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Shawn Yue (Actor) | Stephy Tang (Actor) | Danny Pang (Director)
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In Love With The Dead (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
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The title is a dead giveaway that something is amiss, but director Danny Pang keeps the audience guessing to the end in his latest supernatural suspense In Love with the Dead. Another signature work from the prolific masters of horror, this Pang Brothers production pairs two of Hong Kong's brightest young stars, box office favorite Stephy Tang (Love is Not All Around) and heartthrob Shawn Yue (Infernal Affairs 2) for their first collaboration since Feel 100% 2003. The auteurs of atmosphere strike the perfect combination of eerie lighting, moody music, and austere art design to tell a horrifying, yet heartfelt story of extreme love. Though still dealing with inner and outer ghosts, the film's balance of melodrama and macabre is markedly different from the Pangs' previous works, showing that the brothers are constantly redefining their arsenal and the genre in the process. In Love with the Dead's young leads deliver performances that are genuinely chilling and touching, with Stephy Tang in particular making a breakthrough in her acting. The film also co-stars newcomer Yoka Yue and talented child actress Zeng Qiqi from Re-cycle, as well as Patrick Tam (Beast Cops), television star Raymond Cho, and veteran actress Kiki Sheung (The Detective).

When Wai (Stephy Tang) is diagnosed with cancer, her loving boyfriend Ming (Shawn Yue) does everything he can to care for her. Along with Wai's little sister Ping (Zeng Qiqi), the family of three try to face the hardships together with brave faces. But as Wai's health slowly deteriorates, her temperament becomes volatile, her actions odd and unnerving, reminding Ping of the ghost stories she likes to read. Bowing to the pressure, Ming takes solace in the company of his heartbroken co-worker Fong (Yoka Yue), forming a painful triangle for all involved. One rainy night, Wai disappears briefly and both Ming and Fong meet accidents. Afterwards, Wai, Fong, and even Ming himself act increasingly strange. Ming begins to suspect that not everyone returned home safely that night.

This edition comes with 5 postcards and a bonus DVD (making of, gala premiere, music video).

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Product Title: In Love With The Dead (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) 塚愛 (DVD) (香港版) 冢爱 (DVD) (香港版) 塚愛 (DVD) (香港版) In Love With The Dead (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Shawn Yue (Actor) | Stephy Tang (Actor) 余文樂 (Actor) | 鄧麗欣 (Actor) 余文乐 (Actor) | 邓丽欣 (Actor) 余文樂(ショーン・ユー) (Actor) | 鄧麗欣 (ステフィ・タン) (Actor) 여 문락 (Actor) | Stephy Tang (Actor)
Director: Danny Pang 彭發 彭 发 彭發 (ダニー・パン) Danny Pang
Release Date: 2008-01-25
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: All Region What is it?
Rating: IIB
Duration: 98 (mins)
Publisher: Universe Laser (HK)
Other Information: 2DVDs
Package Weight: 150 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1005138469

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* Screen Format: Widescreen
* Sound Mix: Dolby Digital 5.1
* Special Features:
- 製作特輯 Making Of
- 猛片推介 More Attractions
- 江若琳-錯愛MV Undeserved Love MV
- MV幕後直擊 MV Behind The Scene

導演: 彭發
Director: Pang Fat






Ming and Wai are a couple living together happily. Unfortunately Wai is diagnosed to suffer from pancreatic cancer, but Ming is still deeply in love with her. Sadly, Ming has an affair with his colleague. Ting under the influence of alcohol during a business trip. One day Wai suddenly disappears, Ming is unable to trace Wai but has a car accident. He returns home hopelessly. Wai suddenly and quietly appears next to the door of their house with an odd-looking. Later Wai's body and behavior start to change. At the same time. Unexpected things happen to Ming, too. He is not only smelled like a corpse, his hair falls out like Wai's. And most terrible thing is that he vomits a dozen of living worms!

How does Ming end this unusual triangle relationship? What would happen in the end if love and passion reach the extreme?
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May 8, 2008

Danny Pang returns with In Love With the Dead, his latest solo effort away from brother Oxide, and a film which sees him trying something slightly different from the usual ghostly shenanigans for which he is so well known. Of late, the Pangs' supernatural films, whether working together or separately, have been rather patchy in quality, with their less than stellar Hollywood debut The Messengers and Danny's lacklustre Forest of Death, and so the idea of him taking a stab at a more character driven drama is certainly promising.

After the unfortunate Wai (Stephy Tang also in Love is Not All Around) is diagnosed with cancer, her loving, loyal boyfriend Ming (heart-throb actor Shawn Yue, recently in action blockbuster Invisible Target) swears to take care of her. Inevitably, this proves to be a difficult task, not least since she soon starts acting very strangely, lurking around in their dark flat all day. Disturbed and depressed, Ming falls into the arms of attractive co-worker Fong (Yoka Yue), resulting in even more angst. Living with Ming and Wai is her younger sister Ping, (young actress Zeng Qiqi, who also starred in the Pangs' Re-cycle) who one day remarks that the poor woman looks like a ghost from the horror comics she loves reading. From then on, things take a turn for the sinister, as Ming begins to suspect that she may well be right.

