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Koma (2004) (DVD) (UK Version) DVD Region 2

Angelica Lee | Karena Lam | Kate Yeung (Actor) | Andy Hui (Actor)
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Koma (2004) (DVD) (UK Version)
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"Human kidneys are not difficult to come by. You simply take a surgical knife, make a horizontal cut in the lower back, and take it out."

Awarded the Outstanding New Director in the Hong Kong Film Awards in 2003, director Law Chi-leung bloodies the screen with the crime thriller Koma, casting two award-winning actresses Angelica Lee Sin-je (The Eye) and Karena Lam (Inner Senses) as leads.

Koma tells of the petrifying murder of an unwilling organ "donor." Ching (Angelica Lee), being the only witness to the crime, identifies Ling (Karena Lam) as the suspect. Ching, herself suffering from chronic kidney disease that urgently requires a donor kidney, learns that her boyfriend (Andy Hui) is sleeping with Ling. Their fates are further intertwined with more suspicion, friendship, betrayal, and passion, but the closer they come together, the closer they draw towards unimaginable consequences. This thriller is guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat and guessing until the very last moment!

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Product Title: Koma (2004) (DVD) (UK Version) 救命 (2004) (DVD) (英國版) 救命 (2004) (DVD) (英国版) 救命 Koma (2004) (DVD) (UK Version)
Artist Name(s): Angelica Lee | Karena Lam | Kate Yeung (Actor) | Andy Hui (Actor) | Chan Suk Yin (Actor) 李心潔 | 林嘉欣 | 楊淇 (Actor) | 許 志安 (Actor) | 陳淑賢 (Actor) 李心洁 | 林嘉欣 | 杨淇 (Actor) | 许 志安 (Actor) | 陈淑贤 (Actor) 李心潔(アンジェリカ・リー) | 林嘉欣(カリーナ・ラム) | 楊淇(ケイト・ヨン) (Actor) | 許志安(アンディ・ホイ) (Actor) | Chan Suk Yin (Actor) Angelica Lee | Karena Lam | Kate Yeung (Actor) | Andy Hui (Actor) | Chan Suk Yin (Actor)
Director: Law Chi Leung 羅志良 罗志良 羅志良(ロー・チーリョン) Law Chi Leung
Release Date: 2006-09-06
Language: Cantonese
Subtitles: Not Yet Confirmed
Place of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: PAL What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Widescreen Anamorphic: Yes
Sound Information: DTS Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): DVD, DVD-9
Region Code: 2 - Japan, Europe, South Africa, Greenland and the Middle East (including Egypt) What is it?
Duration: 86 (mins)
Publisher: Palisades Tartan (UK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1032308966

Product Information

* Screen Format: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
* Sound Mix: Dobly Digital 5.1 Surround, DTS Digital Surround 5.1
* DVD Type: DVD-9
* Special Features:
  • Director's Commentary
  • Documentary: The Makiing of Koma
  • Original Trailer
  • 4 Page booklet with Justin Bowyer Film Notes

    Director: Chi-Leung Law

    At the wedding of a friend, Ching (Angelica Lee – The Eye) is the lucky bridesmaid who catches the bouquet. After an evening of celebrations, she drunkenly returns to her room where she makes a terrifying discovery… Ching has the misfortune to be suffering renal failure and needs an urgent transplant to live and have a normal relationship with the man she loves. Little does she know however, that the women she has befriended is not who she seems to be.

    A stylish and kinetic ride into darkness, Koma intricately weaves its way to a jaw dropping, heart-stopping climax as Ching finds herself on a white-knuckle ride to save her life.
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    Professional Review of "Koma (2004) (DVD) (UK Version)"

    January 22, 2013

    This professional review refers to Koma (2004) (VCD) (Hong Kong Version)
    Koma- A Roller-Coaster Watching Experience

    Awarded as Outstanding New Director at the 22nd Hong Kong Film Awards for his masterpiece Inner Senses, director Law Chi-leung comes up with a whim in naming his 2004 production: Koma. In German koma means the same as coma in English. Laden with another definition of scream, Koma is obviously set to give you the creeps.

