Tragic Room, A
Hong Kong 2003
Directed by Bosco Lam Hing-Lung.

OK, so you murdered your husband in cold blood. Stabbed him repeatedly. So what? You did what you had to to protect your sister. He was no good. But after being in jail for three years, you could probably start thinking about getting a job or something and starting fresh. But no, instead you have to track down your sister (now a drug-addled prostitute), beat her to unconsciousness, then tie her up in the abandoned warehouse you found to live in (cheap rent, I guess). Yes, I know it's for her own good and you really lover her, but really, won't it look a little suspicious to the police? A TRAGIC ROOM stars Irene Wan as the ex-con, Leila Tong as her sister, and Sunny Chan as her sister's boyfriend, who stumbles into their lair and gets tied up for a few days as well. Basically a one-room movie. Although it is kind of stupid, Irene Wan gives a strong performance, and the script is pretty good for this kind of digital video cheapie. It presents in some detail some of the trouble you might have tying people up in your house. At one point, the trussed up Leila calls Irene over and pees all over herself. This, bizarrely, brings back a warm, happy memory that Irene has of her younger sister when they were kids, and she peed on herself. It's the little things in life that are so sweet, I guess. Being a "tragic" room, there are some last minute secrets between the three protagonists, violence, and eventually, death.

Rating: Not Recommended (Not Recommended)

Posted by Peter Nepstad on November 16, 2004.

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