Carlos Chan and Angie Shum in a still from Binding Souls (category IIB; Cantonese, Mandarin), directed by Chan Pang-chun. Tsao Yu-ning co-stars

Binding Souls film review: awful Hong Kong haunted house mystery

  • A story that’s illogical from the get-go, a budget that seemingly stretched to only two ghosts, characters that appear to be mere plot devices – this is painful
  • Set in a former school that was a wartime Japanese death chamber, there should be ample scope for scares; yet even diehard horror fans will find film a chore
Topic |   Chinese language cinema

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Carlos Chan and Angie Shum in a still from Binding Souls (category IIB; Cantonese, Mandarin), directed by Chan Pang-chun. Tsao Yu-ning co-stars
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Nick Cheung and Yang Zi in a still from Bodies at Rest (category IIB; Cantonese), directed by Renny Harlin. Richie Jen co-stars.

Bodies at Rest film review: Nick Cheung, Richie Jen play deadly cat-and-mouse game in Renny Harlin’s Hong Kong-set thriller

  • Die Hard 2 director presents an old-fashioned action film about a criminal trio in Christmas masks who trigger mayhem in a Hong Kong morgue
  • Illogical yet predictable, and with an off-key performance from leading man Nick Cheung, this plays like a Johnnie To film without the irony and deadpan comedy
Topic |   Chinese language cinema

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Nick Cheung and Yang Zi in a still from Bodies at Rest (category IIB; Cantonese), directed by Renny Harlin. Richie Jen co-stars.
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