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Koma (2004)
"Jiu ming" (original title)

R  |   |  Drama, Horror, Thriller  |  22 April 2004 (Hong Kong)
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Jealousy, desire, trust, and revenge. A complicated love triangle emerges during an investigation into the theft of a woman's kidney. At a wedding party in a fancy hotel, a guest happens on... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kar Yan Lam ...
Suen Ling (as Karena Lam)
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Chi Ching (as Lee Sinje)
Andy Chi-On Hui ...
Raymond (as Andy Hui)
Raymond Wong ...
Ah-Keung
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Sergant Lee Wah-Biu
Roy Chow ...
Chi Ming
Annie Man ...
Ah-Shan
Hong Dou Liu ...
Chi Ching's Mother
Candice Chan ...
Bride
Ho-Yin Wong ...
Bridegroom (as Wong Cho Yiu)
April Tung ...
Naked Woman
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Hypnotism Teacher (as Mo Qi)
Carlos Tin-Cheung Koo ...
Bestman (as Carlos Koo)
Elton Mak ...
Lobby Manager
Wong Kwok Man ...
Hotel Attendant
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Jealousy, desire, trust, and revenge. A complicated love triangle emerges during an investigation into the theft of a woman's kidney. At a wedding party in a fancy hotel, a guest happens on the victim. The guest, Chi Ching, reports seeing a suspicious woman at the wedding, and at a police station, it's disclosed that the woman in question, Suen Ling, has slept with Ching's fiancé, Wei. He claims he loves only Ching, but Ling keeps showing up. Reassured by Wei, Ching tries to befriend Ling. Ling's back-story, Ching's health, and Wei's desires keep the love triangle spinning. It's not back-stabbing that Ching must worry about, but a 9-inch incision on her side. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Drama | Horror | Thriller

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Rated R for violence and some nudity | See all certifications »

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22 April 2004 (Hong Kong)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$182,722 (Hong Kong) (30 April 2004)

Gross:

$882,836 (Hong Kong) (14 May 2004)
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References Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002) See more »

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Koma
Composed by Kwong Wing Chan
Lyrics by Lin Xi
Sung by Kar Yan Lam (as Karena Lam)
Click Music Ltd. (Admin. by Music Nation), Gold Label Music Ltd.
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Kidney donor.
22 December 2007 | by (the Mad Hatter's tea party.) – See all my reviews

The urban myth in this modern Honk Kong thriller simply makes my skin crawl, and the film effectively pulls you along for an unnervingly captivating ride. However this dark concept is only a stepping tool for the premise to move along, then to focus upon it. Susan Chan's well-oiled story keeps the tempo tight, is held together by a strongly stimulating script and constantly stays busy with its cat-and-mouse layout. These do make up for the predictability of the film's material, and a silly surprise towards the end. Like the other user-comments have mentioned, the many twists that the framework throws up are pretty much foreseeable and some quite questionable, but director Chi-Leung Law still manages to competently construct slabs of unbearable psychological tension and grisly violence that teases the viewer. His direction might be economically executed, but he crafts out a stylishly bold and at times visual feast of perfect timing within his suffocating set-pieces. Going a long way to cementing a creepy atmosphere of despair, and uncertainty is that of a beautifully layered music score, which always packed a sudden sting and the sublime staging of Chi Ying Chan's crisp, moody cinematography. What really is the key of the success are the magnificently flawless lead performances of Angelica Lee and especially Karena Lam. Both bring humane, provocative turns that are truly convincing, and moving in every detail and the hazy relationship between the two characters is truly a complicated web. A very well made and professionally acted film, where from the get-go its faults seem immensely minor to disrupt a very entertaining, worthwhile story.


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