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Insanity (2015) (VCD) (Hong Kong Version) VCD

Lau Ching Wan (Actor) | Huang Xiao Ming (Actor) | Alex Fong Chung Sun (Actor) | Nina Paw (Actor)
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Insanity (2015) (VCD) (Hong Kong Version)
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Prolific producer and writer Derek Yee (Overheard series) teams up with director and co-writer David Lee (named Best New Director at the 34th Hong Kong Film Awards for his work in this film) in the tense psychological thriller Insanity. Starring Huang Xiaoming (The Crossing Part 1) and Lau Ching Wan (Overheard series), who racked up one of his two Best Actor nominations at the Hong Kong Film Awards for his performance, the film focuses on the twisty relationship between a schizophrenic man and his doctor.

Three years ago, Fan Kwok Sang (Lau Ching Wan) accidentally killed his wife during a schizophrenic episode. Since then, he's been receiving treatment from Dr. Chow Ming Kit (Huang Xiaoming) whilst under confinement at a psychiatric hospital. Convinced that Fan's been cured, Chow is now advocating for his release despite the vehement disagreement of his superiors at the hospital. Eventually, Chow triumphs and Fan is released. Following this victory, Chow's fortunes rise considerably, and he soon finds himself ascending to the position of hospital director. On the other hand, still tormented by demons real and imagined, Fan's mental state slowly begins to circle back to its darkest point. When Fan lashes out during a schizophrenic episode, Chow discovers that his fate has become inexorably tied to that of his patient.

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Product Title: Insanity (2015) (VCD) (Hong Kong Version) 暴瘋語 (2015) (VCD) (香港版) 暴疯语 (2015) (VCD) (香港版) 暴瘋語 (2015) (VCD) (香港版) Insanity (2015) (VCD) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Lau Ching Wan (Actor) | Huang Xiao Ming (Actor) | Alex Fong Chung Sun (Actor) | Nina Paw (Actor) | Fiona Sit (Actor) | Paulyn Sun (Actor) | Lee Kwok Lun (Actor) | Michelle Ye (Actor) 劉 青雲 (Actor) | 黃曉明 (Actor) | 方中信 (Actor) | 鮑起靜 (Actor) | 薛 凱琪 (Actor) | 孫佳君 (Actor) | 李國麟 (Actor) | 葉 璇 (Actor) 刘 青云 (Actor) | 黄 晓明 (Actor) | 方中信 (Actor) | 鲍起静 (Actor) | 薛 凯琪 (Actor) | 孙佳君 (Actor) | 李国麟 (Actor) | 叶璇 (Actor) 劉青雲(ラウ・チンワン) (Actor) | 黄暁明 (ホァン・シァオミン) (Actor) | 方中信(アレックス・フォン) (Actor) | 鮑起靜 (パウ・ヘイチン) (Actor) | 薛凱琪 (フィオナ・シッ) (Actor) | 孫佳君(ポーリー・ソン) (Actor) | 李國麟(リー・クォックルン) (Actor) | 葉璇 (ミッシェル・イップ) (Actor) Lau Ching Wan (Actor) | Huang Xiao Ming (Actor) | 방중신 (Actor) | Nina Paw (Actor) | Fiona Sit (Actor) | Paulyn Sun (Actor) | Lee Kwok Lun (Actor) | Michelle Ye (Actor)
Director: Lee Kwong Yiu 李光耀 (導演) 李光耀 (导演) Lee Kwong Yiu Lee Kwong Yiu
Producer: Derek Yee | Law Chi Leung 爾 冬陞 | 羅志良 尔 冬升 | 罗志良 爾冬陞(イー・トンシン) | 羅志良(ロー・チーリョン) Derek Yee | Law Chi Leung
Release Date: 2015-08-21
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: Traditional Chinese
Place of Origin: Hong Kong, China
Disc Format(s): VCD
Duration: 99 (mins)
Publisher: Panorama (HK)
Package Weight: 100 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1044965695

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最佳新晉導演
李光耀

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最佳男主角 – 劉青雲
最佳女主角 – 鮑起靜
最佳原創歌曲【暴風雨】

監製 爾冬陞

領銜主演
劉青雲 黃曉明 薛凱琪

主演
方中信 鮑起靜 葉璇 毛俊輝
孫佳君 冼色麗 衛詩雅 李國麟

三年前,范國生(劉青雲 飾)精神分裂症病發,殺害妻子方慧玲(葉璇 飾)後自殺不遂,被警方拘捕後判入精神病院作無限期治療。

周明傑(黃曉明 飾)成為范國生的主診醫生,經過三年的治療後,他認為范國生已經康復,力排眾議,堅決讓范國生出院。可惜重投社會後的范國生受盡歧視,再次步向崩潰邊緣,一時衝動下,錯手將一名癮君子殺害,走投無路,范國生只能向周明傑求助。

