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There Is a Secret in My Soup (2001)

Ren tou dou fu tang (original title)
THERE IS A SECRET IN MY SOUP opens at the scene of the crime and then progresses to the police station, with the officer in charge of the investigation (Michael Wong) questioning the ... See full summary »

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Chiu Chiu Chan ...
Maggie Chan
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Police officer
Angela Ying-Ying Tong ...
Pat
Wing Yin Cheung ...
Complaining whore customer (as Christy Cheung)
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Joe
Hugo Ng ...
Rocky
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THERE IS A SECRET IN MY SOUP opens at the scene of the crime and then progresses to the police station, with the officer in charge of the investigation (Michael Wong) questioning the various parties involved. This provides the necessary lead-in to the flashback structure these films invariably adopt. Abused by her husband, Maggie Chan (Cherry Chan) moves out and into an apartment shared by Pat (Angela Tong) and her spouse Rocky, (Hugo Ng). Maggie begins working as a prostitute for the latter but eventually steals some money and Rocky's fancy lighter, prompting the pimp to send psychotic debt collector Joe (Gabriel Harrison / Hoi Chun-kit) after her. Maggie gave the cash to her sickly grandmother, so Rocky demands that she continue to work as one of his girls and pay him $HK20,000 in four installments. She runs away again, however, and Pat is unable to stand up for her this time. Rocky, Joe, and their buddy Fei then takes turns abusing Maggie in increasingly horrific ways. Written by IvanWong

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Human Head Tofu Soup  »

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The worst of boring crap
5 April 2005 | by (Mountains of Madness) – See all my reviews

Lazy, unfocused, inept film-making from director Yeung Chi Gin. Supposedly based on a true story, it sabotages any opportunity it may have had with patented cluelessness.

It's arguable that it never had a screenplay. Everything that happens is so random and linear. Chiu Chiu Chan (Maggie) steals money and a lighter from a girlfriend's husband (a gangster) to pay for her mother's operation. When the husband finds out, he begins to subject her to non-stop abuse. The abuse, ultimately, leads to her demise.

The flashback structure (ala DR. LAMB, UNTOLD STORY, etc.) provides a sloppy hook to hang a narrative on. Told from the perspective of several miscreants who participated in Maggie's demise, it provides for a choppy, uneven experience.

What truly capsizes THERE IS A SECRET IN MY SOUP is amateurishness. There is no atmosphere, style or intelligence at work here. The film is a simple exercise in cynical commerce.

The abuse scenes look more like charades than reality and the performances are wildly uneven. Two scenes, in which Miss Chin dances "seductively" for one of the criminals, are totally out of context and ludicrous. What were the producers of this mess thinking? Boring crap.


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