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The dour and volatile Winnie (Charlene Choi) likes to make wooden puppets and write in her diary. After her boyfriend Seth leaves her, Winnie becomes increasingly emotionally and psychologically unstable. At the urging of her friend (Isabella Leong), she starts a new relationship with Seth-lookalike Ray (Shawn Yue), but the relationship soon makes the same downward spiral as before. As the situation worsens, so too does her grasp of reality. Or perhaps none of this is real in the first place. The answers all lie in her diary...
|Product Title:||Diary (Hong Kong Version) 妄想 (香港版) 妄想 (香港版) 妄想（香港版） Diary (Hong Kong Version)|
|Artist Name(s):||Charlene Choi (Actor) | Shawn Yue (Actor) | Isabella Leong (Actor) 蔡卓妍 (Actor) | 余文樂 (Actor) | 梁洛施 (Actor) 蔡卓妍 (Actor) | 余文乐 (Actor) | 梁洛施 (Actor) 蔡卓妍（シャーリーン・チョイ） (Actor) | 余文樂（ショーン・ユー） (Actor) | 梁洛施（イザベラ・リョン） (Actor) Charlene Choi (Actor) | 여 문락 (Actor) | Isabella Leong (Actor)|
|Director:||Oxide Pang 彭順 彭 顺 彭順（オキサイド・パン） Oxide Pang|
|Subtitles:||English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese|
|Place of Origin:||Hong Kong|
|Picture Format:||NTSC What is it?|
|Aspect Ratio:||1.78 : 1|
|Sound Information:||Dolby Digital 5.1|
|Region Code:||3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?|
|Publisher:||Universe Laser (HK)|
|Package Weight:||130 (g)|
|Shipment Unit:||1 What is it?|
|YesAsia Catalog No.:||1004562107|
* Sound Mix : Dolby Digital 5.1
* Extras :
- 制作特輯 Making-Of
- 首映花絮 Gala Premiere
- 相片集 Photo Gallery
Director: Oxide Pang
A diary records what happened everyday, but Winnie's dairy records what will happen in the future - a version of reality she creates with her own paranoid "fact"!
Winnie once had a happy family and a caring lover. One day, she found her lover, Seth, gone without a word. Unable to bear the pain, she called her friend, Yvonne, for help. After listening to Winnie, Yvonne, surprisingly, taught Winnie to revenge on the one who betrays her......
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In spite of the fact that it is directed by Oxide Pang, who along with his brother Danny is one of Hong Kong's most dynamic and talented film makers, Diary doesn't exactly grab the viewer and scream "watch me". This could be for a number of reasons, such as the film's rather uninspiring marketing campaign, which seemed unsure as to whether to sell it as horror, mystery or mental illness drama, its pretty-young-thing-style casting headed by popstrel Charlene Choi, and the basic fact that it is questionable whether the world needs yet another tale of a troubled young woman tormented by visions which may or may not be real. Thankfully Diary actually turns out to be far better than expected, largely due to Pang's technical skills, and he manages to turn something potentially familiar into an atmospheric and disorienting mood piece which, despite a needless "big twist" final act, is far more effective than most other recent Hong Kong genre outings.
The film follows Winnie (Choi), a young woman who is clearly marked as being mentally disturbed from the first frame, as evidenced by her weird behaviour, fondness for making creepy and quite possibly symbolic puppets, unkempt clothes and hair, and of course, her obsessive writing in the titular book. It seems as though the poor girl has recently lost, in one way or another, her boyfriend Seth, something which has left her increasingly unable to deal with everyday life. After her friend (played by actress Isabella Leong, also in Isabella) advises moving on, she finds herself a new man in the form of Ray (Shawn Yue, recently in Dragon Tiger Gate), who just happens to be a dead ringer for Seth. Things go from bad to worse, and Winnie's mind gradually deteriorates, leading to the expected shocking revelations.
Although anyone who has seen a film of this type before will have a pretty good idea of where the plot is going simply from reading the above synopsis, Diary does manage to pull a few extra surprises out of the hat during the climax, though mercifully without completely making a nonsense of all that has gone before. The film's central mystery is effective, if manipulative, with Pang making full use of the delusion vs. reality gambit as he has done in so many of his previous works. As such, it could probably have done without the surprise ending, and would have arguably benefited from a more subtle and less hysterical resolution.
Since the film is seen from the perspective of its disturbed protagonist, it does make for disorienting viewing, with a number of sudden shifts which keep the viewer constantly off balance. This does allow for a certain air of tension, or at least of discomfort, although Pang simply lets events play out rather than attempting to tell any kind of coherent story. As a result, the film tends to meander, and whilst this may be a reasonable enough reflection of an unhinged mind, it does result in a lack of focus.
However, since this to an extent is the point, with Pang clearly aiming for unsettling effect rather than any kind of substantial character study, it almost works in the film's favour and further forces the viewer to experience events from Winnie's skewed point of view. This gives him relatively free reign to try out a number of ambitious and hallucinogenic visual techniques, some of which are startlingly impressive and creative, and help to move the film away from the usual cliched scares of the genre in a similarly imaginative way as the director's recent Re-Cycle. The film also has a very interesting look, with a drab palette of greens and greys giving an unpleasant feeling of rot and decay, along with a few sudden bursts of sickly colour. Wisely, the running time is kept short, and at under an hour and a half, Diary never outstays its welcome.
