Any Other Side (2012) (VCD) (Hong Kong Version) VCD
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Five friends meet at a bar on the night of Halloween. They take turns to tell spooky stories to each other. In "Lost", a crippled woman finds herself terrorized by a mysterious killer.... In "One Way Street", a journalist and his little daughter are lost in the twilight zone of time.... In "Nurse on Duty", a doctor must escape from an isolated hospital overrun by zombies....
|Product Title:||Any Other Side (2012) (VCD) (Hong Kong Version) 夜店詭談 (2012) (VCD) (香港版) 夜店诡谈 (2012) (VCD) (香港版) 夜店詭談 (2012) (VCD) (香港版) Any Other Side (2012) (VCD) (Hong Kong Version)|
|Also known as:||Nightclub Suspense Tale / Nightclub School Hospital 夜店鬼談 夜店鬼谈 Nightclub Suspense Tale / Nightclub School Hospital Nightclub Suspense Tale / Nightclub School Hospital|
|Artist Name(s):||Chrissie Chau (Actor) | Van Fan (Actor) | Deng Jia Jia (Actor) | Kingdom Yuen (Actor) | Zhao Ying Jun (Actor) | Jill Hsu (Actor) | Yida Huang (Actor) | Qi Yu Wu (Actor) 周秀娜 (Actor) | 范逸臣 (Actor) | 鄧 家佳 (Actor) | 苑 瓊丹 (Actor) | 趙英俊 (Actor) | 徐潔兒 (Actor) | 黃義達 (Actor) | 戚玉武 (Actor) 周秀娜 (Actor) | 范逸臣 (Actor) | 邓 家佳 (Actor) | 苑 琼丹 (Actor) | 赵英俊 (Actor) | 徐洁儿 (Actor) | 黄义达 (Actor) | 戚玉武 (Actor) 周秀娜 （クリッシー・チャウ） (Actor) | 范逸臣（ファン・イーチェン） (Actor) | ドン・ジアジア (Actor) | 苑瓊丹（ユン・キンタン） (Actor) | Zhao Ying Jun (Actor) | Jill Hsu (Actor) | 黄義達（イーダ・ホァン） (Actor) | チー・ユーウー (Actor) Chrissie Chau (Actor) | Van Fan (Actor) | Deng Jia Jia (Actor) | Kingdom Yuen (Actor) | Zhao Ying Jun (Actor) | Jill Hsu (Actor) | Yida Huang (Actor) | Qi Yu Wu (Actor)|
|Director:||Fang Ya Xi 方 亚熙 方 亚熙 Fang Ya Xi Fang Ya Xi|
|Subtitles:||English, Traditional Chinese|
|Place of Origin:||Hong Kong|
|Publisher:||Vicol Entertainment Ltd. (HK)|
|Package Weight:||120 (g)|
|Shipment Unit:||1 What is it?|
|YesAsia Catalog No.:||1030941189|
Cartoonist Dean (Van Fan) also as an amateur part-time DJ in the Butterfly Bar, with friends Emily (Chrissie Chau), Li Wei (Oi Yu Wu), Purple culvert (Jill Hsu), Deer (Deng Jia Jia) hang out. Due to Deer's boyfriend Liang (Huang Yi Da) was missing here two years ago, few people seem to be preoccupied by some troubles, it seems that something secret is hiding in the club. Li Wei Looked at his crush on ogle of Emily and Dean. As a forensic, was immersed in" memories of murder"...
Are the six people living in their dreaming stories? Or they are only the characters in Dean's comic? Are there any boundaries between reality and fantasy? Who is the dominator of the stories?
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Also known by the decidedly more fitting name Nightclub Suspense Tale, Any Other Side is another Chinese omnibus of ghostly tales of the weird and supernatural, marking the debut of writer director Fang Yaxi (aka Captain Fang). Featuring three tangentially linked stories, the genre outing boasts a top eye candy cast of popular young actors and actresses, including the gorgeous Hong Kong actress model Chrissie Chau (Hong Kong Ghost Stories), Taiwanese star and singer Van Fan (Cape No. 7), Singaporean actor Qi Yuwu (Painted Skin), up and coming Mainland starlet Deng Jiajia (Double Trouble) and singer Yida Huang.
The film revolves around a framing device of a group of 5 friends meeting in a nightclub and sharing spooky stories over a few drinks. "Lost" comes first, following Chrissie Chau as a young wheelchair bound woman being menaced in her house by a raincoat wearing killer, who she believes has killed her twin sister and who just happens to be her husband (Van Fan). Next up is "One Way Street", with Van appearing this time as a journalist who takes his daughter on an evening drive, and after making a short cut down a misty one way country road ends up caught in a strange time loop and running into a mysterious young woman played by Jill Hsu (Always Smile). Finally, the viewer is thrown into the madness of "Nurse on Duty" in which Deng Jiajia stars as a nurse whose first night on duty sees her being confronted with zombies, insanity and musical set pieces, not to mention Hong Kong 1990s comedy veteran Yuen King Tan (who appeared in more than 10 films a year at the height of her career).
Any Other Side really is quite an oddball outing, the three half hour segments ranging from the quirky to the flat out gibberish. Things start off sensibly enough, with "Lost" being an interesting little tale, and though its twists are manipulative it works pretty well as an enjoyable slice of psycho schlock, Chrissie Chau making the most of her shifting double role. Although "One Way Only" veers from horror and into Twilight Zone style shenanigans, with a plot that resembles Nacho Vigalondo's Timecrimes, it makes for a similar amount of fun, with some amusingly constructed twists and turns along the way to its conclusion. Whilst there aren't many actual frights in either, both pack in enough creepy action and silliness to hold the interest.
"Nurse on Duty" however, is a different matter entirely, its seemingly simple premise masking 30 minutes of nonsensical, far out wackiness that sees Deng Jiajia having bizarre encounters with apparently zombified patients, Freddy Kruger, Jason Vorhees, a clutch of Hollywood superheroes and even Michael Jackson - the latter resulting in a medley of music and dance. Added to this are some absolutely non-regulation sexy nurse uniforms being modelled by Deng Jiajia and Chrissie Chau and a broad line in eccentric humour, making the segment really quite hard to believe, in a way which some viewers will warm to while leaving others scratching their heads in utter bewilderment, not least due to its curious and off target attempt to weave the tale into the framing device.
The film gets a real boost from what appears to have been a much higher budget than most Chinese genre efforts of late, giving it a far more professional and glossy look than might have been expected. Fang Yaxi does a decent enough job in the director's chair, showing far more coherence and common sense than he does as a writer and the film generally moves along at a decent pace. The idea of having the cast play different characters in each segment proves effective, tying in quite neatly with the urban stories element, and though the framing device itself was presumably only included as a way round the Chinese censors (underlining the fact that the supernatural elements are only part of tall tales), it's never too laboured.
Any Other Side is definitely better than expected, and though wildly uneven in tone is one of the more enjoyable and accomplished Chinese genre outings of the last year. Viewers satisfied with watching a good looking cast getting thrust into odd situations should certainly find enough to pass the time quite amiably, and though Fang Yaxi never produces anything outstanding, the film is pleasing and well-done in its own modest way.
by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com