Angel Whispers (2015) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Blu-ray Region A
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|Product Title:||Angel Whispers (2015) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) 花街柳巷 (2015) (Blu-ray) (香港版) 花街柳巷 (2015) (Blu-ray) (香港版) 花街柳巷 (2015) (Blu-ray) (香港版) Angel Whispers (2015) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)|
|Artist Name(s):||Carrie Ng (Actor) | Weng Xiu Lan (Actor) | Hung Tin Chiu (Actor) | SUN ZHI QIANG (Actor) | Kabby Hui (Actor) | Zhu Li Ling (Actor) 吳家麗 (Actor) | 翁 秀蘭 (Actor) | 洪天照 (Actor) | 孫志強 (Actor) | 許 雅婷 (Actor) | 朱 麗玲 (Actor) 吴家丽 (Actor) | 翁 秀兰 (Actor) | 洪天照 (Actor) | SUN ZHI QIANG (Actor) | 许 雅婷 (Actor) | 朱 丽玲 (Actor) 呉家麗（キャリー・ン） (Actor) | Weng Xiu Lan (Actor) | 洪天照（サミー・ハン） (Actor) | ＳＵＮ ＺＨＩ ＱＩＡＮＧ (Actor) | Kabby Hui (Actor) | Zhu Li Ling (Actor) Carrie Ng (Actor) | Weng Xiu Lan (Actor) | Hung Tin Chiu (Actor) | SUN ZHI QIANG (Actor) | Kabby Hui (Actor) | Zhu Li Ling (Actor)|
|Director:||Carrie Ng | Weng Xiu Lan 吳家麗 | 翁 秀蘭 吴家丽 | 翁 秀兰 呉家麗（キャリー・ン） | Weng Xiu Lan Carrie Ng | Weng Xiu Lan|
|Blu-ray Region Code:||A - Americas (North, Central and South except French Guiana), Korea, Japan, South East Asia (including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) What is it?|
|Subtitles:||English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese|
|Country of Origin:||Hong Kong|
|Picture Format:||[HD] High Definition, NTSC What is it?|
|Sound Information:||Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby TrueHD|
|Disc Format(s):||Blu-ray, 25 GB - Single Layer|
|Screen Resolution:||1080p (1920 x 1080 progressive scan)|
|Video Codecs:||AVC (MPEG-4 Part 10)|
|Publisher:||Kam & Ronson Enterprises Co Ltd|
|Package Weight:||100 (g)|
|Shipment Unit:||1 What is it?|
|YesAsia Catalog No.:||1048063900|
Li and the prostitutes have to find Ping and to fight a battle of wits with the invisible murderer. As more evident of the murderer’s identity revealed, a tragic truth hidden for over twenty years starts to unveil.
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Professional Review of "Angel Whispers (2015) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)"
Veteran Hong Kong actress Carrie Ng, star of classics such as Naked Killer and City on Fire, and who recently appeared in the likes of Gangster Payday and Pang Ho Cheung's Aberdeen, makes her directorial debut with Angel Whispers. Co-directed by Shirley Yung, the category III rated film is a horror following a series of disappearances and brutal murders in a run-down Hong Kong apartment block inhabited by an unfortunate group of prostitutes who find their numbers being whittled down by a mysterious killer.
Carrie Ng also acts in the film, playing Lai, the kindly landlady of the mostly-empty building, located in Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong's infamous red light district. Lai spends her days looking after her young tenants, most of whom have led sad and troubled lives before ending up in prostitution, inviting them to her apartment for a special dinner to celebrate the Winter Solstice. When one of them called Ping fails to turn up for the meal, Ching Ching (Kabby Hui, Full Strike) decides to investigate, worrying that her friend may have fallen prey to a vicious killer who has been stalking the city. Ching Ching soon comes to suspect that the building's handyman Lung (Sammy Hung, Dragon Blade) might be involved, though her poking around reveals a long-buried tragic secret.
Carrie Ng is certainly no stranger to horror, having acted in a variety of genre films during her career, from the likes of Ghost Meets You, Ghost Promise and Faces of Horror earlier on through to Nick Cheung's Hungry Ghost Ritual and Knock Knock Who's There? in 2014 and 2015. As such, it shouldn't be too surprising that Angel Whispers in general sticks fairly close to the formula, and is basically a murder whodunit with splashes of gore and sinister happenings along the way. Although not especially gruesome, the film does have a few moments of unpleasantness and mutilation, and though it seems likely that the category III rating was at least partly earned by the subject matter, viewers looking for bloody shocks won’t feel too short-changed. Similarly, while the film isn't actually frightening, Ng and Yung's direction is atmospheric and moody, benefiting from some lurid lighting and appropriately dilapidated sets, helping to paper over the cracks in what was clearly a fairly low budget.
With some five writers having apparently worked on the script, it's a convoluted and often confusing affair despite its simple-sounding premise, with lots of red herrings and attempts at misdirection as it builds towards what is admittedly a pretty amusing and far-out big final revelation. This all works reasonably well, enough so to keep genre fans with a hankering for this kind of ripe, old-fashioned nonsense happy, and oddball delusions of grandeur add some welcome unintentional amusement, helping to distract from a few dull stretches where Ng and Yung throw in a few too many flashbacks about the pasts of the characters. These aside the film generally rattles along at a decent clip, and while none of its characters and their stories are interesting or offer more than middling melodrama, an efficiently short 85 minute running time ensures that it never outstays its welcome.
Coming across like a real throwback to the days of 1990s Hong Kong genre cinema, Angel Whispers should be enjoyed by undemanding fans of the form, if perhaps not by general audiences. A solid directorial debut for Carrie Ng and Shirley Yung, who at least win points for taking a stab at the kind of film which rarely gets made in Hong Kong anymore, it’s a short and modestly entertaining piece of shlock.
by James Mudge - EasternKicks.com