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Visible Secret (2001)

You ling ren jian (original title)
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 »

Director:

Ann Hui

Writer:

Abe Kwong
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eason Chan ... Peter Wong Choi
Qi Shu ... June / Wong Siu-Kam
Anthony Chau-Sang Wong ... Wong Lin
Sam Lee ... Simon
James Wong ... Lo Kit
Yiu-Cheung Lai ... Peter's brother (as Yiu-Hung Lai)
Kara Wai ... Siu-Kam's Mother (as Ying-Hung Wai)
Tony Liu ... Master Tsang (as Wing Lau)
Tat-Ming Cheung ... Taxi Driver
Jo Kuk ... Ghost on the subway (as Jo Koo)
Kelly Moo Kelly Moo ... Little June
Perry Chan Perry Chan ... Dicky
Tiffany Lee ... Carmen
Rashima Maheubani Rashima Maheubani ... Sue
Ho Fili Ho Fili ... Fatso
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Storyline

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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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese

Release Date:

1 June 2001 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Visible Secret See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Hauntingly Beautiful!
24 June 2001 | by noshit!See all my reviews

Visible Secret's directed and produced by one of the greatest living film-makers, Ann Hui. Ann's won numerous awards - best director, best film, etc. - and if you aren't acquainted with her, well, go see Visible Secret and you'll know why she's so good.

The leads are pretty good. Say what you like, Shu Qi - the sex-pot - is a good actress. I particularly liked her in the early karaoke scene.

But look out for the supporting actress Hui Ying Hong, the mother of a little boy called Hsiao Hsung in the movie. She's a famous Hong Kong actress with real kung fu skills. Here, she's not called on to display her fighting prowess, but, boy, can she act. In one scene, you can literally see the veins on her temple popping out, so intense yet natural is her facial expression; it reminds me of Lawrence Fishburne's very fine facial expressions as Morpheus in The Matrix, when he was interrogated by Agent Smith.

Visible Secret is an intelligent movie - you've got to concentrate on the plot or you won't understand the ending. Everything ties together at the end, and if you understand it THEN - I couldn't, and a friend had to explain to me certain aspects of the movie even after a second viewing - you'll agree the story's superb.

Though principally a horror movie, Visible Secret has some of the finest comedic moments I've ever seen on the silver screen. I caught it at preview, and the audience appreciated one funny moment so much a few persons actually applauded.

Visible Secret's a real scary movie. And the best thing is, it doesn't rely on sudden, loud sounds to frighten you, which the lousy horror flicks resort to.

Incidentally, the poster for the movie, which shows a row of seated people in an underground train, was banned by the MTR in Hong Kong as being too scary. I don't think the poster's too scary, but I do think it's very clever. The tagline "What's that sitting next to you?" is eye-catching.

Watch out for the movie's play with sounds. It's nearly as good as The Ring in its use of sound to create an eerie mood. Incidentally, I don't know of any director who uses sound as well as Ann. PAY ATTENTION TO HER USE OF SOUND.

One of the hallmarks of good movie direction is proper pacing. Director Ann excels at it.

The original score is excellent.

Many of the scenes are hauntingly beautiful.

I believe Visible Secret will go down in movie history like Gattaca - good but underrated. Don't be put off by anyone who's seen the movie and says it's lousy - they just don't get it.

Go see Visible Secret. You won't be disappointed. 10/10


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