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Troublesome Night
Chinese: 陰陽路 "Give me that sandwich."
Louis Koo sans tan
Year: 1997
Director: Herman Yau Lai-To, Steve Cheng Wai-Man, Tam Long-Cheung
Producer: Nam Yin
Cast: Louis Koo Tin-Lok, Simon Lui Yu-Yeung, Allen Ting Chi-Chun, Christy Chung Lai-Tai, Ada Choi Siu-Fun, Teresa Mak Ka-Kei, Jason Chu Wing-Tong, Hui Fan, Lee Lik-Chee, Kenix Kwok Ho-Ying, Ivy Leung Si-Man, Yuen King-Tan, Christine Ng Wing-Mei, Sunny Chan Kam-Hung, Ng Chi-Hung, Bak Ka-Sin, Lee Siu-Kei, Candy Hau Woon-Ling
The Skinny: Amusing set of horror stories with crossing narratives. Nothing here is particularly frightening, but the comedy helps, and Simon Lui is entertaining in a smarmy sort of way.
by Kozo:

First in the prolific horror-comedy series finds Simon Lui Yu-Yeung as Peter Butt, a Rod Serling-type narrator who gives us the skinny on four strange ghost tales (two of which were directed by Herman Yau). In the first, a trio of young buddies (Louis Koo, Allen Ting and Jason Chu) go camping and run into a trio of camping girls (Ada Choi, Teresa Mak and Bak Ka-Sin). They attempt to scam one another with scary tricks, but real ghosts may be involved. In story two, a driver (Christy Chung) loses her way while trying to contact her unfaithful husband (Sunny Chan) via phone. In story three, Teresa Mak gets seduced by a ghost, leaving new boyfriend Jason Chu to seek out the help of Peter Butt's wacky twin brother (Simon Lui with a mole). The last story involves a haunted movie theater, which is showing a parody of A Moment of Romance starring Ng Chi-Hung.

The stories themselves are all right, but not truly frightening. This is more a film about strange ghost occurences than outright gory horror stuff. If you can get used to the mildness of the whole thing then you may find some amusement, and Simon Lui ties everything together with a sometimes annoying, but fittingly overdone and amusing comic performance. What makes this film interesting is the crossing narratives, as characters reappear in different stories, and even narrator Peter Butt gets involved in the final story. The nifty framing device makes the individual tales more interesting than they would be alone, and despite the fact that there's no payoff, the ultimate feeling is one of mild amusement. This is, in no way, a standout horror film, but as cheap HK entertainment it suffices pretty well. (Kozo 1997)

Availability: DVD (Hong Kong)
Region 0 NTSC
Mei Ah Laser
Cantonese and Mandarin Language Tracks
English and Chinese Subtitles

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