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Angelica Lee (Actor) | Charlie Young (Actor) | Huo Si Yan (Actor) | Kent Cheng (Actor)
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After The Eye and Re-Cycle, Hong Kong horror-meister Oxide Pang and his favorite actress Angelica Lee team up once more for Sleepwalker, a gripping journey into the subconscious mind exploring the origin of nightmares. Co-starring Charlie Young (Bangkok Dangerous), Huo Siyan (My Name is Fame), Li Zonghan (Reign of Assassins), and Kent Cheng (The Log), the stunning mystery thriller was well-received as a film in competition at the 24th Tokyo International Film Festival.

Ziyi (Angelica Lee) has been haunted by the same dream for years: In the dream, she would stand alone on a wasteland, knowing that something is buried underneath. The only one who could give her comfort is her designer friend Eric (Li Zonghan), to whom she would reveal her weird dreams. She is approached by police sergeant Madam Ou (Huo Siyan) to assist in the investigation of her missing ex-husband. Meanwhile, the cop is also tracking down her kidnapped nephew, whose whereabouts remain unknown even though his mother Becky (Charlie Young) has paid the ransom. One day, Ziyi wakes up to find a trail of mud at her bedside, raising suspicion that she may have killed her ex-husband in her sleep! Ziyi leads Madam Ou to the scene in her dreams, where the horrifying truth awaits them...

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Product Title: Sleepwalker (2011) (DVD) (2D) (Hong Kong Version) 夢遊 (2011) (DVD) (2D) (香港版) 梦游 (2011) (DVD) (2D) (香港版) 夢遊 スリープウォーカー (夢遊) (2011) (DVD) (2D) (香港版) Sleepwalker (2011) (DVD) (2D) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Angelica Lee (Actor) | Charlie Young (Actor) | Huo Si Yan (Actor) | Kent Cheng (Actor) | Kenny Wong (Actor) | Paw Hee Ching (Actor) | Li Zong Han (Actor) 李心潔 (Actor) | 楊采妮 (Actor) | 霍思燕 (Actor) | 鄭則仕 (Actor) | 黃德斌 (Actor) | 鮑起靜 (Actor) | 李宗翰 (Actor) 李心洁 (Actor) | 杨采妮 (Actor) | 霍思燕 (Actor) | 郑则仕 (Actor) | 黄德斌 (Actor) | 鲍起静 (Actor) | 李宗翰 (Actor) 李心潔(アンジェリカ・リー) (Actor) | 楊采妮 (チャーリー・ヤン) (Actor) | 霍思燕(フオ・スーイェン) (Actor) | 鄭則仕(ケント・チェン) (Actor) | 黄徳斌(ケニー・ウォン) (Actor) | 鮑起靜 (パウ・ヘイチン) (Actor) | 李宗翰 (リー・ゾンハン) (Actor) Angelica Lee (Actor) | 양채니 (Actor) | Huo Si Yan (Actor) | Kent Cheng (Actor) | Kenny Wong (Actor) | Paw Hee Ching (Actor) | Li Zong Han (Actor)
Director: Oxide Pang 彭順 彭 顺 彭順(オキサイド・パン) Oxide Pang
Release Date: 2011-12-21
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Place of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: Widescreen
Sound Information: Dolby Digital EX(TM) / THX Surround EX(TM), 6.1, Dolby Digital
Disc Format(s): DVD, DVD-9
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Rating: IIB
Duration: 105 (mins)
Publisher: Universe Laser (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1026057189

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Director: Oxide Pang Chun

After a traumatic incident, Yee starts to sleepwalk without herself knowing. For years, the same dream has haunted her -- she would stand on a wasteland all by herself in an air of eeriness.

Meanwhile, Au, a police sergeant, is trying to track down the kidnapper of her nephew. Despite the ransom paid, she doesn’t know if the kid is dead or alive.

Yee’s nightmares get worse. One day, she wakes up to find trails of mud by her bed. She suspects she really did kill someone on that wasteland in her sleep.

