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Insanity (2015) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) DVD Region 3

Lau Ching Wan (Actor) | Huang Xiao Ming (Actor) | Alex Fong Chung Sun (Actor) | Paw Hee Ching (Actor)
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Prolific producer and writer Derek Yee (Overheard series) teams up with director and co-writer David Lee (named Best New Director at the 34th Hong Kong Film Awards for his work in this film) in the tense psychological thriller Insanity. Starring Huang Xiaoming (The Crossing Part 1) and Lau Ching Wan (Overheard series), who racked up one of his two Best Actor nominations at the Hong Kong Film Awards for his performance, the film focuses on the twisty relationship between a schizophrenic man and his doctor.

Three years ago, Fan Kwok Sang (Lau Ching Wan) accidentally killed his wife during a schizophrenic episode. Since then, he's been receiving treatment from Dr. Chow Ming Kit (Huang Xiaoming) whilst under confinement at a psychiatric hospital. Convinced that Fan's been cured, Chow is now advocating for his release despite the vehement disagreement of his superiors at the hospital. Eventually, Chow triumphs and Fan is released. Following this victory, Chow's fortunes rise considerably, and he soon finds himself ascending to the position of hospital director. On the other hand, still tormented by demons real and imagined, Fan's mental state slowly begins to circle back to its darkest point. When Fan lashes out during a schizophrenic episode, Chow discovers that his fate has become inexorably tied to that of his patient.

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Product Title: Insanity (2015) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) 暴瘋語 (2015) (DVD) (香港版) 暴疯语 (2015) (DVD) (香港版) 暴瘋語 (2015) (DVD) (香港版) Insanity (2015) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Lau Ching Wan (Actor) | Huang Xiao Ming (Actor) | Alex Fong Chung Sun (Actor) | Paw Hee Ching (Actor) | Fiona Sit (Actor) | Paulyn Sun (Actor) | Lee Kwok Lun (Actor) | Michelle Ye (Actor) 劉 青雲 (Actor) | 黃曉明 (Actor) | 方中信 (Actor) | 鮑起靜 (Actor) | 薛 凱琪 (Actor) | 孫佳君 (Actor) | 李國麟 (Actor) | 葉 璇 (Actor) 刘 青云 (Actor) | 黄 晓明 (Actor) | 方中信 (Actor) | 鲍起静 (Actor) | 薛 凯琪 (Actor) | 孙佳君 (Actor) | 李国麟 (Actor) | 叶璇 (Actor) 劉青雲(ラウ・チンワン) (Actor) | 黄暁明 (ホァン・シァオミン) (Actor) | 方中信(アレックス・フォン) (Actor) | 鮑起靜 (パウ・ヘイチン) (Actor) | 薛凱琪 (フィオナ・シッ) (Actor) | 孫佳君(ポーリー・ソン) (Actor) | 李國麟(リー・クォックルン) (Actor) | 葉璇 (ミッシェル・イップ) (Actor) Lau Ching Wan (Actor) | Huang Xiao Ming (Actor) | 방중신 (Actor) | Paw Hee Ching (Actor) | Fiona Sit (Actor) | Paulyn Sun (Actor) | Lee Kwok Lun (Actor) | Michelle Ye (Actor)
Director: Lee Kwong Yiu 李光耀 (導演) 李光耀 (导演) Lee Kwong Yiu Lee Kwong Yiu
Producer: Derek Yee | Law Chi Leung 爾 冬陞 | 羅志良 尔 冬升 | 罗志良 爾冬陞(イー・トンシン) | 羅志良(ロー・チーリョン) Derek Yee | Law Chi Leung
Release Date: 2015-08-21
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Country of Origin: Hong Kong, China
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Widescreen Anamorphic: Yes
Sound Information: Dolby Digital EX(TM) / THX Surround EX(TM)
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Rating: IIB
Duration: 99 (mins)
Publisher: Panorama (HK)
Package Weight: 100 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1044965696

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Three years ago, FAN (LAU Ching Wan) had a schizophrenic breakdown and killed his wife (Michelle YE Xuan). He later attempted to commit suicide but was unsuccessful, and was eventually sentenced to rehabilitate in a psychiatric facility indefinitely.

Dr. CHOW (HUANG Xiao Ming) is Fan’s psychiatrist. He believes FAN is cured after 3-year treatment and is alone in opposition to all doctors’ objections to discharge FNA. After releasing from the facility, FAN faces discrimination and misunderstanding and once again finds himself at the brink of collapse. One night, he mistakenly kills a drug addict on inpulse. He is driven to despair and comes to Dr. CHOW for help.

