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Tales from the Dark 1 (2013)

Mai lei yeh (original title)
This film tells three different horror stories. The first consist of a men who steals urns for money, the second about a fortune teller running from ghosts and the third presents the relationship between two unusual woman.


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Credited cast:
Simon Yam ... Kwan Fu-Keung (segment "Stolen Goods")
Tony Ka Fai Leung ... Ho Ho (segment "A Word in the Palm")
Kelly Chen ... Lan (segment "A Word in the Palm")
Susan Yam-Yam Shaw ... Chu (segment "Jing Zhe")
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Adam Chung-Tai Chan ... Mahjong Neighbor (segment "Jing Zhe") (as Chung-Tai Chan)
Ariel Hiu-Man Chan Ariel Hiu-Man Chan ... Little Ghost (segment "Stolen Goods")
Audrey Hiu-Yau Chan Audrey Hiu-Yau Chan ... Little Ghost (segment "Stolen Goods")
Dada Chan ... Ghost (segment "Jing Zhe")
Jeannie Chan Jeannie Chan ... Mrs. Cheung (segment "A Word in the Palm")
Ka-Sing Chan Ka-Sing Chan ... An (segment "Jing Zhe")
Lai-wun Chan Lai-wun Chan ... Old Villains Hitter (segment "Jing Zhe")
Phat Chan Phat Chan ... Chan (segment "Jing Zhe")
Wing-Chiu Chan Wing-Chiu Chan ... Policeman (segment "Jing Zhe")
Apple Chau Apple Chau ... Masseuse (segment "Jing Zhe")
Woon Ling Hau ... Rubbish Woman (segment "Jing Zhe")


This film tells three different horror stories. The first consist of a men who steals urns for money, the second about a fortune teller running from ghosts and the third presents the relationship between two unusual woman.

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Hong Kong


Mandarin | Cantonese

Release Date:

11 July 2013 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

1: Stolen Goods See more »


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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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A long haul movie, falling short on a few vital ingredients
12 August 2013 | by videorama-759-859391See all my reviews

In this review I'm including part 2 as well. As a gore hound to this so called Asian horror fest, I was let down for quite a while as there's much more humor, instead of slashings, decapitations, what have you, to these six small tales of the bizarre, that constitute a movie of over three hours running time. I didn't find it that much scary as I thought. As with Evil Dead, to a smaller extent, again my expectations were held too high as I thought it would be full bore. There are a couple of moments where you'll jump thanks to the dark and deafening nasty music score, that preludes that moment of surprise or shock. The nasty score at the start gave the impression this was to be a really scary sick flick, but it really disappointed me on that number as did the gore. The most sickening gore scene is the one in the last shorter tale involving a prostitute who gets her just desserts. Although Tales in The Dark is very smart and invented story wise, no denying that, what we've got in between is a lot of drone time, flatness, the story telling cuts too deep, weighing the film down, until the next shock, although the humor, compensates for quite a bit of it. But for the reasons stated earlier, I was just expecting a more scary vehicle. One asset was story 2, which starred Tony Leung, one of the best Asian actors of this generation, if not the best. And what would a multiple horror tale film be, without one including revenge. Not without interest, just some of you, you expectations will fall short.

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