As might be expected for a film dealing with terminal illness, In Love With the Dead is a pretty gloomy affair, for the first half at least, with plenty of agonising, pining and tortured silences. However, although the relationships in the film are believably awkward and unconventional, they are curiously emotionless despite Pang's best efforts to underline every supposedly moving scene with soaring sappy music. Much of this is down to the fact that there is little chemistry between any of the stars, with Ping easily being the most sympathetic character, from whose perspective the best parts of the film are seen. To be fair, and since all of the cast turn in decent performances, it is likely that Pang was aiming for a subtle rather than overtly melodramatic approach, though the film's romantic triangle never really clicks, and as a result the first forty-five minutes or so do tend to drag. This is offset somewhat by a few weird though essentially pointless and misleading events thrown in to spice things up, and a potentially fascinating but woefully undeveloped theme regarding the clash between modern Western-style and traditional Chinese medicine, though even these aren't quite enough to keep the viewer truly engaged. By this point, the film comes across as little more than an even more low key and slow moving companion piece to brother Oxide's Diary (which also starred Yue in another tale of ambiguous hauntings), with worryingly little reason to suspect things will improve.

Thankfully, things pick up immeasurably around the halfway mark after little Ping makes her amusing observation. Certainly, Pang is far more comfortable with the film's supernatural and more leftfield elements, and the pace picks up immediately as it bursts into crazed life with lots of cheap scares and ghostly red herrings. The gloomy, ominous atmosphere, which had until then only served to slow the proceedings down even further, comes to the fore and quite suddenly makes sense, as do several previously innocuous seeming plot points which are now exploited for far more suitable purpose. The question asked earlier in the film - would you do silly things for your beloved? - is finally answered with a resolute "yes" as the plot takes all manner of wacky turns in the lead up to the ghoulish triple twist ending, none of which make much sense, but all of which are highly entertaining. As such, although it is hard to take some of the scares and supposedly sinister occurrences seriously, and the film never comes across as a particularly coherent whole, these latter stages are very enjoyable.

Given this sudden shift in tone, its hard not to think that In Love With the Dead would have benefited considerably had the leaden opening stages been trimmed, or indeed that the whole affair would have worked better as the kind of madcap ghost comedy so popular in Hong Kong during the 1980s - which the film basically resembles aside from its needlessly po-faced approach. However, thanks mainly to a hysterical second half it remains an entertaining and worthwhile slice of supernatural soap opera, which does at least show Pang attempting to branch out somewhat.

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Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 7 - 7 out of 10 (3)

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April 10, 2009

Unexpected story!!! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
The turn of events especially in the ending is really unexpected.

I am so glad i got myself a copy. You will also loved the way Shawn is dedicated to his sick wife and being a devoted husband and a good provider at the same time. But his straying is something is happening because of the inability to be loved back.... but the ending is really something.

GET a copy, worth buying.
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April 23, 2008

Pang in love with the dead... Customer Review Rated Bad 3 - 3 out of 10
I was disappointed when I first realised this was a pang brothers movie. I've noticed that in their recent films they have been increasingly strange and non sensical.

In Love with the Dead certainly made sense even with it's strange elements, but I have to say the result made me sick to my stomach.

I recently watched 'Diary' and the characters in that film portrayed the same manic role. Ahem, alot of issues in both these films seem to be 'Recycle'd from another certain Pang Brothers film...

In Love with the Dead keeps you guessing until the end, but it's not really worth it. I wouldn't watch it again.

Not for the squimish either.
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February 11, 2008

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Shawn of the Dead Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
Considering some of the more manic roles that Shawn portrays, I thought by his character Ming here and of his loving concern for the health of his sick girlfriend Wai, that this was to be Shawn in a more tender and loving mode. Which his character certainly is here, but considering this is also a Danny Pang film, I also considered that Shawn might still be in manic role again here, too?, he certainly is...and when you get to the dramatic and 'in your face' revelation of the truth behind this dark tale of'll find it to be the most manic and twisted part Shawn has played yet.

