Tales from the Dark 2 (2013) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) DVD Region 3
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In "Haunted Pillow," TVB starlet Fala Chen is still obsessed with her lover (Gordon Lam) after their breakup and invariably suffers from insomnia. She gets hold of a Chinese herbal pillow that eventually helps her fall asleep again but it also draws her near something unexpected. "Hide And Seek" casts a group of young newcomers into an abandoned school campus where they meet longtime janitor Mr. Chan (Lai Hon Taz) who takes shelter at the school. Playing hide-and-seek after midnight, the teenagers go missing, one after another. In his self-directed piece "Black Umbrella," Teddy Robin makes solving conflicts on the street at night his mission and marks each closed case with his signature black umbrella. Before he calls it a day, he meets a prostitute (Aliza Mo Mo, Due West: Our Sex Journey) who forcefully pulls him upstairs for business and unfortunately things spiral out of control.
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|Product Title:||Tales from the Dark 2 (2013) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) 奇幻夜 (2013) (DVD) (香港版) 奇幻夜 (2013) (DVD) (香港版) 奇幻夜 (2013) (DVD) (香港版) Tales from the Dark 2 (2013) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)|
|Also known as:||李碧華鬼魅系列：奇幻夜 李碧华鬼魅系列：奇幻夜|
|Artist Name(s):||Gordon Lam (Actor) | Fala Chen (Actor) | Lai Hon Taz (Actor) | Kelvin Kwan (Actor) | Wong Ha Wai (Actor) | Cheung Kwok Keung (Actor) | Aliza Mo Mo (Actor) | Chan Yiu Wing (Actor) | Teddy Robin (Actor) | Lilian Lee | Gordon Chan | Mathew Tang 林家棟 (Actor) | 陳 法拉 (Actor) | 黎漢持 (Actor) | 關楚耀 (Actor) | 黃夏蕙 (Actor) | 張國強 (Actor) | 莫 綺雯 (Actor) | 陳 耀榮 (Actor) | 泰迪羅賓 (Actor) | 李 碧華 | 陳 嘉上 | 鄧 漢強 林家栋 (Actor) | 陈 法拉 (Actor) | 黎汉持 (Actor) | 关楚耀 (Actor) | 黄夏蕙 (Actor) | 张国强 (Actor) | 莫 绮雯 (Actor) | 陈 耀荣 (Actor) | 泰迪罗宾 (Actor) | 李 碧华 | 陈 嘉上 | Mathew Tang 林家棟（ラム・カートン） (Actor) | 陳法拉（ファラ・チェン） (Actor) | 黎漢持（ライ・ホンチー） (Actor) | 關楚耀（ケルビン・クヮン） (Actor) | 黄夏�（ウォン・ハーワイ） (Actor) | Cheung Kwok Keung (Actor) | Aliza Mo Mo (Actor) | Chan Yiu Wing (Actor) | 秦迪羅賓（テディー・ロビン） (Actor) | 李碧華（リー・ピーホァ） | 陳嘉上（ゴードン・チャン） | 鄧漢強（マシュー・タン） Gordon Lam (Actor) | Fala Chen (Actor) | Lai Hon Taz (Actor) | Kelvin Kwan (Actor) | Wong Ha Wai (Actor) | Cheung Kwok Keung (Actor) | Aliza Mo Mo (Actor) | Chan Yiu Wing (Actor) | Teddy Robin (Actor) | Lilian Lee | 진가상 | Mathew Tang|
|Director:||Teddy Robin | Gordon Chan | Lawrence Lau 泰迪羅賓 | 陳 嘉上 | 劉國昌 泰迪罗宾 | 陈 嘉上 | 刘国昌 秦迪羅賓（テディー・ロビン） | 陳嘉上（ゴードン・チャン） | 劉國昌 （ローレンス・ラウ） Teddy Robin | 진가상 | Lau Kwok Cheung|
|Subtitles:||English, Traditional Chinese|
|Place of Origin:||Hong Kong|
|Picture Format:||NTSC What is it?|
|Aspect Ratio:||1.78 : 1|
|Sound Information:||Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital EX(TM) / THX Surround EX(TM), DTS-ES Discrete 6.1|
|Region Code:||3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?|
|Publisher:||Edko Films Ltd. (HK)|
|Package Weight:||120 (g)|
|Shipment Unit:||1 What is it?|
|YesAsia Catalog No.:||1034065107|
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Director: Gordon Chan, Lau Kwok Cheung, Teddy Robin
The project of TALES FROM THE DARK was initiated as a result of the recent commercial and critical success of a string of local productions.
