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Amanda Lee (Actor) | Chui Tien You (Actor) | Steven Cheung (Actor) | Don Li (Actor)
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The Haunted School (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
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Produced by Andrew Lau, the co-director of the Infernal Affairs series, The Haunted School pools together a group of rising idols in Hong Kong, including Tsui Tin Yau of Shine, Steven Cheung and Dennis Mak of Sun Boy'z, Toby Leung and Macy Chan from Life is Beautiful, Theresa Fu from Cookies, and Don Li. Singer Amanda Lee, away from the entertainment circle for years, returns as the school's dean of discipline. Director Chin Man Kei employs various techniques in editing and sound effects to spice up this teen horror flick, making it different from other Hong Kong films in the same genre.

Years ago Lap Lan Secondary School burned down, but the body of the school's infamous dean of discipline was never found. Since then ghost stories about the school have been circulated, from mysterious silhouettes on the wall to students being called to an office that no longer exists. When four young and handsome boys join the girl's school under the new education policy, the girls are overjoyed, ignoring the school's "no dating" rule. But what starts as puppy love awakens a curse buried in The Haunted School 10 years ago!

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Product Title: The Haunted School (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) 校墓處 (DVD) (香港版) 校墓处 (DVD) (香港版) 校墓處 (香港版) The Haunted School (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Amanda Lee (Actor) | Chui Tien You (Actor) | Steven Cheung (Actor) | Don Li (Actor) | Theresa Fu | Macy Chan | Toby Leung | Dennis Mak 李蕙敏 (Actor) | 徐天佑 (Actor) | 張致恆 (Actor) | 李逸朗 (Actor) | 傅穎 | 陳美詩 | 梁靖琪 | 麥子豪 李蕙敏 (Actor) | 徐天佑 (Actor) | 张致恒 (Actor) | 李逸朗 (Actor) | 傅颖 | 陈美诗 | 梁靖琪 | 麦子豪 李蕙敏 (アマンダ・リー) (Actor) | 徐天佑(チョイ・ティンヤウ) (Actor) | スティーブン・チョン (Actor) | 李逸朗(ドン・リー) (Actor) | 傅穎(テレサ・フー) | 陳美詩(メイシー・チャン) | 梁靖[王其](トビー・リョン) | Dennis Mak Amanda Lee (Actor) | Chui Tien You (Actor) | Steven Cheung (Actor) | Don Li (Actor) | Theresa Fu | Macy Chan | Toby Leung | Dennis Mak
Director: Cash Chin 錢文錡 钱文錡 Cash Chin Cash Chin
Release Date: 2007-04-27
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Place of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: NTSC 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: All Region What is it?
Rating: IIB
Publisher: Joy Sales (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1004705468

Product Information

* Screen Format: 16:9 Anamorphic Widescreen
* Sound Mix:
- Cantonese: DTS, Dolby Digital 5.1
- Mandarin: Dolby Digital 5.1
* DVD Type: DVD-9
* Special Features:
- 預告片 Trailers
- 製作特輯 Making Of

導演︰錢文錡
Director: Chin Man Kei

自十年前納蘭中學經歷過一場火災後,牆上無故出現像人影似的污蹟,夜半又傳出歌聲,各種可怕的鬼怪傳說在學校裡流傳。

在教育政策下,高強、查理、賓仔和阿狄被派到納蘭中學這間女校,沉悶的寄宿女校亦因男生的出現一下子變得鬧哄哄。戀愛和叛逆是年青人的權利,無論訓導主任方小姐如何禁止也沒用。在一次男女生暗地裡開的派對之後,眾人的感情更是突飛猛進,而就在情到濃時,隱藏了十年的追魂詛咒也啟動了。

阿狄、阿絲、阿cat離奇失蹤死亡,令高強和逸敏陷於崩潰邊緣,決定挑戰「嚴禁談戀愛」這條違反天理的校規。此時,因火災而消失了的校務處又再次出現,訓導主任的冤魂靜靜地步出,一步一步的逼近…

Since Lap Lan Secondary School had undergo a fire ten years ago. Without any reasons there are always a silhouette show on the wall and someone is singing in the middle of the night. All different kind of scary and horrible rumors are spread around the school. Lap Lan Secondary School is a girl school, however, under the education policy, Goh Keung, Charles, Ben and Dick are assigned to Lap Lan Secondary School to continuous their secondary school education. Four boys among the boring boarding school girl, which make their school life full of excitement. Love and rebellion are the given right of the youngster. Dick, Ah Sze and Cat are missing and found dead bizarrely. The incident has make Goh Keung and Yat Man almost cracking down. They decided to challenge the rule of [Forbidden to Fall in Love] which is the unreasonable school regulation to against the nature of love. At the mean time, the old school office which is damage by the blaze ten years ago has show up again and the ghost of the Dean of the school is stepping out from nowhere, closer and closer...step by step...
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May 8, 2007

