Visible Secret- -
Urban tale of fantasies, genre greatly favoured by Hong-Kong cinematography, the latest movie of filmmaker Ann Hui combines elements of horror films with other comical aspects to offer an intriguing and terrifying work of great visual strength.
Twenty-one years after she first essayed the genre in THE SPOOKY BUNCH, Hong Kong helmer Ann Hui returns to spiritual shenanigans in VISIBLE SECRET, to generally satisfying results.
Opening sequence, set 15 years prior to the main story, centers on a young girl who sees a man beheaded by a tram. Post credits, a volatile young party woman, June, picks up Peter in a disco and back at his place they exchange bodily fluids. Next morning, she’s disappeared, and Peter and his friend, Simon, discover the former’s father lying in the shower coated in red paint and burbling he’s possessed by a ghost. As June and Peter continue their relationship, the latter finds himself becoming even more confused over the dividing line between the real and the spirit world, especially when his father hangs himself in the hospital but keeps showing up in Peter’s eyes.
Thanks to Far East Film Festival