For a Danny Pang film, this time, this is also quite a juxtaposed genre mix, that in one respect is like a sad TV melodrama by the fatal situation of Wai's terrible disease; a romantic affairs type by Ming having a passionate fling with Chu Fong (an old school friend of Ming and Wai) and the 'sad love story' issues by Fong's need for a heartfelt loving man, and Ming's own deeply frustrated feelings for Wai, as he cares for her with her life threatening illness. It features the creepiness of an horror ghost flick by the inclusion of Wai's kid sister, Ping, and her scary comic and visions of ghosts. And finally, a fatal attraction element when all goes a bit fragmented glass at the latter part, after Wai's disappearance and Ming's car accident (and another bit that I cannot say, as it would be a spoiler), where after this, you're not quite sure who is sick, dead or alive. With the blender then switched to fast mix, you get here a schizoid plot of sickness dependency, closet sex, love, ghosts and displacement issues. It certainly isn't a mere dark tragic romance, TV style. So, although the white back ground cover to the DVD and the loving embrace of Stepy and Shawn's characters could seem like serious romantic aesthetics - it certainly isn't that! Well, its a Pang brothers film, of course, but here there is also a bit of a beast under the bonnet, and a grim film indeed, when you reach the final conclusion. Its not a gory horror flick, but certainly psychologically disturbing (Stephy has some hard bits to project here with her illness) and in essence, is a love story triangle with the supernatural blended into the sombre minds of the there main characters.

Most of the movie is filmed in a subdued dark atmosphere in Ming and Wai's flat which give this an excellent creepy feel, certainly relating to Wai's illness. But as the more unusual factors come into play (when Ming begins losing his hair, vomiting worms and suffering physical effects mirroring Wai's own side effects to her chemotherapy), you begin to think speculatively (considering this a Pang Bros film), that not all these guys may be in the land of the living. Elements of Jacob's Ladder and the 'Hill' creep in (and Ming isn't far off a James Sunderland!). Its very dark and moody, with very little light relief. But all of this stays mostly under a psychological chiller mode, than ever really being a full out horror. Steph's vomiting scene is nasty, though (don't watch this when you're tucking into your favorite tum food).

Acting here is excellent! And like the highly impressive acting talents of Charlene Choi and Isabella Leung in Oxide's "Diary", Stephy really acts her heart out in one bloody good role here as Mai, too! Her performance as a cancer sick woman certainly isn't relishing or easy going stuff to perform, and a hard nailed bit of acting. The scenes where Mai refuses her chemotherapy, her vomiting at meal time, her hair loss and a bed scene with Ming when her sickness kicks in, is top notch acting credibility. I really hope that Steph does more varied and serious acting parts, like this (although in moderation, as they can be harsh to act!), than her regular dizzy comedy romance ones. Both forms of movies are great, but this type widens Stephy's talent a lot! Kudos, Stephy! I can't hep thinking that both Danny and Oxide must have some 'magic dust' of how they direct HK popsters to such high quality acting levels. In fact, this trend of polar opposite areas of Canto pop sensibilities contrasting with psychological horror is interesting. Fascinating - as Mr Spock might say!

Shawn also gets a bit more Pang Bros air time here, than his gagged and bound chair scenes in "Diary", and plays really well as the frustrated (I won't say any more) Ming. Sorry I didn't mention Shawn in the "Diary" review, as I got so wrapped up in fascination with Charlene's role. Actress Yoka Yue performs well in the role of Fong. Chu Fong does have a more substantial character along with the two main protagonists, and the psychological edge to the plot makes Fong an interesting addition.

Although this film has a good premise and terrific acting from Stephy and all the cast, I found the pacing a bit slow at times, and all of what is contained here could have probably happened in 65mins, than the 98mins that it is. The main plot substance is restricted purposefully to enable the suspense and twists to all work at a reasonable rate at the finish, causing an unfortunate sluggishness with this film. Some scenes, too, may confuse a little to also keep the plot illusive and the element of surprise under lock and key, until the revelatory end. One loose thread is a bit dangly, too, when the end is 'element' I dare not mention as to spoil. The dramatic finale is bit on the subtle side. In fact as subtle as a brass band performing in a Universities student's revision library, when it all gets thrust into your vision! But, nevertheless, its a good film and I definitely recommend you seeing this, especially for Stephy's excellent acting and it certainly being a decent psychological drama horror.

The premise to this is also that the 'dead' of the title are not entirely related to the passed away, but the 'dead' nature of the sinful soul. And even Mai's illness itself, could be a form of expression of what is going on in Ming's mind. Interesting that Ming being a comic artist himself relates to the horror ghost comic that Ping constantly reads, and for unusual reasons, seems to reflect Mai and Ming's related happenings around her. Could this have also been called 'The Girl with the Deadly Comic'?

The 2 disk set is fully subtitled as per usual with the main film, but the second DVD also features an English and Mandarin subtitled "Making of" featurette, which is nice - and there are some good MVs. Sadly, the other features (apart from some trailers) don't have any subtitles, but as with many bits and pieces, they can be watched comfortably without them. Its really interviews that are the niggly ones when sub less. You also get 5 printed postcards as a fold out card sheet with perforations to separate the postcards with key scene film stills. Recommended - but don't get the munchies out until after mid way through, will you. Or as Dell Boy once said, you might be doing some 'psychedelic yodeling' of your own!
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