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Slim Till Dead (2005)

Shou shen (original title)
Sergeant Tak (Anthony Wong) must track down a serial killer whose victims are starved, mutilated, and killed, and weighing exactly 70 pounds. The victims have an unexplainable link to a TV ... See full summary »

Directors:

Marco Mak, Jing Wong

Writer:

Jing Wong
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Cast

Credited cast:
Anthony Chau-Sang Wong ... Sergeant Tak
Sheren Tang ... Ling
Cherrie Ying ... Cherrie
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pui-yan Chan Pui-yan Chan
Lai Kwan Cheng Lai Kwan Cheng
Si Man Hui
Gangshan Jing Gangshan Jing ... Ken (as Gang-shan Jing)
Ngoi-Yin Lee Ngoi-Yin Lee
Zuki Lee Zuki Lee
Vonnie Lui
Wing-Yee Luk Wing-Yee Luk
Hung Siu Hung Siu
Kristal Tin ... Sisi
Jing Wong ... William Hung
Raymond Ho-Yin Wong ... Bull (as Ho-Yin Wong)
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Sergeant Tak (Anthony Wong) must track down a serial killer whose victims are starved, mutilated, and killed, and weighing exactly 70 pounds. The victims have an unexplainable link to a TV show which runs a beauty contest called "Slim Queen", where they appear as contestants. The plot thickens as Sergeant Tak and his wife, Ling, an ex-detective herself, race to find the murderer before more contestants end up dead. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese

Release Date:

3 March 2005 (Hong Kong) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Hong Kong, China

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1.85 : 1
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Nothing outstanding...
25 January 2016 | by paul_haakonsenSee all my reviews

For a crime thriller, then "Slim Till Dead" (aka "Shou shen") wasn't particularly impressive, and it was often hanging just above the mediocre waterline.

Directors Marco Mak and Jing Wong set out with a potential interesting story, especially since there compulsive obsession with weight loss and weighing next to nothing is rampart amongst the women of Hong Kong - trust me, as I have lived there.

However, the story just failed to rise to the occasion, and only managed to muster a mediocre result. Which was a shame, because "Slim Till Dead" did have potential for much more.

It was the synopsis of the movie and the fact that Anthony Chau-Sang Wong stars in the movie which lured me in. But sadly this movie didn't impress. It should be said that he wasn't really performing up to his usual standards in this movie.

What hindered the movie was the lack of anything really interesting or appealing ever really happened. And as such, then the movie just trotted along at a very mediocre pace. And even when the odd bits and pieces of anything that could be interesting, then what was put on the table just never managed to take hold.

"Slim Till Dead" does deal with some interesting topic, but just a shame that directors Marco Mak and Jing Wong didn't delve deeper into this social stigma, because that this is a multi-million business in Hong Kong which is rotten to the core, and fueled by the media's ability to bombard the people with unrealistic ideals for their bodies.

All in all, then "Slim Till Dead" is not a noteworthy movie to have made it out of the Hong Kong cinema. It is mediocre at best, and there are far better crime thrillers available. "Slim Till Dead" scores a very mediocre five out of ten stars from me.


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