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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 »

Director:

Oxide Chun Pang

Writers:

Oxide Chun Pang (screenplay), Thomas Pang (as Pak-sing Pang)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Race Wong Race Wong ... Jiney
Rosanne Wong Rosanne Wong ... Jas
Anson Leung ... Anson
Michelle Yim ... Jiney's Mum
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Cub Chin Cub Chin ... Professor in Figure Painting Class
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Storyline

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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Drama | Horror

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

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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese

Release Date:

4 November 2004 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Ab-normal Beauty See more »

Filming Locations:

Hong Kong, China

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color
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Trivia

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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Beautiful, intriguing, but watch your nerves for the last 20 minutes.
19 February 2005 | by fedthoSee all my reviews

Only 2 comments as I'm writing this, and this movie definitely deserves better.

I saw it at a little horror festival in France in January.

This movie is about being lost when you're supposed to become an adult, being lost in the harsh, individualistic world we live in... (that sounds very common, but the movie isn't.) It also takes on voyeurism in a quite original way, even questions photography and "beauty"...

There is a perpetual and nameless menace surrounding the young girl we follow. She feels alone, misunderstood. But she's got strength and will and talent...

Her obsession with death will ultimately be an opportunity for her to face herself, although she really seems to loose it as the story unfolds.

I really find this movie appealing and quite outstanding, and I want to recommend it... ...but there is that finale!!! I can't talk about the ending without destroying what is certainly an intended impression...

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but I feel this movie should warn audiences about its extreme violence.

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That said, there are a lot of reasons to watch this if you have the opportunity.


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