Palm Pictures | Release Date: June 6, 2003
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WJPLinJun 22, 2003
What US critics do not realize is that films like that are a dime a dozen in Hong Kong and Singapore. And for those of us who can actually understand the Cantonese and garbled Mandarin dialogue, it's a truly awful film whose nauseating What US critics do not realize is that films like that are a dime a dozen in Hong Kong and Singapore. And for those of us who can actually understand the Cantonese and garbled Mandarin dialogue, it's a truly awful film whose nauseating cheap awfulness and crappiness is disguised to US audiences underexposed to films of this genre. English-speaking audiences will not realize that the actors are actually not from a single country, and are cross-speaking to each other in whatever their native tongue is, resulting in a terrible mish-mash, like those pathetic Euromutt films where British actors are speaking English to their French co-stars, who reply in French. In this case it's worse because it's not even dubbed over. And if you are from Singapore, you will recognize the cheap, has-been television soap opera actors from the 80's that they brought to star in this low budge production. The fact that the actors got awards for their performance testifies what everyone already knows: that Asian film making is at its lowest point in its history. There is simply no competition for the awards so it's quite easy to win. American audiences ignorant of these glaring factors are refreshed by cheesyness posing as kitch. For a Chinese viewer, it's just another god-awful Asian rip-off of "The Sixth Sense" (several Hong Kong films have already been produced with the exact same premises after the success of the Hollywood version), with as much attention to quality control as the mainland Chinese vendors who distribute copies of the latest pirated Hollywood movie. A film this unimaginative and poorly made should not be offered mass distribution in the US. National critics would never have forgiven Hollywood if it made this film, why be extra generous just because it came from the East? Expand
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