Later on, Au interrogates her about her missing ex-husband. Yee is convinced that she has killed the unfaithful man and a repressed trauma deep in her psyche rebounds. Au suspects Yee’s dream is related to her nephew’s kidnap. Following the clues in her dream, Au finds the crime scene, but the body isn’t buried at the spot where it’s supposed to be…
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Professional Review of "Sleepwalker (2011) (DVD) (2D) (Hong Kong Version)"

January 10, 2012

Sleepwalker is the latest solo effort from Oxide Pang, one half of the twin brother directorial duo still best known for their hit 2002 ghost story The Eye. The film sees him reteaming with that film's leading lady, his wife Angelica Lee, this time in a plot dealing with kidnapped children and the always creepy subject of sleepwalking. The film also stars Charlie Young, working for the director again after the ill-advised Bangkok Dangerous remake in 2008, along with Huo Siyan (My Name is Fame) and Li Zonghan (Reign of Assassins), plus Hong Kong character actor favourite Kent Cheng (who memorably starred in a long string of 1980s and 90s classics such as Gun and Kill, Mr Lamb, Sex and Zen and countless others).

Angelica Lee plays clothes maker Ziyi, an unfortunate woman plagued by a disturbing recurring dream about a forest where she suspects a body is buried, which finds her waking up with earth on her hands and feet. After being spotted on one of her midnight sojourns by detective Madam Ou (Huo Siyan), she is pulled into the police investigation surrounding the missing young son of the distraught Becky (Charlie Young). Things get more complicated when Ziyi starts to suspect that she might have killed and buried her cheating ex-husband, and as she slowly unravels the mystery of her dreams it becomes clear that she may well be guilty in one way or another.

As an Oxide Pang film, Sleepwalker has much more in common with The Detective and sequel rather than co-directed efforts with brother Danny such as Re-Cycle or The Storm Warriors being at heart a mystery tale with an ambiguous supernatural twist. The film does in many ways recall his 2007 teaming with Aaron Kwok, showing the same kind of leftfield plotting and narrative twists, grounding its more sinister side with criminal investigation and hints of possible mental illness. This to an extent works quite well, with Pang managing to hold the interest from early on, weaving a fairly complex web of possibilities and suspects, with Ziyi's condition keeping the viewer guessing as to the nature of her involvement and the reasons behind her nightly strolls. The sleepwalking aspect of the film is handled neatly and whilst it doesn't add anything particularly striking to the mix Pang milks from it a couple of reasonably innovative ideas. Things do unravel somewhat as the film progresses, mainly since not a great deal actually happens, and aside from a couple of chase scenes and dream sequences, there's a distinct lack of thrills - not least since the eventual villain is identified very early on in bafflingly clumsy fashion.

Thankfully, although the story is a bit weak and overly reliant upon exposition and flashbacks, Pang does a much better job when it comes to his characters, Ziyi making for a fascinating and unconventional protagonist whose development arc plays out in pleasingly unexpected fashion. Much of the credit for this belongs to Angelica Lee, who is as ever on great form, adding humanity and depth to her role and even managing to survive a bizarre red dye mess of a haircut. The film is very much a female-oriented affair, with Charlie Young and Huo Siyan both turning in decent performances, even if their subplots do at times feel like little more than distractions. As another bonus, it's always great to see veteran Kent Cheng on screen, and though the big man doesn't have much to do, it's remarkable quite how little he seems to have aged since his glory days.

Whilst the film sees Pang largely eschewing special effects and technical trickery, it does feature a respectable amount of flair and imaginative editing, and this helps to liven up some of its more ponderous stretches. The scenes of Ziyi sleepwalking provide the film's highpoints and add a few tense moments, with some lurid use of colour making for an otherworldly atmosphere. Not that it particularly matter on DVD, but even more so than with The Child's Eye, the use of 3D here is entirely a cynical marketing gimmick that adds nothing discernable whatsoever to the proceedings - in fact, the viewer is likely to forget the supposed third dimension entirely until during the final act a motorcycle crashes and a CGI bike part flies at the camera in hilariously gratuitous slow motion. On the plus side, this does make for a few welcome unintentional laughs.

Although Sleepwalker is flawed, it's still a solid effort and offers a few interesting ideas and a generally engaging and offbeat central mystery, at least during the first two thirds, bolstered by Angelica Lee's strong central performance. It does though see Oxide Pang treading water as both writer and director, and whilst it benefits from a lack of visual hysterics and is above average for the genre, he has in the past proved himself capable of better.

by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com

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Customer Review of "Sleepwalker (2011) (DVD) (2D) (Hong Kong Version)"

Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10 (2)

