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Mortician (2013) (VCD) (Hong Kong Version) VCD

Bao Bei Er (Actor) | Jim Chim (Actor) | Janice Man (Actor) | Stanley Fung (Actor)
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Mortician (2013) (VCD) (Hong Kong Version)
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Mortician is a heartfelt story about life and death wrapped in the package of a horror comedy produced by Man Cheun and director Cub Qian ( Lost on Journey, A Happy Chinese New Year). The film revolves around a timid mortician who lost his ability to laugh, but in his line of work he encounters kindhearted yet odd people who help him become a better person and overcome his childhood fears.

Due to injuries to his nerve system, orphan Siu Bo (Bao Bei'er) lost his ability to laugh when he was young. Feeling guilty for what happened, his uncle Qing Song (Kim Chim) arranges a position for him in a funeral home in the city. Haunted by what he sees every night there, he braves his fears with the support of his uncle who always reminds him of the meaning of their work for the deceased. Along the way, he also finds a way to cope with death when it finally knocks on his door.

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Product Title: Mortician (2013) (VCD) (Hong Kong Version) 臨終囧事 (2013) (VCD) (香港版) 临终囧事 (2013) (VCD) (香港版) 臨終囧事 (2013) (VCD) (香港版) Mortician (2013) (VCD) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Bao Bei Er (Actor) | Jim Chim (Actor) | Janice Man (Actor) | Stanley Fung (Actor) | Lam Tze Chung (Actor) | Kristy Yang (Actor) | Jing Gang Shan (Actor) | Mo Xiao Qi (Actor) 包貝爾 (Actor) | 詹瑞文 (Actor) | 文詠珊 (Actor) | 馮淬帆 (Actor) | 林子聰 (Actor) | 楊恭如 (Actor) | 景崗山 (Actor) | 莫 小棋 (Actor) 包贝尔 (Actor) | 詹瑞文 (Actor) | 文咏珊 (Actor) | 冯淬帆 (Actor) | 林子聪 (Actor) | 杨恭如 (Actor) | 景岗山 (Actor) | 莫 小棋 (Actor) バオ・ベイアル (Actor) | 詹瑞文(ジム・チム) (Actor) | 文詠珊 (ジャニス・マン) (Actor) | 馮淬帆(スタンリー・フォン) (Actor) | 林子聰(ラム・ジーチョン) (Actor) | 楊恭如 (クリスティン・ヤン) (Actor) | Jing Gang Shan (Actor) | Mo Xiao Qi (Actor) Bao Bei Er (Actor) | Jim Chim (Actor) | Janice Man (Actor) | Stanley Fung (Actor) | Lam Tze Chung (Actor) | Kristy Yang (Actor) | Jing Gang Shan (Actor) | Mo Xiao Qi (Actor)
Director: Cub Qian 錢 江漢 钱 江汉 Cub Qian Cub Qian
Producer: Man Chuen 文雋 文隽 文雋(マンフレッド・ウォン) Man Chuen
Release Date: 2014-03-21
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: Traditional Chinese
Place of Origin: China
Disc Format(s): VCD
Rating: IIB
Publisher: Panorama (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1035329420

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Director: Qian Jiang Han

While walking from his small village to his uncle Li Qingsong’s isolated house in Yunnan, young Niu Xiaobo suffers a strange accident. His facial muscles are damaged irreparably, leaving him completely incapable of smiling. Niu becomes a pariah in the village and Li feels deeply guilty about this. Taking the boy with him Li decides to go to big city to look for work and start afresh. They find positions at a mysterious funeral parlor. Strange, inexplicable things begin to occur. Niu is terrified, unsure if he is seeing things. On the other hand, Li takes his work with enthusiasm. He believes that serving the dead has just as much social value as serving those who are alive. He comes out with many way to make the funerals as perfect as possible. He aims to send the dead peacefully on their way and give their relatives peace of mind. He never considers the possibility that one of the dead bodies might actually be alive… Li and Niu encounter many bizarre things at the funeral parlor, confronting daily the realties and mysteries of mortality. But when death finally finds them, will they have the strength to laugh?
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Professional Review of "Mortician (2013) (VCD) (Hong Kong Version)"

June 17, 2014

This professional review refers to Mortician (2013) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Pseudo-horror-comedy Mortician got a limited Hong Kong theatrical release months after its mainland berth despite the fact that it's pedigree is so Hong Kong rich. Producer-writer Manfred Wong and planner Raymond Yip are long-familiar names, while director Cub Chien cut his teeth on Hong Kong films Scare 2 Death and The Vampire Who Admires Me. The former was a straight horror film and the latter a Wong Jing-produced genre mix, but Mortician diverts even further, and becomes something like a B-grade version of award-winning Japanese film Departures. Calling it that may be an exaggeration but Mortician easily trumps expectations and is better than its marketing and cast suggest.

Right away, the film announces that it isn't a horror film with a throwaway gag about a cab driver (Lam Chi-Chung) picking up a stereotypical long-haired Asian female ghost – only it turns out that she really isn't one. Debunking of genre expectations complete, the film moves onto its main story: Niu Xiaobo (mainland comedian Baobeier) was once struck by lightning when crossing paths with the funeral business run by his mortician uncle Li Qingsong (Jim Chim). As an adult, Xiaobo can't smile due to nerve damage from the lightning incident, and Qingsong blames himself. Qingsong takes it upon himself to care for Xiaobo, and hires him to work in his China-located funeral parlor, a full-service outfit where bodies are stored before being given ornate funerals and cremated.

At first, Xiaobo has a tough time adjusting, and sometimes scares himself while wandering around the vast, spooky funeral parlor. However, he soon becomes acquainted with young and always-masked mortician Bai Yujie (Janice Man) and long-tenured employee Mr. Wang (Stanley Fung). There are misunderstandings and minor conflicts, but ultimately Xiaobo learns each person's story before starting to write his own. And that's it. Mortician is basically a light character drama with small stories about the people working at or passing through the funeral parlor. Not all the stories are successful – one subplot about an obnoxious CEO who fakes his own death is especially insufferable – but the film finds poignancy in Xiaobo's maturation and in his relationships. There's some explanatory voiceover along the way but some things are done wordlessly, a rewarding development for viewers who actually pay attention.

Mortician is somewhat of a bait-and-switch, in that it uses horror tricks to tell a non-horror tale, but that doesn't mean the movie is bad. Actually, the horror technique is surprisingly solid. Cub Chien uses old HK Cinema tricks like wide-angle lenses and spooky blue lighting, and smartly creates tension in some scenes. Since this isn't really a horror film, there aren't any real scares though some imagery can be intense. The cast is fine; Baobeier is a likable lead, while Jim Chim uses his overacting to actually add layers to his character. Mortician may not fully satisfy; its plot turns are not really commercial ones and indeed, the whole thing feels so minor as to be needless. But there's a surprising, low-key humanism to the film, not unlike what was found in a few of the Troublesome Night films from the nineties. Those films were B-grade diversions but some in their number managed surprise and even depth. Saying the same of Mortician would not be a stretch.

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