Twins Effect II

"I just woke up from the strangest movie..." said Gillian Chung, as she grasped her neck.

Back when Forced Perspective was still in its teething phase, I gave Dante Lam’s 2003 film The Twins Effect a glowing recommendation – albeit, a recommendation as a guilty pleasure. In hindsight, I still feel Lam’s film is more of a “silly” film than a “bad” film for many of the same reasons I’d stated earlier: despite the subpar plot and acting, it’s technically well-crafted and doesn’t take itself too seriously. I’d even forgotten to mention how entertaining Anthony Wong was.  The film was a financial success as well, so it is no surprise that less than a year later Emperor Motion Pictures sprung forth Twins Effect II, a sequel-in-name-only directed by Corey Yuen and Patrick Leung. Like the original, it combines a carefree silliness with a sense of technical skill. The big difference between the two films is that Twins Effect II genuinely sucks.

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Beyond Our Ken

"We have more in common than red streaks in our hair..."

Gillian Chung and Tao Hong share a moment in the bathroom.

Directed by Pang Ho-Cheung

Hong Kong SAR; 2004

Starring Gillian Chung, Tao Hong, and Daniel Wu

97 Min.

Highly Recommended (No Star Rating Provided)

In Short: Wong Kar-Wai’s influence looms large over this unorthodox revenge film, courtesy of talented young director Pang Ho-Cheung. By no means is Beyond Our Ken a masterpiece, and some might find the end disappointing, but it’s an entertaining ride that mixes arthouse and commercial sensibilities. The verisimilitude to actress Gillian Chung’s unfortunate involvement in the Edison Chen Photo Scandal four years later is remarkable.

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