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Moho Han (Hong Kong Version)
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This horrifying thriller, which stars Smap member Masahiro Nakai revolves around a lunatic killer who announces his crimes before he carries them out! All victims are killed in hideous ways, most of them being tortured before death. This nerve-wrecking shocker will leave you sitting on the edge of your seat until its startling climax!
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Product Title: Moho Han (Hong Kong Version) 模倣犯 (香港版) 模仿犯 (香港版) Moho Han (Overseas Version) Moho Han (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Kimura Yoshino (Actor) | Koike Eiko | Nakai Masahiro (Actor) | Ito Misaki | Yamazaki Tsutomu (Actor) 木村佳乃 (Actor) | 小池榮子 | 中居正廣 (Actor) | 伊東美咲 | 山崎努 (Actor) 木村佳乃 (Actor) | 小池荣子 | 中居正广 (Actor) | 伊东美咲 | 山崎努 (Actor) 木村佳乃 (Actor) | 小池栄子 | 中居正広 (Actor) | 伊東美咲 | 山崎努 (Actor) Kimura Yoshino (Actor) | Koike Eiko | Nakai Masahiro (Actor) | Ito Misaki | Yamazaki Tsutomu (Actor)
Release Date: 2002-12-23
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Place of Origin: Hong Kong, Japan
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Rating: IIB
Duration: 120 (mins)
Publisher: # Shi Ma Limited Company
Package Weight: 100 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1002468420

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主演:中居正廣╱木村佳乃╱小池榮子╱伊藤美吹
導演:森田芳光

  日本發生連串少女變態兇殺案,人人自危。她們死狀恐怖,而兇手為自己惡行而驕傲,常透過各種媒體引起騷動。某天,公園花槽裡又發現了一名女子的手腕及手袋,豆腐店老闆有馬認為這與孫女鞠子失蹤有關。作家滋子對此也大感興趣,追訪時赫然得悉丈夫昭二身陷此案之中。自信的犯罪心理學家浩一分析罪犯心理,滋子卻對他的理論不以為然,就在此時,兇手身份漸漸曝光……

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Awards

This film has received 3 award nomination(s).
  • Japan Academy Prize 2003
    • Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role Nomination, Yamazaki Tsutomu
    • Outstanding Achievement in Music Nomination
    • Outstanding Achievement in Sound Recording Nomination
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April 24, 2005

Yoshimitsu Morita is a veteran director in Japan, to most Hong Kong audience, he is best known for his controversial work Lost Paradise (1997). Moho Han is his latest film in 2002. With a rather exotic narrative device, it is quite a surprise to hear that this movie was well received in Japan.

The story of this movie is adapted from a famous novel. Since I haven't read the novel before, I am not sure how much Morita has added or subtracted, but from what I see now, the plot doesn't seem to be very intricate or hard to grasp. Actually, it is quite simple, Masahiro Nakai plays the role of an intelligent serial killer (which is a open secret as it is the selling point of the movie) who is good at fooling the cops and the media around, what confuses us is the episodic narrative device. It is not exactly the traditional kind of detective thriller in which the investigation of the detective is always the focus. In this movie, Morita rather plays around with the perspectives among the audience (the black bordered TV screen), the family of the victim and the killer. The audience is invited to analyze and investigate the case together with the characters in the movie.

One of the advantages of episodic narrative structure is that the movie can form a bond with the audience, forcing them to interpret the movie actively. Since you will get confused easily if you miss a scene or two, you have to really concentrate on the viewing. The disadvantage is that the movie sometimes gets repetitive, and this is the problem that can be applied to this movie. Basically, the second half of the movie is just trying to explain all the mysteries and unclear moments in the first half, some scenes are shown more than once, perhaps from different angles only. If you are looking for a detective story that is full of twist and climax, I am sorry to tell you that this might not be the kind of movie you are looking for. However, having said that, I don't mean this film is not worth to watch. As a veteran director, Morita's execution of this script is quite effective. What is notable is the use of yellow tint throughout the film. Almost all the daytime scenes look like sunset, which is an authentic reflection of the mood of the characters (especially the family of the victim) - gloomy and depressed.

