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Dennis Law (Director) | Chrissie Chau (Actor) | Lam Suet (Actor) | Chris Lai (Actor)
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Real-estate developer-turned-director Dennis Law has become one of the most prolific Hong Kong filmmakers in recent years, thanks to his persistence in making Hong Kong films for a Hong Kong audience. For his second film of 2010, he takes on the horror genre for the first time with Womb Ghosts. A terrifying tale about the consequences of messing with the dead, Womb Ghosts stars model-turned-actress Chrissie Chau in the demanding role of a woman unable to shake the spirits that keep haunting her.

Womb Ghosts is a story of two women connected by circumstances. Winnie (Koni Lui) is a woman who suffers miscarriages every time she gets pregnant. Meanwhile, nurse Zoe (Chrissie Chau) is trapped in a dead-end relationship with a doctor, and her life takes a turn for the worse when she begins see hideous illusions. Who are controlling these illusions? And how far will they go to make Zoe's life a living hell?

This Edition comes with making of and trailers for all of director Dennis Law's previous films.

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Product Title: Womb Ghosts (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) 惡胎 (DVD) (香港版) 恶胎 (DVD) (香港版) 悪胎 (香港版) Womb Ghosts (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Chrissie Chau (Actor) | Lam Suet (Actor) | Chris Lai (Actor) | Koni Lui (Actor) | Maggie Shiu (Actor) | Jo Koo (Actor) | Shermon Tang (Actor) | A. Lin (Actor) | Dada Lo (Actor) 周秀娜 (Actor) | 林雪 (Actor) | 黎 諾懿 (Actor) | 呂 慧儀 (Actor) | 邵美琪 (Actor) | 谷祖琳 (Actor) | 鄧 上文 (Actor) | 裴殷 (A. Lin) (Actor) | 盧 頌之 (Actor) 周秀娜 (Actor) | 林雪 (Actor) | 黎 诺懿 (Actor) | 吕 慧仪 (Actor) | 邵美琪 (Actor) | 谷祖琳 (Actor) | 邓 上文 (Actor) | 裴殷 (A. Lin) (Actor) | 卢 颂之 (Actor) 周秀娜 (クリッシー・チャウ) (Actor) | 林雪 (ラム・シュー) (Actor) | Chris Lai (Actor) | 呂慧儀 (コニー・ロイ) (Actor) | 邵美琪 (マギー・シウ) (Actor) | 谷祖琳 (ジョー・コク) (Actor) | Shermon Tang (Actor) | A. Lin (Actor) | Dada Lo (Actor) Chrissie Chau (Actor) | Lam Suet (Actor) | Chris Lai (Actor) | Koni Lui (Actor) | Maggie Shiu (Actor) | Jo Koo (Actor) | Shermon Tang (Actor) | A. Lin (Actor) | Dada Lo (Actor)
Director: Dennis Law 羅 守耀 罗 守耀 羅守耀(デニス・ロー) Dennis Law
Release Date: 2010-04-29
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Widescreen Anamorphic: Yes
Sound Information: DTS Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): DVD, DVD-9
Region Code: All Region What is it?
Duration: 90 (mins)
Publisher: Kam & Ronson Enterprises Co Ltd
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1022502335

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* Special Features:
- Womb Ghosts Trailer
- Bad Blood Trailer
- A Very Short Life Trailer
- Final Movie Trailer
- Gong Tau An Oriental Back Magic Trailer
- Fatal Contact Trailer
- Womb Ghosts Making of

Director: Dennis Law

Life after death of a fetus inside a woman's body exists as a Womb Ghost. Unnatural termination of such life will turn the baby into the evilest and most vicious kind of spirt. A mental hospital is haunted by spirit, the mysterious miscarriage of a young and beautiful inmate causes the authority to investigate. Only one answer can be given to the existence of such an ungodly creat ure... Womb Ghost.

Womb Ghosts, a non-stop horror experience which haunting begins when life ended....
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Professional Review of "Womb Ghosts (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)"

May 10, 2010

The wonderfully titled Womb Ghosts is the latest effort from real-estate developer-turned director and one man Hong Kong film factory Dennis Law. With a grotesque premise that harks back to the good old days of Shaw Brothers sleazy sorcery and black magic films such as Seeding of a Ghost, its trailer certainly grabbed the attention and caused somewhat of an internet stir. Following on from the likes of Bad Blood, A Very Short Life and others, the film again sees the increasingly prolific Law serving up visceral entertainment in the old school Hong Kong style, pushing buttons and trying to revive the fine tradition of exploitation film making.

The plot basically revolves around two women - a bar hostess called Winnie (Koni Lui, also in Law's A Very Short Life), who keeps on mysteriously suffering pregnancies and miscarriages, and Zoe (gorgeous model turned actress Chrissie Chau, also in Short of Love and Split Second Murders), a nurse trying her best to tie down her doctor lover into a proper relationship. Their lives gradually fall apart as they are tormented by strange visions and what seem to the be ghosts of small children, possibly connected to a sinister sorcerer (Lam Suet) who is trying to bend the spirits to his shabby will.

Although this synopsis may sound fairly straightforward, it's actually quite hard to say what Womb Ghosts is actually about, simply because Law is not much of a story teller. The plot lacks any kind of real dramatic momentum, for the most part revolving around relationship worries and scenes of characters squabbling. Very little happens that is connected to anything else, and though Law strangely feels the need to insert a shift of sorts during the final third, which he moves on to trump with a final twist, neither have much impact. Similarly, although things do frequently threaten to boil over into hysteria, the film remains oddly detached from its characters, taking an unfocused approach that leaves the viewer unsure of who, if anyone, to root for.