Having thought about it, Dr CHOW fears his career will be wrecked if it is uncovered and therefore helps FAN abscond. The concealment of the truth subtly snowballs into chaos as it triggers media criticism and attacks due to his missing murderous patient. In order to redeem himself, CHOW decides to cure FAN WITH a confined treatment outside hospital secretly. In the course of the treatment, their strain is intensified and later becomes a face-off between CHOW and FAN. Once and for all, can CHOW make his way out of this bottomless whirlpool?
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Professional Review of "Insanity (2015) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)"

November 3, 2015

This professional review refers to Insanity (2015) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)
Veteran Hong Kong writer and producer Derek Yee returns to the subject of mental illness, following up his multiple-award winning 1986 drama The Lunatics nearly three decades later with Insanity, directed by David Lee, his first feature since his 2008 debut Yes, I Can See Dead People. Boasting an intriguing and potentially dynamite lead pairing in Lau Ching Wan (Overheard) and Huang Xiaoming (The Crossing), the film bills itself as a psychological thriller, following the drama which ensues when a doctor tries a little too hard to treat a possibly schizophrenic patient. Though films dealing with this kind of subject matter are notoriously hard to pull off, Insanity went down well with at least some local critics, pulling in nominations at the Hong Kong Film Awards for Best New Director and Best Actor (Lau Ching Wan defeating himself, winning for his work in Overheard 3).

Lau plays Fan Kwok Sang, an unfortunate man who gets sent to a psychiatric hospital after accidentally killing his wife (Michelle Ye, Drug War), where he receives treatment from the respected Dr Chow (Huang Xiaoming). Three years later Chow declares Fan cured and has him released, his success with the case helping him to land the position of director at the institute. However, Fan finds it difficult to adapt to life on the outside, not least due to repeated appearances by his crazy mother-in-law, and it doesn't take long for things to start going wrong. Determined to help him, Chow gets more and more involved with the tormented man, while the pressure of his job and his deteriorating relationship with his girlfriend (Fiona Sit, 12 Golden Ducks) gradually take their toll on the well-meaning doctor.

Insanity is an odd film, and one which walks a very fine line indeed between seriousness and baffling trash. On the one hand, David Lee and Derek Yee, who both worked on the script along with Philip Liu, certainly seem to be aiming for something substantial, working in hints of social commentary and tiptoeing into some interesting moral territory by questioning the ways in which doctors treat their patients. On the other, just when the film seems to be heading down the message movie route, the need to provide more basic thrills kicks in, with shlock and borderline exploitation taking over. It's a jarring combination to be sure, and the film really makes little sense right through till the wacky final twist which many viewers will likely have seen coming. Still, this isn't a bad thing for fans of high-camp hysteria, and though definitely sub-Hitchcock the film is never in any danger of getting boring, Lee keeping the pot boiling and throwing in plenty of revelations and shocks along the way.

The film is very much an actor's piece and makes the most of the presence of Lau Ching Wan and Huang Xiaoming, the two being onscreen for pretty much the entire running time and Lee relying playing on the natural contrast between their looks, ages and performance styles. Unsurprisingly, it's Lau who impresses the most, with a multi-layered turn that, whilst not exactly believable or sympathetic, is enjoyable to watch and somewhat unpredictable. Huang doesn't come off quite so well, mainly due to the hyper-controlled Chow being a far more straightforward and obvious character, though he's generally fine and manages to smirk and smarm his way through the role. The film is very much at its best when Lau and Huang and locking horns, and the developing duel between them is gripping and tense, keeping the viewer wondering which of the two is really the crazy one. The supporting cast don't get a look-in as a result, Fiona Sit sadly being relegated to a whiny girlfriend part, and reliable character Alex Fong only being on hand to keep the plot moving during the final third, though this is perhaps only to be expected.

There are two different ways to look at Insanity, either as a flawed take on the touchy subject of mental illness, or as an entertaining and amusingly daft psycho-thriller whose frequent lapses in judgement and taste serve to make it more endearing. With Lau Ching Wan and Huang Xiaoming providing good value and David Lee just about keeping things together, there's enough here to make it very worthwhile checking out, albeit with suitably adjusted expectations.

by James Mudge EasternKicks.com

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