Masahiro Nakai is a pop idol in Japan, when he announced his participation in this project, the media was little surprised since they all thought this immoral role might cause some negative impact on his star image. But Nakai proved to them that they were wrong. He did not ruin his image at all, instead he demonstrated his professionalism brilliantly. His portrayal of this serial killer is full of confidence. Tsutomu Yamazaki as the grandfather of the victim is also excellent, an interesting side note is that Yamazaki used to play a serial killer in Akira Kurosawa's High and Low 30 years ago, now, the role of the serial killer is replaced by Nakai, and he has taken up the place of Toshiro Mifune's role in that movie.

Since the Japanese DVD version of Moho Han contains Japanese subtitles only, the HK version is the only one to go if you don't speak Japanese. Luckily, the picture quality and the subtitles are quite decent, but the disc does not have a chapter selection option, which I think is a big flaw, as this option has almost become a standard feature on almost every new DVD nowadays.

Cool guy(s) - Masahiro Nakai, Tsutomu Yamazaki

Reviewed by: Kantorates - Cinespot.com

January 16, 2003

This professional review refers to Moho Han (Hong Kong Version)

Yoshimitsu Morita is a veteran director in Japan, to most Hong Kong audience, he is best known for his controversial work Lost Paradise (1997). Moho Han is his latest film in 2002. With a rather exotic narrative device, it is quite a surprise to hear that this movie was well received in Japan.

The story of this movie is adapted from a famous novel. Since I haven't read the novel before, I am not sure how much Morita has added or subtracted, but from what I see now, the plot doesn't seem to be very intricate or hard to grasp. Actually, it is quite simple, Masahiro Nakai plays the role of an intelligent serial killer (which is a open secret as it is the selling point of the movie) who is good at fooling the cops and the media around, what confuses us is the episodic narrative device. It is not exactly the traditional kind of detective thriller in which the investigation of the detective is always the focus. In this movie, Morita rather plays around with the perspectives among the audience (the black bordered TV screen), the family of the victim and the killer. The audience is invited to analyze and investigate the case together with the characters in the movie.

One of the advantages of episodic narrative structure is that the movie can form a bond with the audience, forcing them to interpret the movie actively. Since you will get confused easily if you miss a scene or two, you have to really concentrate on the viewing. The disadvantage is that the movie sometimes gets repetitive, and this is the problem that can be applied to this movie. Basically, the second half of the movie is just trying to explain all the mysteries and unclear moments in the first half, some scenes are shown more than once, perhaps from different angles only. If you are looking for a detective story that is full of twist and climax, I am sorry to tell you that this might not be the kind of movie you are looking for. However, having said that, I don't mean this film is not worth to watch. As a veteran director, Morita's execution of this script is quite effective. What is notable is the use of yellow tint throughout the film. Almost all the daytime scenes look like sunset, which is an authentic reflection of the mood of the characters (especially the family of the victim) - gloomy and depressed.

Masahiro Nakai is a pop idol in Japan, when he announced his participation in this project, the media was little surprised since they all thought this immoral role might cause some negative impact on his star image. But Nakai proved to them that they were wrong. He did not ruin his image at all, instead he demonstrated his professionalism brilliantly. His portrayal of this serial killer is full of confidence. Tsutomu Yamazaki as the grandfather of the victim is also excellent, an interesting side note is that Yamazaki used to play a serial killer in Akira Kurosawa's High and Low 30 years ago, now, the role of the serial killer is replaced by Nakai, and he has taken up the place of Toshiro Mifune's role in that movie.

Since the Japanese DVD version of Moho Han contains Japanese subtitles only, the HK version is the only one to go if you don't speak Japanese. Luckily, the picture quality and the subtitles are quite decent, but the disc does not have a chapter selection option, which I think is a big flaw, as this option has almost become a standard feature on almost every new DVD nowadays.

Cool guy(s) - Masahiro Nakai, Tsutomu Yamazaki

Reviewed by: Kantorates - Cinespot.com

This original content has been created by or licensed to YesAsia.com, and cannot be copied or republished in any medium without the express written permission of YesAsia.com.

Customer Review of "Moho Han (Hong Kong Version)"

Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 7 - 7.5 out of 10 (2)

Anonymous

February 23, 2004

It's really good! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
You have to watch it!
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Anonymous

May 5, 2003

Don't expect too much... Customer Review Rated Bad 5 - 5 out of 10
I just thought this movie could be better since I was the fan of the novel (this story is based on the bestseller novel).
I was disappointed when I watched it... just because good actors are playing doesn't mean it's a good movie.
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