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Memories: A woman wakes up on a street without memory. A husband cannot remember why his wife left him. The woman wanders the streets trying to contact the only phone number she has on her. The husband see's her ghost in his apartment and discovers her mutilated body in a large bag in his home (Korea). The Wheel: Extravagant cursed puppets cause fires, deaths, physical pain and a little girl to be possessed (Thailand). Going Home: A father goes in search of his missing son and is abducted by a strange man. The strangers wife has died of cancer three years prior but he keeps her in his apartment under the impression she will 'wake up' (Hong Kong). Written by
Korean, Thailand and Hong Kong filmmakers have a brilliant idea: make a omnibus of three short horror films featuring the best of the the three nation's film crews. The result is three short films, each about 40 minutes, which delve into the theme of death and beyond.
I'm not so sure what I liked about the first short though. Coolly shot, "Memories", directed by Korean director Kim Ji-Wun, is the sparest of the three; it starts with a ultra-slow-moving zoom which focuses on a man on a sofa, who have terrible visions of his wife being killed, before showing us the woman in question who has suffered amnesia making her way back. All sounds very right in synopsis of course, but I had a hard time making head or tails of the story from a first watch. The problem with "Memories" is that it does not have enough of a story; although the director plays with psychological scares and shock tactics and the short is well directed from this point of view, the denouement is hardly worth the fallout and ends up feeling more cryptic than satisfying.
Thailand's entry "The Wheel" is far more conventional, but makes a good story. Essentially, it tells the tale of some puppets which have been suspected to be put a curse on. Very fine cinematography, good pacing, even if the story is nothing to boast about, but the production values and commitment makes this a worthwhile take - and furthermore with some very exotic shots of traditional Thailand puppetry art.
But the finest of the three has to be Peter Chan's "Going Home", a truly macabre and chilling exploration of a man's obsession with his wife. Christopher Doyle's cinematography is superb, but equally outstanding is Peter Chan's direction, which is assured but never outlandish, and slowly sucks us in into a psychological drama which is both compelling and dare one say, poignant. The acting is first rate too, particularly from Leon Lai. My only qualm is in the exposition, which seems too long, and contains too many loose ends, making it difficult to make sense whether it is a realistic world or a paranormal one it is depicting. Nonetheless, this must be one of the best horror tales to come from Hong Kong. If anything, "Three" is worth seeing for this segment alone.
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