周明傑怕事件被揭發後毀了自己的事業,決定助范國生潛逃,同時為了隱瞞真相飽受傳媒與輿論的壓力。風口浪尖上,范國生竟再次找上周明傑,但此刻的范國生已變得瘋狂。為了彌補自己造成的錯誤,周明傑決定秘密為范國生進行治療,過程中兩人間的角力升級,周明傑又能否拯救已全面失控的范國生呢?
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Professional Review of "Insanity (2015) (VCD) (Hong Kong Version)"

November 3, 2015

This professional review refers to Insanity (2015) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)
Veteran Hong Kong writer and producer Derek Yee returns to the subject of mental illness, following up his multiple-award winning 1986 drama The Lunatics nearly three decades later with Insanity, directed by David Lee, his first feature since his 2008 debut Yes, I Can See Dead People. Boasting an intriguing and potentially dynamite lead pairing in Lau Ching Wan (Overheard) and Huang Xiaoming (The Crossing), the film bills itself as a psychological thriller, following the drama which ensues when a doctor tries a little too hard to treat a possibly schizophrenic patient. Though films dealing with this kind of subject matter are notoriously hard to pull off, Insanity went down well with at least some local critics, pulling in nominations at the Hong Kong Film Awards for Best New Director and Best Actor (Lau Ching Wan defeating himself, winning for his work in Overheard 3).

Lau plays Fan Kwok Sang, an unfortunate man who gets sent to a psychiatric hospital after accidentally killing his wife (Michelle Ye, Drug War), where he receives treatment from the respected Dr Chow (Huang Xiaoming). Three years later Chow declares Fan cured and has him released, his success with the case helping him to land the position of director at the institute. However, Fan finds it difficult to adapt to life on the outside, not least due to repeated appearances by his crazy mother-in-law, and it doesn't take long for things to start going wrong. Determined to help him, Chow gets more and more involved with the tormented man, while the pressure of his job and his deteriorating relationship with his girlfriend (Fiona Sit, 12 Golden Ducks) gradually take their toll on the well-meaning doctor.

Insanity is an odd film, and one which walks a very fine line indeed between seriousness and baffling trash. On the one hand, David Lee and Derek Yee, who both worked on the script along with Philip Liu, certainly seem to be aiming for something substantial, working in hints of social commentary and tiptoeing into some interesting moral territory by questioning the ways in which doctors treat their patients. On the other, just when the film seems to be heading down the message movie route, the need to provide more basic thrills kicks in, with shlock and borderline exploitation taking over. It's a jarring combination to be sure, and the film really makes little sense right through till the wacky final twist which many viewers will likely have seen coming. Still, this isn't a bad thing for fans of high-camp hysteria, and though definitely sub-Hitchcock the film is never in any danger of getting boring, Lee keeping the pot boiling and throwing in plenty of revelations and shocks along the way.

The film is very much an actor's piece and makes the most of the presence of Lau Ching Wan and Huang Xiaoming, the two being onscreen for pretty much the entire running time and Lee relying playing on the natural contrast between their looks, ages and performance styles. Unsurprisingly, it's Lau who impresses the most, with a multi-layered turn that, whilst not exactly believable or sympathetic, is enjoyable to watch and somewhat unpredictable. Huang doesn't come off quite so well, mainly due to the hyper-controlled Chow being a far more straightforward and obvious character, though he's generally fine and manages to smirk and smarm his way through the role. The film is very much at its best when Lau and Huang and locking horns, and the developing duel between them is gripping and tense, keeping the viewer wondering which of the two is really the crazy one. The supporting cast don't get a look-in as a result, Fiona Sit sadly being relegated to a whiny girlfriend part, and reliable character Alex Fong only being on hand to keep the plot moving during the final third, though this is perhaps only to be expected.

There are two different ways to look at Insanity, either as a flawed take on the touchy subject of mental illness, or as an entertaining and amusingly daft psycho-thriller whose frequent lapses in judgement and taste serve to make it more endearing. With Lau Ching Wan and Huang Xiaoming providing good value and David Lee just about keeping things together, there's enough here to make it very worthwhile checking out, albeit with suitably adjusted expectations.

by James Mudge EasternKicks.com

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