Hung biu hyn sin ji daai tau gwaai ang [Horror Hotline… Big Head Monster] (2001)

Hung biu hyn sin ji daai tau gwaai ang
Director: Pou-Soi Cheang
Writer: Pou-Soi Cheang, Sunny Chan
Cast: Francis Ng, Josie Ho, Sam Lee, Niki Chow, Michelle Zhang
Part of: Viennale, Soi Cheang Tribute

Plot:
Ben (Francis Ng) is the producer of a radio show where people can call in to report any unusual things they have seen, any urban horror myths. One day, while TV reporter Mavis (Josie Ho) is doing a feature about the program, one caller talks about the Big Head Baby he has seen as a kid and never really gotten over. Mavis interest is aroused and she starts digging, unearthing more than she bargained for.

I was really looking forward to the Soi Cheang tribute, but apart from Accident, all of the films I’ve seen by him proved to be a disappointment. I thought that this one would be the surest win, but it, too, continues the trend of meh.

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Ai zuozhan [Love Battlefield] (2004)

Ai zuozhan
Director: Pou-Soi Cheang
Writer: Kam-Yuen Szeto
Cast: Eason Chan, Niki Chow, Carl Ng, Zhiwen Wang
Part of: Viennale, Soi Cheang Tribute

Plot:
Yui (Eason Chan) and Ching (Niki Chow) are a quite normal couple who have their ups and downs. They’re about to fulfill Ching’s lifelong dream and head on a trip to Europe. Unfortunately when they want to get into the car to drive to the airport, said car is gone. They get into a fight, Ching decides to head to the airport and Yui to go to the police to get his car back. But then Yui stumbles upon his car. Unfortunately, Wah (Zhiwen Wang) – who stole his car – is still there and decides that he can use Yui. So suddenly Yui finds himself in a nightmare of violence, kidnapping and robbery.

Love Battlefield did not impress me. Though it started off fine and has some nice supporting characters, I just never really cared about Yui or Ching.

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Hyn huet ching nin [New Blood] (2002)

Hyn huet ching nin
Director: Pou-Soi Cheang
Writer: Kam-Yuen Szeto, Pou-Soi Cheang
Cast: Bernard Chow, Niki Chow, Chi Kui Chow, Winnie Leung
Part of: Viennale, Soi Cheang Tribute

Plot:
Lok (Bernard Chow) is a young policeman who stumbles over a couple who tried to commit suicide together. He gets both of them to the hospital and then even donates blood, together with Eric (Chi Kui Chow) and Joy (Niki Chow), to save them. But only the young man survives, in a coma. The girl – Yau (Winnie Leung) – dies. But since their plan to spend eternity together fell apart, Yau’s ghost decides to take revenge on the people who saved her boyfriend.

Yeah, this movie did not work for me. I mean, the first half hour or so was actually awesome but then it fell completely, absolutely and irrevocably apart.

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Yi ngoi [Accident] (2009)

Yi ngoi
Director: Pou-Soi Cheang
Writer: Kam-Yuen Szeto, Lik-Kei Tang
Cast: Louis Koo, Richie Ren, Shui-Fan Fung, Michelle Ye, Suet Lam
Part of: Viennale, Soi Cheang Tribute

Plot:
The Brain (Louis Koo) is the leader of a group of assassins consisting of Fatty (Suet Lam), Uncle (Shui-Fan Fung) and Woman (Michelle Ye). They specialize in orchestrating hits that look like accidents. During their latest job Fatty is killed in an accident. But Brain doesn’t believe that it really was an accident. He starts shadowing their last client to uncover who has it in for him and his group.

Yi ngoi is a very cool film and Brain is a very cool character. The idea with the accident killings is pretty awesome, though they don’t spend much time with it. And the movie unfolds quite nicely.

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