Hungry Ghost Ritual (2014) (DVD) (2-Disc Edition) (Hong Kong Version) DVD Region 3
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|Product Title:||Hungry Ghost Ritual (2014) (DVD) (2-Disc Edition) (Hong Kong Version) 盂蘭神功 (2014) (DVD) (雙碟版) (香港版) 盂兰神功 (2014) (DVD) (双碟版) (香港版) 盂蘭神功 (2014) (DVD) (Wディスク版) (香港版) D Hungry Ghost Ritual (2014) (DVD) (2-Disc Edition) (Hong Kong Version)|
|Artist Name(s):||Nick Cheung (Actor) | Carrie Ng (Actor) | Lam Wai (Actor) | Annie Liu (Actor) | Cathryn Li (Actor) 張 家輝 (Actor) | 吳家麗 (Actor) | 林威 (Actor) | 劉 心悠 (Actor) | 李 元玲 (Actor) 张 家辉 (Actor) | 吴家丽 (Actor) | 林威 (Actor) | 刘 心悠 (Actor) | 李 元玲 (Actor) 張家輝 （ニック・チョン） (Actor) | 呉家麗（キャリー・ン） (Actor) | 林偉（ラム・ワイ） (Actor) | 劉心悠 （アニー・リウ） (Actor) | Cathryn Li (Actor) Nick Cheung (Actor) | Carrie Ng (Actor) | Lam Wai (Actor) | Annie Liu (Actor) | Cathryn Li (Actor)|
|Director:||Nick Cheung 張 家輝 张 家辉 張家輝 （ニック・チョン） Nick Cheung|
|Subtitles:||English, Traditional Chinese|
|Place of Origin:||Hong Kong|
|Picture Format:||NTSC What is it?|
|Aspect Ratio:||1.78 : 1, Widescreen|
|Sound Information:||DTS Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1|
|Disc Format(s):||DVD, DVD-5|
|Region Code:||3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?|
|Publisher:||CN Entertainment Ltd.|
|Package Weight:||120 (g)|
|Shipment Unit:||1 What is it?|
|YesAsia Catalog No.:||1036567093|
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It’s the ghost horror film directed by Nick Cheung Ka Fai, the HK Film Award winner; starring Nick Cheung, Annie Liu Sum Yau and Carrie Ng Ka Lai.
Chung Wah (Nick Cheung) is appointed to take over the Chinese Opera from his father, who was sick at hospital and Chung Wah is warned to be careful during the Hungry Ghost Featival. Thereafter, Chung Wah has been seeing horrible scenery and ghostly figures at home, at backstage and everywhere. A series f chilling events have just begun….
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Popular Hong Kong actor Nick Cheung, who recently won multiple awards for his role in Dante Lam's MMA drama Unbeatable, steps behind the camera for the first time with Hungry Ghost Ritual. As its title suggests, the film is a supernatural tale deeply rooted in traditional lore and culture, with Cheung starring in the lead role himself as an unfortunate man plagued by ghosts after taking on the running of an opera troupe.
Cheung plays Zong Hua, the film opening with him returning home to Malaysia after a failed business venture in China, moving back in with his father Xiaotian (Lam Wai), who runs a Cantonese opera troupe, and his half-sister Jing Jing (Cathryn Lee), who isn't exactly happy to see him return. After his father is taken ill, Zong Hua reluctantly agrees to take over the troupe, despite the other members being against his appointment. Supported only by Xiao Yan (Annie Liu), Zong Hua tries to learn the ropes, though it soon becomes clear that something other-worldly is lurking in the shadows, and with the midsummer Hungry Ghost Festival approaching, he tries to get to the bottom of the strange occurrences that seem to be following him.
Genre fans should be happy that like Simon Yam with recent anthology Tales from the Dark, Nick Cheung has chosen horror for his directorial debut, as Hungry Ghost Ritual is a very respectable effort which harks back to the glory days of Hong Kong spooky cinema. Certainly, the film comes at a time when Hong Kong and China aren't exactly providing horror outings either in terms of quantity or quality, and benefits from a strong focus on traditional beliefs and superstitions, something which sets it apart from other more Hollywood influenced efforts. The films rich and fascinating cultural underpinnings are very much at the fore, and while this might mean that local audiences get more out of some scenes and references, Cheung packs in more than enough creepiness to please fright fans in general.
Mixing an ominous atmosphere with a variety of scares, the film sees him showing confidence as a first time director, and manages some genuinely eerie moments and fun jumps, which are all the more effective for their lack of explanation, some vague nods at karma aside. Possession and dire visions are the main terror techniques here, and Cheung gets solid mileage from scenes of twisting limbs, inappropriately deep voices and the usual cliches - though perhaps a little familiar, the film is enjoyable precisely for being a throwback rather than yet another long haired vengeful ghost saga. As well as other films, Cheung also draws upon urban legends for his shocks, in addition to real life incidents, most notably in a disturbing elevator sequence which recalls the CCTV video of the unfortunate Elisa Lam which did the rounds on the internet in 2013.
It's just as well that Cheung proves himself a decent choreographer of ghoulish set pieces, as there's really not much else to Hungry Ghost Ritual, the film suffering from a sketchy script and an underdeveloped plot. The narrative is fine, though scarcely different to that of countless similarly themed films from the past couple of decades, and while it holds the interest, this is mainly due to the viewer's expectations of the next coming fright rather than through actually caring about the nondescript characters. Cheung does try to inject a little emotion into things via a possible romance between Zong Hua and the often possessed Xiao Yan, though this sadly falls flat, and it's hard to imagine anyone actually wondering about what will happen to either of them, as s couple or otherwise.
Of course, this is usually the way of things with the horror genre, and so it's probably a bit harsh to mark down Cheung too much for this particular failing, especially given that the film is his debut feature. On the whole, Hungry Ghost Ritual is good, old-fashioned horror entertainment, and what it might lack in ambition or substance it makes up for in culturally grounded menace, Cheung showing an impressive grasp of the genre.
by James Mudge - EasternKicks.com
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