With a distinctly Hong Kong style and adapted from the horror novel series by best-selling author Lilian Lee, Tales From The Dark Part 1 brings together some of the most familiar stars and directors to present three supernatural stories about ghosts seeking retribution.
Award-winning actor Simon Yam makes his directorial debut with Stolen Body, a story about a little ghost and a poor man with a surprisingly socioeconomic message. Driven mad as he struggles to make his rent, the man (played by Yam) plots a quick fix that involves stealing from the dead.
Lee Chi Ngai directs A Word in the Palm, a horror/comedy featuring Tony Leung Ka-fai as a fortuneteller about to retire from his trade. On his last day at work, he is confronted by the ghost of a drowned schoolgirl seeking revenge.
The last tale, Jing Zhe, directed by Fruit Chan, focuses on the ancient practice of “villain hitting.” On a Hong Kong curbside, an old woman runs a business that lays curses on her customers’ enemies. This is accomplished through chanting and repeatedly smacking their likenesses with a shoe. When a young female apparition appears seeking spiritual reparations, the violence begins and quickly escalates to a climax of vengeance and justice.
Simon Yam is an internationally acclaimed Hong Kong actor who has starred in over 170 films, including SPL (2005), Election (2005), The Thieves (2012), Ripples of Desire (2012), and Man of Tai Chi (2013). In 2010, he won the Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actor for Echoes of the Rainbow.
Lee Chi Ngai is a Hong Kong-born director, executive producer, producer, and screenwriter. He is best known for his feel good box office hits Tom, Dick and Hairy (1993), and Lost and Found (1996).
Fruit Chan is an independent Hong Kong Second Wave screenwriter, filmmaker, and producer, who became popular after the success of his 1997 film Made in Hong Kong. Chan was influenced by the era of sixties film in Japan, realistic movies that addressed society’s problems. Reel Asian screened Made in Hong Kong in 1998.
Actor/Director Simon Yam will be doing a FREE artist talk on Thu Nov 7, 3:30 pm at AGO Jackman Hall