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Fairy Tale Killer (2012) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) DVD Region 3

Lau Ching Wan (Actor) | Wang Bao Qiang (Actor) | Elanne Kwong (Actor) | Joey Meng (Actor)
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Children's stories and horrifying murders go hand in hand in Danny Pang's Fairy Tale Killer. The latest solo project from one of the creators behind Hong Kong horror hit The Eye ditches the supernatural angle but retains the scares and suspense in a gruesome crime thriller about a serial killer that finds inspiration in classic fables. Two acclaimed actors join the filmmaker's cause: Lau Ching Wan (Life Without Principle) stars as the troubled cop on the case, while the usually meek Wang Baoqiang (Mr. Tree) becomes the deranged killer responsible for the bizarre and bloody deaths. The supporting cast includes singer/actress Elanne Kwong (Love Lifting), who flexes her acting muscles again playing an autistic artist, as well as Lam Suet, Elena Kong, and Joey Meng.

At the precinct where Inspector Wong (Lau Ching Wan) is stationed, a man with a serious stutter named Ng (Wang Baoqiang) turns himself in, claiming he has committed murder. The "victim", however, turns out very much alive, so the cops have to let this apparently mentally disturbed man go. But after a couple of days that victim really ends up dead, and soon other bodies begin to turn up one by one, all killed in different but equally grisly manners. Without any clue, Wong struggles to lead the investigation into these strange murders. What they manage to find in the apartment of Ng, the prime suspect, is nothing but a pile of books of fairy tales...

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Product Title: Fairy Tale Killer (2012) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) 追凶 (2012) (DVD) (香港版) 追凶 (2012) (DVD) (香港版) 追凶 (2012) (DVD) (香港版) Fairy Tale Killer (2012) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Also known as: 索命童話 索命童话
Artist Name(s): Lau Ching Wan (Actor) | Wang Bao Qiang (Actor) | Elanne Kwong (Actor) | Joey Meng (Actor) | Ken Lo (Actor) | Elena Kong (Actor) | Felix Lok (Actor) | Lam Suet (Actor) | Anson Leung (Actor) | Ciwi Lam (Actor) | Kelly Fu (Actor) | Gary Chiu (Actor) | James Ho (Actor) 劉 青雲 (Actor) | 王寶強 (Actor) | 江若琳 (Actor) | 萬綺雯 (Actor) | 盧惠光 (Actor) | 江美儀 (Actor) | 駱應鈞 (Actor) | 林雪 (Actor) | 梁俊一 (Actor) | 林司敏 (Actor) | 傅嘉莉 (Actor) | 趙 俊承 (Actor) | 何 俊洪 (Actor) 刘 青云 (Actor) | 王宝强 (Actor) | 江若琳 (Actor) | 万绮雯 (Actor) | 卢惠光 (Actor) | 江美仪 (Actor) | 骆应钧 (Actor) | 林雪 (Actor) | 梁俊一 (Actor) | 林司敏 (Actor) | 傅嘉莉 (Actor) | 赵 俊承 (Actor) | 何 俊洪 (Actor) 劉青雲(ラウ・チンワン) (Actor) | 王宝強 (ワン・バオチャン) (Actor) | 江若琳(エレイン・コン) (Actor) | 萬綺雯(マン・イーマン) (Actor) | 慮恵光(ロー・ワイコン) (Actor) | Elena Kong (Actor) | Felix Lok (Actor) | 林雪 (ラム・シュー) (Actor) | 梁俊一(リョン・チョンヤッ) (Actor) | Ciwi Lam (Actor) | Kelly Fu (Actor) | Gary Chiu (Actor) | James Ho (Actor) Lau Ching Wan (Actor) | 왕보강 (Actor) | Elanne Kwong (Actor) | Joey Meng (Actor) | Ken Lo (Actor) | Elena Kong (Actor) | Felix Lok (Actor) | Lam Suet (Actor) | Anson Leung (Actor) | Ciwi Lam (Actor) | Kelly Fu (Actor) | Gary Chiu (Actor) | James Ho (Actor)
Director: Danny Pang 彭發 彭 发 彭發 (ダニー・パン) Danny Pang
Release Date: 2012-07-19
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: Widescreen
Sound Information: 6.1, DTS Digital Surround, Dolby Digital EX(TM) / THX Surround EX(TM), DTS Extended Surround(TM) / DTS-ES(TM)
Disc Format(s): DVD-9, DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Rating: IIB
Duration: 94 (mins)
Publisher: Universe Laser (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1031128438

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Director: Danny Pang Fat

One Day, a medium built stammerer, Jun (Wang Bao Qiang) confesses a murder at police station, but he fails to illustrate the details, after long oral examination the police believes Jun is mentally disorder and his mentioned murder cases do not come from the fact.

