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Zhixi (2005)

Not Rated | | Thriller | April 2005 (China)
A cello case becomes an instrument of terror for a photographer convinced he murdered his cheating wife. Chinese film star Ge You (Butterfly Smile) is the schizophrenic haunted by the case,... See full summary »


Bingjian Zhang


Xiaoni Gu
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Credited cast:
You Ge ... Chen Xiao
Bin Li Bin Li ... Mrs. Zhao
Hailu Qin ... Meizi


A cello case becomes an instrument of terror for a photographer convinced he murdered his cheating wife. Chinese film star Ge You (Butterfly Smile) is the schizophrenic haunted by the case, which he may have used to dispose of his wife's corpse. The lines between the subconscious and conscious, the dead and the living, horrifically blur in this intense, atmospheric psychological thriller. Drenched with suspense and black humor, SUFFOCATION's twisted nightmare journey through the emotional strangulation of madness will make you gasp! Written by Anonymous

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April 2005 (China) See more »

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Suffocation See more »

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Beijing Film Studio See more »
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Title card before start of film: "The human conscious mind is like the part of the iceberg above the sea, while the subconscious is like the body of the iceberg underneath." - Sigmund Freud See more »


Konzert fuer Gemischten Chor
Lyrics by Grigor Narekatsi (as Gregor Narekatsi)
Music by Alfred Shnitke (as Alfred Schnittke)
Performed by the State Chamber Choir of the U.S.S.R.
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Excellent psychological thriller
4 December 2005 | by gmwhiteSee all my reviews

This film is also known as 'Suffocation'.

On the cover of the DVD, 'Suffocation' is labeled 'The First Chinese Psycho Movie'. This, for me, conjured up the ideas of Halloween or Friday the 13th and other 'slasher' films. Having the benefit of hindsight, what I think is meant, is 'psychological' movie, which it certainly is, with a surrealistic blending of fact and fantasy which proves very satisfying in how it is all worked out in the end.

Lead actor Ge You plays (as he did in 'Butterfly Smile') a photographer. He is in almost all the scenes, and it is very much his movie. He is certainly talented enough to pull it off, though he is also well-supported by the rest of the cast.

I don't wish to give any plot details away, since putting it all together is part of the fun. The story itself is presented in sections, arranged non-chronologically and often with nightmarish visuals. This allows for some quite innovative camera-work, giving it an expressionistic, almost 'art-house' feel.

Overall, a recommended novelty from mainland Chinese cinema.

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