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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The Guilty Pleasure Pile: The Twins Effect

Generally Speaking, we at Forced Perspective love great films and detest bad films. But what happens when one of us grows fond of a film that we know in our hearts is total crap? This is where we stash such films: The Guilty Pleasure Pile.

Gillian Chung and Charlene Choi slay vampires and keep up with the latest fashion.

For our inaugural film from the heap, I’ll be looking at Dante Lam’s 2003 film The Twins Effect. For the uninitiated, the Twins (Gillian Chung and Charlene Choi) became one of Hong Kong’s most ridiculously popular music acts in the early naughts. While in Hollywood it isn’t uncommon for a pop star to take a turn to the silver screen, in Hong Kong it’s practically expected. In fact, many of Hong Kong’s most popular and beloved actors also have music careers. Andy Lau, Tony Leung Chiu-Wai, Jackie Chan (who has an extended cameo in this film), and Leslie Cheung (possibly the best actor Hong Kong has ever seen) are all well known for their music as well as their film roles.

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