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You ling ren jian (2001)

An unemployed hairdresser and a strange nurse, meet at a club and start a romance. Since meeting her, the young man encounters unexplained things which she says are spirits she can see. ... See full summary »

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Peter Wong Choi
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June / Wong Siu-Kam
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Wong Lin
Sam Lee ...
Simon
James Wong ...
Lo Kit
Yiu-Cheung Lai ...
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Siu-Kam's Mother (as Ying-Hung Wai)
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Little June
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Rashima Maheubani ...
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An unemployed hairdresser and a strange nurse, meet at a club and start a romance. Since meeting her, the young man encounters unexplained things which she says are spirits she can see. They run into people apparently under attack by ghosts and unexplainable deaths to the point that he wants to call off the relationship. The morbidly quirky mystery unravels as they track down details of the decades old death of a loan shark. Written by Sambson

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1 June 2001 (Hong Kong)  »

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Followed by Youling renjian II: Gui wei ren jian (2002) See more »

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A Better Drama and Comedy than Ghost Story
20 September 2003 | by (www.nixflix.com) – See all my reviews

The first thing you will notice about VISIBLE SECRET is its strange sensibilities. Even the film's rhythm is slightly "off", making it very different from the current rash of Hong Kong "I See Ghost" movies of late. Although the premise is overly familiar by now (Shu Qi plays a woman who can see ghosts -- but only with her left eye!), the movie works as an effective human drama (especially the lead's relationship with his brother and father) and as a quirky comedy (the movie is oftentimes very funny). As a ghost story, it falters badly, and there's a twist at the end that, if you weren't asleep during the previous 90 minutes, you can see coming about 50 miles away.

One other thing: VISIBLE SECRET has almost no scares in it. There are some attempts at mood and atmosphere, but for the most part the laughs and over-the-top hilarity overcomes the thrills and chills, which comes across as more mundane requisite than anything the filmmakers were interested in putting into their movie.

7 out of 10

(go to www.nixflix.com for a more detailed review of the film, and reviews of other movies in this genre)


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