Mysterious Murder, A
Hong Kong 2003
Directed by Mok Kei Ying Hung.


When Japan remade the Korean black comedy THE QUIET FAMILY, about a family that opens an ill-fated inn at which all most of their guests end up dead, Takashi Miike directed and the result was the insane THE HAPPINESS OF THE KATAKURIS. When Hong Kong rips off THE QUIET FAMILY, the result is this boring, shot on video rehash that copies the original slavishly, adds nothing new, and at the same time manages to take away all the humor and drama that made the original the success that it was. Come to think of it, THE QUIET FAMILY was never my favorite movie to begin with. Watching a Z-grade copy of something you didn't even care for when it was an A is not exactly pleasant. Shing Fui On and Teresa Mak in the lead roles provide some respite, but they are inadequate by comparison to the Korean, and Japanese, actors in the same roles.

Rating: Not Recommended (Not Recommended)

Posted by Peter Nepstad on August 31, 2004.


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