Hong Kong Asian Film Festival 2019
Anthony Wong, Carlos Chan, Karena Lam, Kathy Yuen
Tu Duu Chih, Wu Shu Yao
Yusuke Hatano, Timo Jaeger
Emperor Motion Pictures
A sketchy suicide triggers a righteous insurance broker to plunge into an investigation that puts his life at premium risk. The coroner declared it a suicide, but Mr. Yip is convinced that Mr. Chu may have murdered his own son, in an attempt to collect the insurance money – and his visually impaired wife may be next! During Yip’s search, a barrage of threats greets him, but the real mastermind may have orchestrated something more malicious, and those around him will soon reach critical danger levels.
An unsettling thriller from second-time director Yuen Kim-Wai, who truly enhances the genre by balancing a touchy topic, insurance collection and suicide, while remaining suspenseful from beginning to end, and populating his tale fully fleshed-out characters. Based on the famous Japanese novel Black House by Yusuke Kishi, Yuen, a veteran director of music videos and advertising, brings a strong visual style with a distinct Hong Kong feel, elevated by a beautifully haunting score by award-winning composer Yusuke Hatano (FULL STRIKE, Fantasia 2015). Anthony Wong (THE UNTOLD STORY, INFERNAL AFFAIRS) gives another unique, award-calibre performance as a disturbed father who may or may not be a monster. Arriving at the number-one spot at the local box office, and showered with positive feedback, LEGALLY DECLARED DEAD is now looking for Fantasia beneficiaries! – King-Wei Chu
A poignant and horrific thriller set in 1665, time of the Great Plague and witch hunts in England, THE RECKONING is a cannonball of fury and tears.
At Raven’s End Mortuary, a young woman’s curiosity about death and his past “clients” leads Montgomery Dark to relate a few of the most bizarre tales.
Mauro Iván Ojeda
As an undertaker, death is Bernardo’s business, but it also pervades the home his family lives in. An exceptional ghost story.