October 2010 | Casey's Movie Mania | Movie Reviews, Features & Others

Sunday, 24 October 2010

Review: CURSE OF THE DESERTED 荒村公寓 (2010)

Review: CURSE OF THE DESERTED 荒村公寓 (2010)

Shawn Yue is Gene, a successful writer who recently publishes a highly-popular novel called "The Deserted Village". It's a horror-romance story about a village in the form of a remote mansion which has been cursed for the past 500 years and haunted by the jilted widow Rouge (Shi Liuyi). According to the legend, Rouge was once set herself into the fire with her husband after he is burned to death by some superstitious villagers. Although Gene keeps insisting his novel is a work of pure fiction, four college students -- Fanny (Liu Shuhan), Rain (Qin Zihan), Timmy (Dai Xu) and John (Li Zefeng) -- begs to differ and they plan to uncover the truth themselves. Nevertheless, bad things happen to them once they set their foot in the haunted mansion. True to the legend, they are punished with a deadly curse for infidelity against each other. In the meantime, Gene is constantly harassed by someone claiming to be Rouge via online chat and apparently upset over the way he writes the story. But soon the person harassing Gene turns out to be his ex-girlfriend, Gigi (Kitty Zhang) who just wants to freak him out because she's a descendant of the people who own the particular village. When Gene and Gigi start to find out four college students are meeting their inevitable doom, they decide to visit the village in hope to find the answer with the help of Gene's paranormal scientist, Tru (Yue Xiaojun). Apparently, Tru claims there is a strong electromagnetic field in the village, and whoever interacting with it able to cause a person to experience delusional illness.

Saturday, 23 October 2010

Review: GIRL$ 囡囡 (2010)


Review: GIRL$ 囡囡 (2010)

The movie follows four different young women and their experiences of compensated dating (where they get paid to date and mostly end up having sex with their client). Among them are Icy (Michelle Wai), who used to delve into compensated dating but now settled as an agent so she can support and spend more time with her online-game boyfriend (Derek Tsang); Ronnie (Bonnie Xian) is a bored rich girl who gets to know Icy via online chat room agrees to join the trade except that she does them differently -- by sleeping with selected men she prefers and actually pays her clients instead; Lin (Una Lin) who works at the hair salon does it mostly for the money, while enjoying the trade as well (in which she rates every guy she's slept with in her little notebook) and subsequently falling for one of her regular clients (Eric Tse); and finally there's Gucci (Venus Wong), a 16-year-old high school student who is willing to sell her virginity to the highest bidder so she can pay for her expensive limited edition Gucci handbag. Despite their varied reasons getting themselves in such trade, the four become good friends and frequently hanging out together, while facing difficult and sometimes threatening situation connected by the compensated dating lifestyle.

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Review: LEGEND OF THE FIST: THE RETURN OF CHEN ZHEN 夜行俠陳真 (2010)

Review: LEGEND OF THE FIST: THE RETURN OF CHEN ZHEN 夜行俠陳真 (2010)

The movie is actually a continuation of the 1995's hugely popular TV series, FIST OF FURY where we last left off with Chen Zhen (Donnie Yen) being gunned down by a band of Japanese soldiers after avenging his teacher, Huo Yuanjia. Everyone presume he's already died but under (unexplained) circumstances, he has somewhat survived and been laying low ever since.

Sunday, 17 October 2010

Review: DETECTIVE DEE AND THE MYSTERY OF THE PHANTOM FLAME 狄仁傑之通天帝國 (2010)



RATING: 3.5/5

For almost a decade, the once-maverick director Tsui Hark has increasingly lost his creative touch he once known for, especially back in his heydays of '80s and '90s. His so-called "comeback" movies ranging from 2001's THE LEGEND OF ZU, to 2005's SEVEN SWORDS and most recently 2008's MISSING and ALL ABOUT WOMEN were all heavily anticipated but fell short of target. Frankly, his last best movie was 2000's TIME AND TIDE, and his directing effort has never been recovered ever since.