    Gathering the star power provided by two award-winning actresses Angelica Lee from The Eye and Karena Lam from Inner Senses, Leung tells us in his own words how his latest work differs from these two previous acclaimed thrillers.

    Leung: Koma is actually nothing like The Eye and Inner Senses. They all make you scream but Koma, unlike the other two thrillers, does not scare you with ghosts. Dark and moody like a nightmare waiting to occur, this movie offers a roller-coaster ride that keeps the audience glued to the screen anticipating the next steep slopes or sharp curves to arrive.

    Is Koma anything similar to your previous work Inner Senses?

    Leung: Not at all. Inner Senses has done so well that it became a blockbuster on the European market and its remake copyright in the U.S. is still under negotiation. Its success, however, made me reluctant to make any similar movie at first. But one day my boss came to me with an excellent idea that we might cast two actresses this time instead of having the typical co-ed combination. I was absolutely thrilled by this and no longer stuck to the first script with barely six scenes. Considering the cast, Angelica Lee and Karena Lam were definitely the first two choices on my mind. Blurring the line between who the victim and the culprit is has been so much fun and challenging that the scriptwriter and I only spent five hours to come up with thirty complete scenes.

    Would it have been hard for you to find another pair of young actresses who can act as brilliantly as Angelica and Karena?

    Leung: Absolutely. It was also wonderful to see them build up such a strong friendship before the movie was actually shot. Since both of them are not native Cantonese speakers, we spent one whole month to do the rehearsal and that was when these two became close friends. For example, in one scene we needed Karena to rend the air with cries in the police station after learning that both her mother and her best friend have passed away. I aimed at completing the shot in one take and Karena managed beautifully. Karena was always the first to rush to her partner and give her a towel after each take. Anyway, it is so rare and lucky for us to have had a pair of actresses who have put their unselfish hearts on helping each other on and off the screen instead of vying for more lines or better shots.

    Anything special on the filming?

    Leung: Rather than being desperate to make a movie as good as Inner Senses, this time I just wanted to make a good movie. To shed the impression that Koma is nothing but a sequel to Inner Senses, I have altered the monotone lighting and enriched my palette with flourishing colours. It is no longer the darkness but the beautifully-choreographed daytime that provides the scary moments. Unlike the slow mystery in Inner Senses, I have used a large number of actors and camera motions in Koma to create more exaggerated close-up shots.

    Source: City Entertainment (Hong Kong)

    Reviewed by He Ma

    Translated by Holly (Hong Kong)

    June 8, 2004

    This professional review refers to Koma (2004) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
    Koma- A Roller-Coaster Watching Experience

    Awarded as Outstanding New Director at the 22nd Hong Kong Film Awards for his masterpiece Inner Senses, director Law Chi-leung comes up with a whim in naming his 2004 production: Koma. In German koma means the same as coma in English. Laden with another definition of scream, Koma is obviously set to give you the creeps.

    Gathering the star power provided by two award-winning actresses Angelica Lee from The Eye and Karena Lam from Inner Senses, Leung tells us in his own words how his latest work differs from these two previous acclaimed thrillers.

    Leung: Koma is actually nothing like The Eye and Inner Senses. They all make you scream but Koma, unlike the other two thrillers, does not scare you with ghosts. Dark and moody like a nightmare waiting to occur, this movie offers a roller-coaster ride that keeps the audience glued to the screen anticipating the next steep slopes or sharp curves to arrive.

    Is Koma anything similar to your previous work Inner Senses?

    Leung: Not at all. Inner Senses has done so well that it became a blockbuster on the European market and its remake copyright in the U.S. is still under negotiation. Its success, however, made me reluctant to make any similar movie at first. But one day my boss came to me with an excellent idea that we might cast two actresses this time instead of having the typical co-ed combination. I was absolutely thrilled by this and no longer stuck to the first script with barely six scenes. Considering the cast, Angelica Lee and Karena Lam were definitely the first two choices on my mind. Blurring the line between who the victim and the culprit is has been so much fun and challenging that the scriptwriter and I only spent five hours to come up with thirty complete scenes.

