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Ab-normal Beauty (2004)

Sei mong se jun (original title)
Jiney is a talented student of Arts with a trauma in her childhood and lack of communication with her mother, and excellent photographer that is not satisfied with her awarded works. When ... See full summary »

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Race Wong ...
Jiney
Rosanne Wong ...
Jas
Anson Leung ...
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Michelle Yim ...
Jiney's Mum
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Jiney is a talented student of Arts with a trauma in her childhood and lack of communication with her mother, and excellent photographer that is not satisfied with her awarded works. When she witnesses a car crash, she is driven by a morbid wish and takes pictures of the dead victim. She becomes obsessed with death, and her close friend Jas feels that Jiney needs help with her abnormal behavior and attraction. When Jiney supersedes her death wish, she receives a snuff video where a girl is tortured and killed in front of the camera. Jiney shows the tape to Jas, who questions the authenticity of the footage, and they believe it is a prank of their friend Anson. When the girls realize that it is not a joke of Anson, Jiney receives another tape with the message inviting her to take a look. When she sees the tape, she becomes scared with the sinister footage. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Rated R for strong violent content and some nudity | See all certifications »

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The car crash towards the beginning of the movie is the same one used in this film's companion, Ah ma yau nan (2004), which was directed and co-written by Danny Pang, Oxide Chun Pang's twin brother. See more »

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Nothing Normal about this movie...
19 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"It's the most beautiful thing I've ever seen" - Richie, "American Beauty" The Asian films are so different from American films. They put a different thought process behind it. They make you think about things, while many American films are just sit in the theater for 2 hours, watching nothing.

The heart of this film is everything is beautiful. It can be a purple skyscraper. An overpass. Someone dead in the middle of the street from a car accident. This movie shows the beauty of the latter, which is good, until the character becomes obsessive about these pictures. Then it becomes a nice little thriller. Not jumpy, but it is wince worthy.

At times, I almost felt bad for liking this movie so much, but it is now one of my favorite.


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