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Short Film Review: Jing Zhe (2013) By Fruit Chan

The last part of the “Tales from the Dark” omnibus, which consisted of three parts by different directors based in Lilian Lee’s works (“Farewell my Concubine” is her most famous work), was actually the best by far, proving that Fruit Chan, who was far from his best form at the time, “still got it”.

The story revolves around Chu, an elderly, quite different fortuneteller, who draws her income by smacking photographs of the people her clients hate, in a process that, supposedly, will lead to extreme harm for them. The night the story takes place in starts quite nicely for her, since a rather vengeful rich woman gives her a lot of money to hurt a number of women. However, it soon turns into a nightmare for Chu, as a rather unusual customer, looking like a teenage girl becomes her last for the night.

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Tales From the Dark to Feed Hungry Chinese Ghosts

Even more foreign horrors are ready to crawl out of the shadows and into your hearts just in time for the Chinese Hungry Ghost celebration. Read on for the first details regarding this two-part terror anthology.

Screen Daily is reporting that Edko Films is ready to unveil a two-part horror feature Tales From The Dark, comprising six segments adapted from stories written by best-selling Hong Kong author Lilian Lee. The six segments will be directed by Fruit Chan, Lee Chi Ngai, Lawrence Lau, Teddy Robin, Gordon Chan and actor Simon Yam in his directorial debut. The project’s ensemble cast will include Yam, Kelly Chen, Maggie Shiu, Yuen Qiu, Josephine Koo, Tony Leung Kar-fai and Lam Suet.

The two parts of the film will be released on July 4 and August 1 to coincide with the Chinese Hungry Ghost Festival.

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