi bump into Raymond and witnessed the crime. However she din tell it out because she wants Liu to stay while Raymond wants to own Liu's fortune.

Liu was then accused of setting his factory on fire and killing everyone. The best part, Raymond betrayed him and accused him of setting the fire. He was sent to jail where Gillian comes into the story as his attorney. Nothing much can be done since most of the witness has been bribed and Susi went missing. Liu was then sentence to death. Yeah.. he was beheaded while Gillian fall into a deep hole and was on koma for a month or so.

Their soul soon crosspath and they both head back to Liu's house. Weird thing start to happen when everything in Liu's house seems to be so dirty and old. Liu then saw a small girl which apperently is his daughter. In the first place, her daughter was shocked and ran upstairs as she can hear someone calling her but she can't see them. When she reaches places with burning candles, she manage to see his father. Reason why? Eh... well.. according to the story, she has breathing problems thus Liu would always grind the rhino horn and make it into candle and burn it. It's suppose to help the breathing problem but hey.... she will also be able to see ghosts.

Everything was cool until Liu notices that he's a ghost himself (yeah, somehow similar to "the Others" and "6th Sense"). The person who execute him tells him that he has only 49 days to be with his family and do what he wants and then he will have to be reborn. Unknown to him, his wife actually commited suicide 2 days before he reach home. The best part comes along as Raymond was back in town trying to get Liu's house.

I quite like this movie as it puts in a lot of emotional tangle between girls and boys, father and daughter, husband and wife, and what not... trust among friends. Yeah, it's not really those shocking horror movie where you have shadows coming here and there.. rather mild but meaningful movie. However they seriously have lack of professional actors and actresses in it. Besides that, I just think everything would be great if the scriptwriter and director does sit down properly and look into lots of.. ermm how should I say this... inconsistency or loopholes in the storyline.

I am confused.. but hey... I must admit the part where Stephen Fung is stitching his head back together with his body is seriously cool! hehehe... I would also give in extra points for the movie just because of Stephen Fung cute dimples.
Reviewer Score: 6