Nightmare in Precinct 7
Hong Kong 2001
Directed by Herman Yau.

Andy Hui is a cop who, after a near fatal shooting, can see dead people. But this isn't a SIXTH SENSE sort of movie where he has to help them now, rather, it is the ghosts who help him. After a long rehab during which he falls for a beautiful nurse (Loletta Lee), he is put on a case to stop -- wouldn't you know it -- a nurse killer and rapist. He and his partner, played by Simon Loui, are quickly on the case, as are a few ghosts who help him out. This movie takes its time with the characters, giving it a depth often missing from ghost genre films. Praise then goes to scriptwriters Simon Loui and Herman Yau, who have collaborated often in the past and seem to have reached their peak, here. And although the film is for the most part quite gentle, a ghost-mystery-romance more than an action or horror picture, Yau comes through by the end to remind us he hasn't lost the sick sense of humor that he used to make his old classics like EBOLA VIRUS and UNTOLD STORY. Made at the same time, with the same cast, as KILLING END.

Rating: Recommended (Recommended)

Posted by Peter Nepstad on May 14, 2004.

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