With this having been a criticism levelled at Law's other films, it perhaps comes as no surprise, and thankfully Womb Ghosts is rather more successful in other areas. As expected, or hoped, the film features plenty of icky scenes of fetuses and placentas being misused and abused, along with a number of classic black magic motifs such as noodles being turned into maggots. Although not particularly gory, or indeed as gruesome as the trailer seemed to promise, the film does have a few good shocks and stomach troubling moments, along with an awesome and hilarious Omen style unexpected death that comes out of nowhere and remains pretty much unremarked by the other characters. Law throws in a variety of surreal scenes, and while none of these are ambitious or creative, they do help to keep viewer off guard, or at least entertained. Hospitals are inherently sinister places, and the film certainly does its best to exploit this, as well as tuning into deep seated fears over child birth, and though never truly frightening, it is unsettling in places.

On the downside, some scenes are undermined by some pretty poor computer based special effects, and the ghosts could certainly have done without the Grudge style clicking noises and rigour mortis limb waving. This having been said, the fact that these sound effects generally bear no obvious link to what is happening onscreen does make for some solid unintentional humour, as does the way that the ghost tends to fly around for no reason at all, which funnily enough resembles a young child being whipped around in the air on wires. Law really isn't much of a director, though he does manage to get most of the basics right, employing plenty of lurid red and green colours, and a weird electronic soundtrack which lurches between seedily sinister and laughably inappropriate. Add to this an enjoyably unhinged performance from Lam Suet as the sleazy sorcerer, which requires him to spend a lot of time beating the air with branches at unseen ghosts, and the rather short and tight nurse uniforms worn by most of the female cast, and the film translates into an hour and a half of trashy fun.

Indeed, Womb Ghosts really is a film with which viewers get exactly what they pay for - a crass, though enjoyable slice of exploitation cinema. Whilst no one could accuse the film of being well made, and whilst it sadly never quite lives up to the delirium of its trailer, it still manages to win points through a vaguely endearing mixture of shudders and unintentional laughs. Law certainly has some way to go before he can be considered a proper film maker, though for the time being, he does at least show a talent for churning out entertainingly disreputable genre fare.

by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com

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June 30, 2010

Not quite the miscarriage it might seem
Nowadays in Hong Kong Cinema, horror movies come few and far between, possibly as a result of the increasing importance of the Mainland China market, where supernatural or superstitious subjects are still kind of taboo for the authority. So, it is quite a welcome surprise to see the birth of Dennis Law's Womb Ghosts, a pure chiller that means to scare your lungs off.

Fright flicks often feature attractive actresses, and in that department Womb Ghosts has a scream queen in up-and-coming starlet Chrissie Chau. Toplining a movie for the first time, Chrissie carries the film virtually on her own. It's a significant step forward for the former model's cinematic career, and judging by her performance in this film, it seems that she has got what it takes to go further. Who knows, she might even become this generation's Cecilia Cheung some day?

Joining Chrissie in the film are popular character actor Lam Suet, TVB actor Lai Lok Yee, and former Miss Hong Kong runner-up Koni Lui. Actresses Maggie Shiu, Jo Kuk, and Shermon Tang take the major supporting roles, as do emerging minor models Dada Lo and A. Lin - they aren't given much to do here, though.

In otaku-friendly uniformed mode, Chrissie plays a nurse who may harbor some dark secrets underneath her charming girl-next-door looks. In the opening sequence, we see her in a straitjacket, being forcibly rolled into the emergency room to have an abortion against her wish. The director then takes his time to unravel the mystery of how it comes to be. The sultry nurse has an affair with a womanizing doctor (Lai Lok Yee), who is so busy cheating on his beer salesgirl wife (Koni Lui) that he is unaware of her pregnancy. The sexy vixen's father (Lam Suet) is a witchdoctor kind of guy, and he needs a supply of fresh placenta for a certain "professional" purpose. Eerie things happen, and soon Chrissie is having horrible hallucinations...

The film employs a combination of CG and practical effects with some clever use of wireworks. There's a healthy dose of gore, too, and there's this rather nasty scene in which a certain character jumps out a third floor window and hits the ground in one single shot. Wrapped in a competitive technical package, Womb Ghosts is still a cautionary tale championing traditional values at the core, as the director consciously shows his pro-life stance and condemns the home-wreckers and the morally loose.
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Customer Review of "Womb Ghosts (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)"

Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10 (1)

Kevin Kennedy
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August 27, 2014

A ghastly production Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10
In "Womb Ghosts", Chrissie Chau plays Zoe, a nurse having an unhappy adulterous affair with a married doctor, Joseph (Chris Lai), who forces her to have injections of a contraceptive drug. Joseph's wife Winnie (Koni Lui), stuck in a crummy job promoting alcoholic beverages, keeps having miscarriages of Joseph's unborn babies, although she is taking medications she believes should help foster healthy pregnancies.

Zoe is haunted by terrifying ghosts. She seeks help from her father (Lam Suet), who seems to be something of a professional ghost-wrangler, and keeps a pet ghost around the house. Alas, dear old dad doesn't take Zoe's problems seriously. During a particularly bad haunting, Zoe's actions have fatal consequences, leading to her being institutionalized. At the institution, she mysteriously has multiple miscarriages of carbon-copy fetuses whose DNA is not her own.

There ultimately proves to be a logical explanation behind some but not all of these events. Director Dennis Law's story includes subplots that go nowhere, characters who contribute nothing, and events that seem to have no connection to the rest of the film. What the film delivers is lots of bloody fetuses, lots of mostly obvious scares, and the opportunity to spend 88 minutes enjoying Chrissie Chau's beauty. Underlying it all seems to be a good pro-life message, but the film's lurid trappings and chaotic storytelling undercut that message.
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