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Troublesome Night 3
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Fennie Yuen and Michael Tse
Year: 1998
Director: Herman Yau Lai-To
Producer: Nam Yin
Writer: Kenneth Lau Hau-Wai, Chang Kwok-Tze
Cast: Louis Koo Tin-Lok, Fennie Yuen Kit-Ying, Simon Lui Yu-Yeung, Allen Ting Chi-Chun, Christine Ng Wing-Mei, Chin Kar-Lok, Law Lan, Lee Kin-Yan, Lee Lik-Chee, Au Chi-Ting, Michael Tse Tin-Wah, Rain Lau Yuk-Tsui, Shing Fui-On, Vincent Kok Tak-Chiu, Emotion Cheung Kam-Ching, Ng Chi-Hung, Lo Meng
The Skinny: A rare gem of a commercial horror flick from director Herman Yau.
by Kozo:
     After two Troublesome Night installments that didn’t really hit the mark, this third one scores in unexpected ways. This “Yin Yang Road” sequel is a mild horror film that features minor scares but good attention to character and situation development.
     Louis Koo is the enterprising head of a funeral business who chases accident reports to find clients. His employees consist of make-up artists Fennie Yuen and Allen Ting, and ceremony performers Simon Lui, Ng Chi-Hung, and Chin Kar-Lok among others. 
     Like the previous films, there are three basic stories tied together by an overlapping structure. Story number one involves the death of a young pop idol whose corpse is horribly disfigured. Allen Ting is a huge fan and makes it his mission to give her a beautiful funeral. Story two (the funniest one) involves Simon Lui and Ng Chi-Hung, who overcharge a client (Christine Ng) who’s worshipping her deceased grandmother (Law Lan). Suffice it to say that Law Lan doesn’t take kindly to the bill. The final, and most affecting story involves Fennie Yuen, whose romance with Michael Tse is developed throughout the film. Eventually, they decide to marry, but he cannot come to grips with her morbid occupation - she touches dead bodies.
     Another title for this film could have been “Mortuary Blues,” as we really learn about the lives and emotions of people who work with the dead. This isn’t a groundbreaking movie in any way, but it features good development and fine moments. Even the acting is strangely solid. There’s some gleeful over-the-top acting from Simon Lui and Ng Chi-Hung in the middle segment, while Fennie Yuen is affecting in the final act. This is a genuinely surprising and uncommon horror film. 
(Kozo 1998)
Awards: 5th Annual Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards
• Recommended Film
Availability: DVD (Hong Kong)
Region 0 NTSC
Mei Ah Laser
Cantonese and Mandarin Language Tracks
Removable English and Chinese Subtitles

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