Soon after, a cold-blooded murder unveils a series of mysterious murders in the district where Detective Han (Lau Ching Wan) stations in. Each of the victims is executed by different but equally brutal way. Han Knows that he is dealing with a serial killer. Instinct tells him Jun is the suspense after he goes over all recent statements.

The police are still lack of evidences to drop any change on Jun, Jun refuses to say anything about the next planned murder. Which prevents Han from saving the next victim, time is running out, Han is desperate to save the poor sufferers….
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Professional Review of "Fairy Tale Killer (2012) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)"

August 13, 2012

This professional review refers to Fairy Tale Killer (2012) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)
Danny Pang, still best known as one half of the brotherly directorial duo responsible for the 2002 hit The Eye takes another shot at recapturing his past form with Fairy Tale Killer which as its title suggests follows the police hunt for a murderer who bases his methods around children's fables. As with any Pang production, the film is a glossy affair with slick visuals, and this time has a couple of big headlining stars in Lau Ching Wan (Life Without Principle) and Wang Baoqiang (Mr. Tree), with support from the likes of Elanne Kwong (Love Lifting), Elena Kong (A Simple Life), Joey Meng (All About Love), and ultra prolific Hong Kong character actor Lam Suet (The Great Magician).

The film opens with a strange, stammering young man with white face makeup called Ng (Wang Baoqiang) turning up at the police station of Inspector Wong (Lau Ching Wan) and confessing to a murder. After it turns out that his apparent victim is still very much alive, Ng is let go, Wong quite understandably deciding that he has serious mental problems. However, a couple of days later the man really does turn up dead, and as just one of a string of bizarre killings. Wong investigates with his team and gradually uncovers Ng's strange story and scheme, at the same time trying to cover up the mistake he made in letting him go in the first place.

It's sadly hard to deny that Danny Pang (and indeed his brother Oxide) has been off the boil for a while now, with a great many of his films over the last few years having been of average quality at best. The good news is that whilst Fairy Tale Killer isn't quite a return to the glory days of The Eye, it's certainly a great deal better than other recent outings such as The Child's Eye. On the plus side, the film does have a basically sound and interesting premise, and though the fairy tale murders never get all that creative, its theme of autistic killers is well-handled (if a touch exploitative), and the combination of these two elements does give things a vaguely original feel. Pang is solid as ever as director, the film having a polished and visually impressive look, though thankfully without some of the wacky and overly enthusiastic editing which have made some of his earlier efforts a bit of a headache. The film moves along at a decent pace, with a handful of set pieces and flashes of action here and there, and though there's nothing too outstanding here, the film does hold the interest throughout.

The film is bolstered by some strong work by the cast, with Lau Ching Wan predictably carrying the film on his capable shoulders, and though the material doesn't exactly stretch his range, he adds a believable humanity to the often unsympathetic Wong. Surprisingly, the film is arguably more successful in its cop and family drama elements than in its crazy murder schemes, Wong's shifting relationships with his colleagues and autistic son adding depth and a welcome moral greyness. The supporting cast are all on respectable form, Wang Baoqiang just about managing to pull off his difficult and at times bizarre villain role without going too over the top, and this also helps to lift the film up a couple of notches.

The film does have its fair share of flaws, chief amongst which are some rather blatant plot holes, Pang showing a cavalier lack of care when it comes to actually explaining not unimportant parts of the plot - for example as to why Ng turns up in the police station to confess. Pang similarly never provides a satisfying justification for how the homeless and apparently mentally challenged man is able to construct such elaborate and clever traps, in particular his final, expensive looking Saw style masterpiece, and this does undermine his potency as a convincing fiend. Possibly due to a need to please the censors, the film is also let down by its shying away from the gory details of most of the killings, which not only sees it pulling its punches, but in some cases makes it quite hard to tell what has happened to Ng's victims.

Though these faults detract from the overall effectiveness of Fairy Tale Killer it remains an entertaining thriller, and both an above average piece of Hong Kong genre cinema and one of Danny Pang's more accomplished recent films. Definitely worth checking out for fans with adjusted expectations, it manages to tick most of the right boxes, thanks in no small part to the ever dependable presence of Lau Ching Wan.

by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com

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