By assembling six remarkable Hong Kong filmmakers, each of them well crafted and diversified with their own style, it brings viewers to a uniquely mystical realm of wickedness. Adapting from the horror novel series by best-selling author Lilian Lee, it delivers audience six different dimensions of horror.
Without constraint on its subject matter, TALES FROM THE DARK puts your sanity to the ultimate test.
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Tales from the Dark 2 brings Edko Films' two-part horror omnibus series to a close, and there's good news and bad news. The good news: Tales from the Dark 2 is for the most part better than its predecessor, with a more consistent tone and fewer obvious instances of WTF. The bad news: None of the film's three segments sniffs the heights of Fruit Chan's "Jing Zhe" from the first Tales from the Dark. Also, besides one over-the-top gory scene, Tales 2 doesn't really earn its tantalizing Category III rating. Not that extreme content is necessarily better, but considering the malnourished Category III audience – and the film's erotic teases – throwing the fans a bone wouldn't hurt. Regardless, Tales from the Dark 2 serves a need and serves it well enough that grousing about its lack of world-beating excellence would be too much. More to the point: This movie is good for what it is.
Gordon Chan kicks off Tales from the Dark 2 with "Pillow", about Ching Yi (Fala Chen), who suffers a break-up with boyfriend Hong (Gordon Lam) that ends with him leaving their shared apartment. Days later, he's nowhere to be found and Ching Yi starts to suffer from insomnia. However, a scented pillow from a local dry good store restores Ching Yi's ability to snooze and soon after, Hong begins to visit her for regular makeup sex. Said visits, however, may be of a metaphysical nature. "Pillow" is a nifty update of classic Chinese ghost tales, except with a female protagonist and some slightly amped eroticism courtesy of Fala Chen's body double. Gordon Chan creates decent, though sometimes tediously inert atmosphere and Fala Chen is fetching as the depressed protagonist. Of particular note: the segment's resolution involves the dead sending text messages. Simon Yam's portion of Tales from the Dark 1 ended similarly, which begs the question: Are we looking at some weird new trope?
"Hide and Seek" comes courtesy of Lawrence Lau, who takes a bunch of unknown young actors and lets them loose in an abandoned school. The group intends to play games in the school after dark but run into the clearly disturbed caretaker Uncle Chan (Lai Hon-Chi) before white-faced child ghosts begin picking them off one-by-one. "Hide and Seek" offers little surprise and the kids can be annoying, and yet there's routine fun in seeing them frighten each other before getting snatched to the afterlife. The segment resembles a ghost story that you'd hear around a campfire at summer youth camp, and delivers its scares in a straightforward and unsurprising manner. Lawrence Lau eschews any postmodern commentary, delivering little more than a generic and serviceable diversion that's sometimes refreshing in its uncomplicated simplicity. "Hide and Seek" is far from the best horror short you'll see, but it does its job so it's hard to fault it.
Teddy Robin directs and stars in the closing piece, "Black Umbrella", about a curiously wise old man (Robin) who wanders Hong Kong with his black umbrella, doing minor good deeds and commenting on his place in the world. The people he encounters, including a would-be thief (Kelvin Kwan) and a beat-up prostitute (Aliza Mo), have differing reactions to his good deeds, and he occasionally hints that controlling his temper would be a good thing. Then he loses his temper AND IT ALL GOES TO HELL. For some people, anyway. "Black Umbrella" takes its cues from Chinese cultural lore and compensates for its occasional aimlessness with an intriguing premise, fine cinematography and also its ending, which puts an exclamation point on the segment and indeed the entire Tales from the Dark series. There's also minor satire in the form of Wan Yeung-Ming, who plays a parody of controversial local politician Paul Chan Mo-Po. Minor satire: always a plus.
The Tales From the Dark films arrived in Hong Kong cinemas with an overblown "quality" marketing push from Edko Films, with testimonials from actors and directors about how awesome or revolutionary their new film is. Those claims are, unsurprisingly, not validated by the final product. There's little here that hasn't been seen before, with some segments (Simon Yam's "Stolen Goods" and Lee Chi-Ngai's "A Word in the Palm") going for style or scripting over scares or substance. But the remaining four parts are decent to excellent, making this experiment in Hong Kong horror a solid success. They're no patch on the Three movies or even Herman Yau's uneven but occasionally sublime Troublesome Night films, but the Tales From the Dark films are well-produced and quite watchable exercises in horror. The simple fact that they don't make Hong Kong movies like this anymore gives them extra cred.
by Kozo - LoveHKFilm.com