One of the most obvious questions hanging over the film is whether Choi would be able to handle such a potentially complex role, and fortunately she turns in an adequate performance, though it has to be said that this is largely due to the fact that Pang never makes much effort to explore her character, relying instead on the visual aspects of the film to do the talking. Although this perhaps robs the film of potential psychological depth, it never detracts from it as a viewing experience, and it stands as an off-kilter and stylish example of the director's work, which offers something far more interesting and entertaining than the usual long haired ghost story.
by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com
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Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: (8)
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February 13, 2008
To be truthful, i never expected much from this movie in terms of plot and storyline before i watched it, and the main reason why i bought this DVD is because of the main lead (yes, im sure u guys know its charlene choi). Before that.. i was so sure it's gonna be some old boring movie revolving around the character's crazy boring life, and to be honest.. i didnt even know what is the exact genre of this particular movie (eg.horror, mystery), i only know that she is leading.
BUT NOW.. after i've watched it, i am so happy to say that i didnt make a wrong choice buying and watching this show.
1. The plot is there- this movie is not just some stupid old horror movie which purpose is to creep you out. there is a real good stoyline in there.
2. Charlene's acting in this show really amazes me... You will all agree with me after you guys have watched it.
3. I love the way the director plays around with our mind.. the unexpected ending at the end. The reason why i say it's smart is because whenever there is a REALLY UNEXPECTED ending.. audiences tend to think back once through about the whole movie and then something hits you before you realises the truth.
4. There are scenes in the movie which makes you wonder a lot as to what is happening.. and when the answer is revealed, goosebumps will start sprouting all over your arms as it creeps you out.
However.. i'll still like to mention that this genre of movie and the way the movie is presented puts the show in a very dangerous situation, because audiences will have two very extreme views of it: LOVE or HATE. for me.. it's LOVE.
To end it off.. this movie is really AWESOME and it's the best up-to-date movie charlene choi has acted/starred in so far, im my opinion. Of course i hope that she will continously improve on her acting skills and present us with even more of her wonderful works. (:
To all who bought this DVD.. HAPPY WATCHING!!!
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September 26, 2007
wasted my time and $9.99
|Omigod. I was so bored. I kind of guessed there was some morbid bloody craziness afoot but so what. WHY did they make this stupid movie?|
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July 2, 2007
A sad dislocated girl
Not your usual love jealousy, this, but a complex psychological drama that delves into the paranoid mind set of a girl who as been immensely injured by the rejection of Love after her boyfriend leaves her. To get over her rejection she locates another guy in the street who (she thinks) resembles her boyfriend and asks him back to her apartment. Well, that's what it seems as reality and illusion are difficult to fix on in this. The girl Winnie in this is a disturbed individual trapped inside the internal machinations of her own head about damaged love which leads her into a schizoid state of delusion. She has a depression and memory that are displaced and dislocated as she exists within her own loneliness. Its a very dark movie! Visually the film is shot in a semi monochrome with green tinged and erratic and jerky camera cuts to viewpoint Winnie's tarnished and detached mental state and features some interesting (and imposing) Oxide Pang atmospheric visuals towards the beginning showing what a haunted and disturbed mind this girl has. The shifting dark cloud scene moving slowly into her apartment is quite haunting and stark hallucination of mental disorder. Most of the film is shot in Winnie's apartment, too, giving it a quite claustrophobic ambiance and with some quite nasty parts near the end. Well, that's how all this film 'feels' and as you can image its not going to be an easy watch.
The acting of Charlene Choi as Winnie was immense and there is no doubt that this is one of her finest acting performances to date, allowing her to push the envelope beyond her usual fantasy and bubblegum chic roles. She certainly succeeds here with Oxide! Her acting features some quite astute nuances, too, with subtle eye twitches and erratic behaviors with her paranoid character making it a very perceptive viewpoint that Charlene delivers oh so frighteningly well! I'm getting more convinced by each differing film she has been in that she could be one of the most impressive pop stars ever to make a successful transition into film making and although "Diary" (like Korean Rain's "I'm a Cyborg, but that's Okay" performance) will alienate a number of Twins fans, its one amazing performance. Isabella Leong also acted well in this, and although I cannot say anymore about her as for fear of spoilers, it would be interesting how she would fare in a similar role as the central character. In fact since this I have just checked out some of her other films on DVD. Overall, this is a very disturbing movie far removed from anything Charlene as done before and quite different for Oxide Pang too, to what I have seen of his.
Regarding the DVD - The English subs are present in not only the main movie, but the making of and gala night, too - in fact the trailer has English subbies. And with a nice packaging touch it also includes a nice fold out insert card about the movie. Good DVD - good film - and with a very different Charlene Choi here.
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March 27, 2007
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|Very predictable movie... in the end when it reveals everything to the audience, it tries to be clever about, but unfortunately just made it too clever for their own good. The eerie setting was also too forced, there's nothing subtle about this movie at all.|
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February 5, 2007
|Charlene Choi was so amazing. She did a verry good job and that is a challenging character. But she needs to keep working and challanging her character more.|