    Would it have been hard for you to find another pair of young actresses who can act as brilliantly as Angelica and Karena?

    Leung: Absolutely. It was also wonderful to see them build up such a strong friendship before the movie was actually shot. Since both of them are not native Cantonese speakers, we spent one whole month to do the rehearsal and that was when these two became close friends. For example, in one scene we needed Karena to rend the air with cries in the police station after learning that both her mother and her best friend have passed away. I aimed at completing the shot in one take and Karena managed beautifully. Karena was always the first to rush to her partner and give her a towel after each take. Anyway, it is so rare and lucky for us to have had a pair of actresses who have put their unselfish hearts on helping each other on and off the screen instead of vying for more lines or better shots.

    Anything special on the filming?

    Leung: Rather than being desperate to make a movie as good as Inner Senses, this time I just wanted to make a good movie. To shed the impression that Koma is nothing but a sequel to Inner Senses, I have altered the monotone lighting and enriched my palette with flourishing colours. It is no longer the darkness but the beautifully-choreographed daytime that provides the scary moments. Unlike the slow mystery in Inner Senses, I have used a large number of actors and camera motions in Koma to create more exaggerated close-up shots.

    Source: City Entertainment (Hong Kong)

    Reviewed by He Ma

    Translated by Holly (Hong Kong)

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    Customer Review of "Koma (2004) (DVD) (UK Version)"

    Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 7 - 7.3 out of 10 (16)

    Anonymous

    October 1, 2004

    This customer review refers to Koma (2004) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
    twisted and psycho Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10
    I can say it's not the best movie but it's something new, never seen those kind movie before with same plot, it's not too scary but it twist your mind, it's not a horror movie with "ghost" element, but it's a horror movie with "metnally breaking down" effects. I don't quite like it, but it's a pretty good movie if anyone prefers those kind movie.
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    Anonymous

    August 31, 2004

    This customer review refers to Koma (2004) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
    Thrills of the real "Koma" Customer Review Rated Bad 7 - 7 out of 10
    Who needs "Koma"? Who wants "Koma"? Who survives from the "Koma"? All or nothing between the 2 lead actresses Karena Lam & Angelica Lee til the very end. A decent H.K. thriller flick that I would recommend to see. Heavily focus on the charactor development between the two lead actresses with a strong thrilling mystery involved. This film also shows the thin line between ugliness and graciousness human been behavior can occur thru out the entired movie. I thought it's idea was "brilliant". It sure did gave some sparks to all the audients. I have to mention this is "not" a horror film, it's a thriller. However, you will find a deep true horror thrill at the very end. And that's the real "Koma".
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    Best Review
    Anonymous

    August 23, 2004

    This customer review refers to Koma (2004) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
    Angelica Best Female Film Star Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
    I watched this movie late at night and by myself. The result I love it, very refreshing, many twist, acting was execellent by both actresses. If you like The Eye, you will love KOMA, not as scary but the story line was surprising good. 8 out of 10 for entertainment for me.
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    Anonymous

    August 14, 2004

    This customer review refers to Koma (2004) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
    Good actress and soundeffect Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
    Koma has a very simple plot and actually there is not much surprises in it. The strength of this movie are the acting of the two major character Karena Lam and Angelica Lee. In my opinion two differnt type of personality that clicks well in this movie. Good choice. Not to mention the soundeffect, it was well done but a bit like the most horor movie in Hollywood.
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    July 27, 2004

    This customer review refers to Koma (2004) (VCD) (Hong Kong Version)
    What happened here? Customer Review Rated Bad 1 - 1 out of 10
    This is a flick with nice shots and angles. The acting was good but the story was oh so lame. The core of the plot is the old urban legend of someone waking up in a tub of ice and finding a note that says to call 911 (whatever # your contry uses for emergencies) because I've removed one of your organs. Now in this case, the organ of choice is the kidney. There's not much guess work at all as to who the killer is/are. It's pretty apparent from the beginning. SPOLER-->But the hole in the plot for me was that the killer is a doctor. And they just do it for the money. Now correct me if I'm wrong, but don't doctors already make tons of money???
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