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Linger (2008)

Hu die fei (original title)
A woman is revisited by the ghost of her ex-boyfriend, three years after a car crash took his life.

Director:

Johnnie To

Writer:

Ivy Ho (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vic Chou ... Zheng Jing Dong
Bingbing Li ... Foo Yan Kai (as Li Bing Bing)
Maggie Siu ... Ms. Chan (as Maggie Shiu)
Suet Lam ... Yan's Roomate (as Lam Suet)
Roy Cheung ... Dr. Yuen
Yi-kei Fong Yi-kei Fong ... (as Cecilia Fong)
You-Nam Wong You-Nam Wong ... Hui Luk Wo (as Wong You Nam)
Mia Yam Mia Yam ... (as Mia Yan)
Jimmy Fu Jimmy Fu
Ronald Yan ... Doctor
Wai Leung Hung Wai Leung Hung ... (as Hung Wai Leung)
Wai-Ling Chan Wai-Ling Chan ... (as Chan Wai Ling)
Rachel Chan Rachel Chan
Cody Wong Cody Wong
Queenie Wong Queenie Wong
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Storyline

A woman is revisited by the ghost of her ex-boyfriend, three years after a car crash took his life.

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Taglines:

To Love & Cherish...In Life & Death.

Genres:

Drama | Romance

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Mandarin | Cantonese | English

Release Date:

10 January 2008 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Flying Butterfly See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,103,223
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Soundtracks

ONLY MEMORY
Performed by Bingbing Li
Music Composed & Arranged & Mixing by Guy Zerafa and Dave Klotz
Lyrics by Lin Xi
Vocal Producer: Benny Bi
O.P. Touch Music Publishing Pte. Ltd.,
EMI Music Publishing (S.E. Asia) Ltd., Taiwan Branch
S.P.: EMI Music Publishing Hong Kong
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An Effective Alternative to Waterboarding
4 May 2008 | by wordmonkeySee all my reviews

This film is painfully, offensively bad. I was stunned that this was a Johnny To film, since he's a director of no small talent when it comes to crime dramas and gangster films. But clearly, romance is not his forte.

The script was the kind of amateurish glop you'd expect from a smitten teenage girl. Void of real drama, the attempts at character development were silly and pointless. Most scenes consisted of endless discussions between the leads about what might have been, or emotionally overwrought reactions to events. The dialog was agonizing to experience, and in constant violation of the "show, don't tell" rule of writing by having characters speak aloud lines that should have been subtext.

And then there's the music; the ugly, ugly music. Imagine drowning in sweet green cough syrup, choking on mouthfuls of saccharine while your brain is numbed into a surreal dextromethorphan haze. It's awful beyond description, wielded like a sonic sledgehammer in every single scene as a desperate attempt to manufacture emotion where none exists. Sawing one's ears off with a steak knife is the only appropriate response.

If you see a copy of this film, run screaming in the opposite direction as if it were a shattered vial of the Ebola virus -- exposure WILL cause you to vomit blood.


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