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Curse Of The Deserted

Young writer Guo (Shawn Yue) wrote about a titular curse in his book, "The Deserted Village". It began 500 years ago in the Ming Dynasty, when one of the villagers died of terminal illness. The widow Yanzi vowed to stay with her husband forever but when the man suddenly returned to life. The horrified neighbours believed that he was a monster. They burned him to death and torched his mansion. The devastated Yanzi upheld her vow and threw herself into the fire. Since then, the village was cursed and the mansion subsequent inhabitant dies mysteriously. Some say only couples who share true love can survive in that village. Those who are unfaithful will come to their demise. To the world, the book was pure fiction. Only Guo and his ex-girlfriend Zhi (Kitty Zhang) had lived through the horror to know its existence. When four college students decided to explore the village themselves, the trip led them to an ancient well in Yanzi`s mansion, where the curse was unleashed once again.

Language: Mandarin
Subtitle: NA
Classification: PG
Release Date: 12 Aug 2010
Genre: Horror
Running Time: 1 Hour 36 Minutes
Distributor: CATHAY-KERIS FILMS
Cast: Shawn Yue, Kitty Zhang
Director: Law Chi-Leung
Format: NA

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Writer: Audrey Ker

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Watch this if you liked: “Koma”, “The Blair Witch Project”

Ever wondered if the horror stories that you hear about - supposedly from legends - are real? If this haunted place really exists, would you have been brave enough to verify the truth? "Curse Of The Deserted" explores this "what if" question well enough.

Guo (played by Shawn Yue, last seen in "Love In A Puff") is a budding writer who wrote about a particular village with a curse. Four college students who are big fans of his writing and the mystery that shrouds the village decide to go to the village to see what would happen a la "The Blair Witch Project" (sans the shaky camcorders). When grisly events start to happen, Guo finds himself in a difficult situation and has to face the curse of the village together with his ex-girlfriend Zhi (played by Kitty Zhang, famous as Mrs. Yuen in "CJ7").

Best known for his psychological flicks, director Law Chi-Leung wields his magic wand expertly by toying with the audience's minds: Is there such a thing as a supernatural curse in the village, or are they merely figments of your imagination? To make things more exciting (or confusing, depending on how one views it), scientific explanations for the strange occurrences are given from a supporting character, fully equipped with traditional and high-tech 'spirit-detecting' gadgets! Yet, at the very heart of it all (no pun intended), shines a story about true love. A memorable quote best sums it up: "Love is not a game. It's not meant to be tested."

This film is definitely not the average Asian horror film. For one, the spirit haunting the characters is not fully shown. Rather, the director plays with clever camerawork and cinematography to create that eerie atmosphere, which makes it even more chilling to watch! Shawn Yue and Kitty Zhang also have good chemistry together as the bickering exes. The thing that makes this film a little disappointing though, is the unexpected twist at the end. Somehow, it makes the movie fall short of a great finish, as the build up to the climax is a cool experience.

Give this a go if you like psychological thrillers, or if you're just a big romantic at heart. This movie definitely brings a new spin on romance!

Cinema Online, 05 August 2010
   
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Effective 15 July 2011
G - Suitable for all ages
PG - Suitable for all ages, but parents should provide guidance to their young
PG13 - Suitable for persons aged 13 and above, but parental guidance is advised for children below 13
NC16 - Suitable for persons aged 16 years and above
M18 - Suitable for persons aged 18 years and above
R21 - Restricted to persons aged 21 and above only
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