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Ren Quan (Actor) | Sandrine Pinna (Actor) | Lee Wei (Actor) | Yan Qian Qian (Actor)
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Two women's battle for love turns horrifying in The Chrysalis, the directorial debut of advertising director Qiu Chu Ji. Sandrine Pinna (Miao Miao, Touch of the Light) takes on a rare horror role as Wenxin, a woman who is kidnapped by a romantic rival on Valentine's Day and resurfaces three months later with no memory of what happened during her disappearance. However, that's only the beginning of the terror, as Wenxin begins to suspect that the spirit of her dead kidnapper has taken over her body. Featuring sex scenes, torture, and dismemberment, The Chrysalis is a Chinese horror film that pushes censorship boundaries to deliver a terrifying story about the dark side of love.
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Product Title: The Chrysalis (2013) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) 女蛹之人皮嫁衣 (2013) (DVD) (香港版) 女蛹之人皮嫁衣 (2013) (DVD) (香港版) 女蛹之人皮嫁衣 (2013) (DVD) (香港版) The Chrysalis (2013) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Ren Quan (Actor) | Sandrine Pinna (Actor) | Lee Wei (Actor) | Yan Qian Qian (Actor) | Gao Bei Bei (Actor) | Cui Jie (Actor) 任泉 (Actor) | 張 榕容 (Actor) | 李威 (Actor) | 嚴 千千 (Actor) | 高蓓蓓 (Actor) | 崔傑 (Actor) 任泉 (Actor) | 张 榕容 (Actor) | 李威 (Actor) | 严 千千 (Actor) | 高蓓蓓 (Actor) | 崔杰 (Actor) 任泉 (レン・チュアン) (Actor) | 張榕容 (チャン・ロンロン/サンドリーナ・ピンナ) (Actor) | 李威(リー・ウェイ) (Actor) | Yan Qian Qian (Actor) | Gao Bei Bei (Actor) | Cui Jie (Actor) Ren Quan (Actor) | Sandrine Pinna (Actor) | Lee Wei (Actor) | Yan Qian Qian (Actor) | Gao Bei Bei (Actor) | Cui Jie (Actor)
Director: Qiu Chu Ji 邱處機 邱处机 Qiu Chu Ji Qiu Chu Ji
Release Date: 2013-04-05
Language: Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Place of Origin: China
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1, Widescreen
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 2.0, Dolby Digital
Disc Format(s): DVD, DVD-5
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Duration: 98 (mins)
Publisher: Kam & Ronson Enterprises Co Ltd
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1032572256

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導演:邱處機

一場由情人節之夜開始的驚慄奇幻之旅,文靜漂亮的理髮師關文馨(張榕容 飾)被情敵戴安妮(嚴千千 飾)綁架……三個月後關文馨躺在大雨如注的街道上,神秘男子吳光明(李威 飾)將她救起,文馨又回到了戀人駱嘉(任泉 飾)身邊,但失去了三個月的記憶,讓人意想不到的是戴安妮卻不見了,她仿忽進入到了文馨的身體裡,迫使文馨與駱嘉的感情出現重重困境,甚至婚禮險些成為葬禮,言一切事情的發生只有一個不可告人的陰謀……
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Professional Review of "The Chrysalis (2013) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)"

June 10, 2013

Though limited by notoriously tough censorship, the horror genre is slowly but surely finding its feet in Chinese cinema, with directors coming up with new and occasionally creative ways to work around the restrictions. The Chrysalis marking the directorial debut of ad director Qiu Chu Ji, is a great example of this, a film which though clearly of the horror genre, also works in enough grounded psycho drama to keep things from straying too far into taboo supernatural territory. While this approach in itself is common in Chinese chillers, Qiu here seems to have been making more of an effort to combine the film's horror and dramatic elements rather than simply using one to justify the other.

Taiwanese-French actress Sandrine Pinna (Miao Miao) stars as Wenxin, the film opening with her having been kidnapped by love rival Annie (Christa Yan) on Valentine's day. The film flashes forward three months, with Wenxin showing up by the side of the road in her underwear, with no idea of where she has been or what has happened. Returning to the man at the heart of the dispute, university teacher Luo Jia (Ren Quan, Assembly), she learns that Annie has also disappeared without trace. With the aid of Wu Guangming (Lee Wei, Open to Midnight), a young artist who turns up and claims she had been living in his flat, she tries to get to the bottom of the mystery, strange events making her suspect that she has been possessed by the sinister spirit of her possibly dead kidnapper.

Modern Chinese horror really is hit and miss stuff, with many directors flailing around badly as they try to balance offering thrills while making sure that they don't offend the censors by including anything that's actually horrifying or supernatural ?which not only tends to result in manipulative and unfocused plotting, but goes against the entire point of horror films in the first place. It's with some relief then that The Chrysalis, though still a bit of a mess, is definitely a step in the right direction. Though most genre-savvy viewers will probably see its big twist coming, there's still a lot of psycho-hysterical fun to be had along the way, Qiu Chu Ji managing to produce something which though far from frightening, is at least entertaining and daftly dark. Points are won for a few flashes of originality, including the fact that there are none of the usual long haired ghosts on show, Wenxin's visions of Annie being of the more grounded and visceral kind, and a bizarre final act which gleefully hurtles off the cliff and dives deep into whacked-out insanity. While none of it actually makes much sense in hindsight, with gaping plot holes and wild leaps in logic abounding, the film successfully holds the interest throughout, with some fairly clever use of changing perspectives and narrative trickery.

Though unsurprisingly the film never gets too nasty, it does at least have a bit more in the way of sex and violence than the average Chinese genre outing, giving it somewhat of a kick where it counts, with a few borderline gruesome scenes of threat and torture. This definitely helps to make the film more convincing and enjoyable than its peers, and Qiu does a decent job of at least suggesting some fairly nasty goings-on, even if many viewers will be left wanting more in this department. Also giving the film a boost in the entertainment stakes are some amusingly ripe performances from the two female leads, both Sandrine Pinna and Christa Yan doing some great eye-rolling, lunatic ranting and generally adding a touch of manic liveliness.

This is all enough to make The Chrysalis worth catching for genre fans or anything with an interest in tracking the development of Chinese horror cinema and appropriately adjusted expectations. Though still relatively tame compared to its western cousins and at times bordering on silly rather than scary, there's plenty here to enjoy, and the film is hopefully a sign of better and more substantially creepy things to come.

by James Mudge – BeyondHollywood.com

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