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February 6, 2012

1 people found this review helpful

Quite an emo psychological drama (A) Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
Ziyi (Angelica Lee), who runs a bespoke clothing designer business, every night as a recurring bad dream of being in a wasteland, where she there finds a small burial mound. For years Ziyi believed this to be a only a dream. But, Ziyi, after discovering mud on her hands and footprints on a talcum powdered floor beside her bed, begins to believe she’d physically left her bedroom and sleepwalked to the ‘barren place’ in her dreams. Ziyi, to confirm this, even tests herself one night before sleeping by hiding her outer door key inside her toilet water tank, but wakes up the next morning to find the hidden water tank key somehow ‘moved’ to her bedroom dresser whilst she was ‘asleep’ in her chair. Ziyi by all of this is distressed, absentminded and on edge as she tries to work at her clothing business, but eventually agrees to visit a psychoanalyst friend of a business associate, for therapy.

To the psychiatrist Ziyi recollects a story (or hidden memory) about a child playing with a doll in her house, who is then stalked by a naughty dog who had broke into the girl’s house. But Ziyi can never remember what happened next to the little child. These psychological ‘anomalies’, though, relate to Ziyi’s traumatic loss of her own little daughter, who was kidnapped and possibly murdered. Meeting her ex-husband Ming in a supermarket, now hitched up with another woman after he’d left, Ziyi agrees for Ming to visit Ziyi’s house to collect his ‘toy’. But the day Ming is supposed to visit Ziyi’s flat, Ming doesn’t arrive and is then reported missing to the police by his jealousy girlfriend. Ziyi considering her sleepwalking, dark dream and mindset (having scornful feelings of ‘wishing her ex-husband dead’ by him leaving her and their lost daughter), begins to suspect herself. Parallel to Ziyi’s situation is female detective Ou (Huo Siyan), who also investigates the child abduction of her own nephew. But after a ransom payment to the kidnapper brings little results and Ou vilified by her nephew’s mother Becky (Charlie Young), begins to suspect Ziyi (who also regularly calls Ou’s police station, but never remembers doing so). As Ziyi learns more about her sleepwalking and dream connection and hearing about her missing ex-husband from his girlfriend and another child being kidnapped from the police, questions her own subconscious mind and guilt, believing Ziyi herself could have murdered three people.
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February 6, 2012

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with emotional/dramatic music score (B) Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
With “Sleepwalker” Oxide Pang directs a psychological/detective film with aspects of horror and subtle ‘ghost’ elements, and even emo drama considering a tear jerking emotional part mid way (with a beautifully sad music theme) when Ziyi believes a couple’s little girl in a park playground is her own daughter. It also features a trippy like dream sequence where you see Ziyi’s dream experience of the ‘barren land’. Although “Sleepwalker” as a possible predictable ending hinted from the beginning, the plot doesn't go for dramatic twists or tries to be too clever, other than highlight the ‘mystery’ behind the subconscious human mind after a traumatic experience. Ziyi sleepwalks and ‘hides’ beneath her consciousness after a traumatic ordeal that her brain ‘censors’ out, leaving only residues of interpreted memories that pop up in her dreams and reverie. But so powerful emotions that Ziyi’s physical body, when the brain is ‘asleep’ and awareness kicks into motion, sleepwalks. The movie’s final supernatural aspect of ‘strong connected emotions’ is also extremely plausible. Added to this is a sensitive plot drama that can be quite touching. I like Sinjie (or Angelica) and she acts with depth and skill here as the confused and wrecked sleepwalker Ziyi (Sinjie looks a wee bit like Korean actress Oki-bin Kim), sporting an interesting red hair look that relates to her schizoid trauma and the ‘toy’; restless after losing her only child. There’s also nice support from Huo Siyan and Charlie Young.

Oxide keeps his tongue in his cheek, though, such as Ziyi’s missing ex-husband bit and why the police didn’t follow Ziyi’s regular predictable night walks to find the burial mound, instead of Ziyi recording her night walks on a fixed camcorder attached to her spectacles, which Ziyi then shows her sleepwalk recording to the police on a laptop. The music is good, especially the emotive theme although some of the dramatic action type music could have been more at home in a Mission Impossible/Bond film or FPS game than a physiological drama movie. Still, I enjoy the Pang brother’s movies and even though they have quirks and odd bits, I very much love the ‘feel’ of a Pang Bros film and this was no exception with a very significant ‘feel’ about it. The other closest Pang Bros related film would probably be Oxide’s “Diary”. "Sleepwalker" isn't a mega great film but certainly worth seeing and it leaves an emotional ‘aftertaste’, this one. Sinjie is brilliant!
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