A bunch of semi-hot idols get freaked out in The Haunted School, a so-so teen horror flick produced by the guy who directed the film that inspired The Departed. Infernal Affairs co-director Andrew Lau had a hand in this deadly-generic genre entry, though it's former exploitation king "Cash" Chin Man-Kei who's at the helm. Chin certainly seems to have learned from Lau; Haunted School is full of flashy editing tricks and completely superfluous style. Shock sound effects, overamped screams, MTV-style flashes and cuts - Chin employs a full repertoire of stylish film technique in an attempt to jazz up this tired genre. He partly succeeds; Haunted School is egregiously stylish, which could amuse ADD-addled audiences looking for more than the usual slow-moving Asian horror fare. Whether or not you should see the film is relative to what you're expecting. Those looking for transcendent Asian horror should look elsewhere, while those looking for afterschool time killing with similarly-uniformed high school friends may be partially amused. However, regardless of who you are, this is not a good film.

The action picks up at an all-girls school which is about to get four new students. The problem: they're all boys. The arrival of Hon-Keung (Tsui Tin-Yau of Shine), Dick (Steven Cheung of Sun Boy'z), Ben (Dennis Mak of Sun Boy'z) and Charlie (EEG product Don Li) sends the all-girl student body into a tizzy, but stern teacher Miss Fong (Amande Lee) vehemently disapproves. She cites the school's many strangely stringent rules, including one that forbids the students from falling in love. However, the rules have more to them than a punishment of detention; the school actually has a mysterious tragic history tied to the rules, which is spelled out rather explicitly in the film's opening credits. Basically, you break a rule and some ghostly spectre of the school comes after you, usually resulting in your untimely death and the appearance of a black person-shaped shadow on the school lobby wall. Each day a cleaning lady tries to wipe off the shadow, but it never seems to disappear. One would think that little fact would make everybody leave the school right away, but it seems the school has still been in business for twenty-plus years with disturbing person-shaped shadows clinging to the walls. Parents: please do better research when choosing schools for your kids.

Once kids start getting offed, it's apparent that people better take these rules seriously. That the rules run counter to your usual youth activities - dating, smoking, generally acting rebellious - offers up some decent suspense in Haunted School. That suspense, however, is usually negated by the bombastic style, which basically telegraphs whatever ill fortune is about to occur. Fast cutting, screen flashes, and plenty of bloodcurdling screams all combine to make this one of the most tiring teen horror films around. Even more, the characters themselves aren't interesting enough to make what happens to them matter. Their conflicts and issues are routine, and when they start falling in love, one is hard pressed to care. When Charlie breaks into the girls dormitory to tell Cat (Kelly Fu) that he loves her, the resulting syrupy confession of affection borders on nauseating. Likewise, the budding romance between Hon-Keung and frigid head prefect Yat-Man (Theresa Fu of Cookies) isn't very interesting either. The two are probably the most watchable in this group of young idols (sorry Steven of Boy'z, but you lose this battle), but their pairing feels like just another requirement on whatever genre checklist the filmmakers devised. Some creativity or surprise would be welcome, but there seems to be none on offer here.

Still, it's not all disappointing if one remembers what they're watching. Haunted School is routine stuff, and hits many of its marks well enough that viewers who dig this exact genre may find the proceedings to be passably diverting. There are the occasional freaky images, and Menfond Digital's work is effective when it's not cheesy or fake-looking. Also, there's always some guilty pleasure in watching teen idols get offed one by one. Those who go in with the proper expectations will probably not be disappointed by Haunted School. Unfortunately, those expectations aren't very high, and having those lowered expectations pretty much means that you expect to pay money for a middling-to-poor movie experience. The ability to appreciate bad movies is virtually required if you expect to tolerate Haunted School. Either that, or you must be so enamored of one or more of these idols that you'll watch them in nearly anything. As there are two members of Sun Boy'z (Steven Cheung and Dennis Mak) and also two members of the now-defunct Life is Beautiful (Toby Leung and Macy Chan), one suspects that attracting these types of moviegoers was exactly what the filmmakers intended. Which ultimately means that Haunted School is probably not for most of us.

by Kozo - LoveHKFilm.com

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