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In Love With the Dead

Prolific Hong Kong genre duo Danny and Oxide Pang raise their game with "In Love With the Dead," a moody terminal-illness meller that develops into a ghost story with a "Fatal Attraction" kick.

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With: Shawn Yu, Stephy Tang, Yoka Yue, Zeng Qiqi, Kiki Sheung, Raymond Cho, Ken Wong, Patrick Tam.

Prolific Hong Kong genre duo Danny and Oxide Pang raise their game with “In Love With the Dead,” a moody terminal-illness meller that develops into a ghost story with a “Fatal Attraction” kick. A rung above the brothers’ usual style-over-substance shockers, Danny Pang’s solo helming effort effectively injects supernatural mystery into the involving tale of a dying woman and her vulnerable b.f. Partly bucking expectations of the team’s youthful core audience, pic, toplining Shawn Yu and Stephy Tang, notched a moderate $600,000 locally late last year, but the Pang brand name assures strong ancillary.

Diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, wispy 20-something Wai (Tang) is cared for by b.f. Ming (Yu) and Wai’s kid sister Ping (Zeng Qiqi), an avid horror-comic reader. Buckling under the pressure, Ming strays into the bed of Fong (newcomer Yoka Yue), his new boss and one-time schoolmate. After minimal spook quota and a tad too much stoic suffering in the first half, the elements gel nicely when guilt-wracked Ming starts wondering whether all the females in his life are from another dimension. Atmospherically shot package throws clever curveballs and is solidly performed. Tech work is tops.

In Love With the Dead

Hong Kong

Production: A Gala Film release of a Universe Entertainment production. (International sales: Universe Films Distribution Co., Hong Kong.) Produced by Pang Brothers. Executive producers, Daneil Lam, Chiu Suet-ying. Directed by Danny Pang. Screenplay, Danny Pang, Pak-sing Pang.

Crew: Camera (color/B&W), Keung Kwok-man; editor, Curran Pang; music, Payont Permsith, Jadet Chawang; art director, Cinnie Fung. Reviewed at Reading Market City Cinema, Sydney, Feb. 8, 2008. Cantonese dialogue. Running time: 97 MIN.

With: With: Shawn Yu, Stephy Tang, Yoka Yue, Zeng Qiqi, Kiki Sheung, Raymond Cho, Ken Wong, Patrick Tam.

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