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Koma

4

A woman wakes up in a bath full of ice, minus a kidney. On the wall, in blood, a helpful amateur surgeon has scrawled, ""Call the police or you'll die"". Particularly nasty urban myth? Probably, but it's a gruesomely strong premise for a Hong Kong thriller that plays like Dirty Pretty Things fiendishly imagined by Alfred Hitchcock. Drawing in the Fat Man's familiar themes and twists, Koma's dosed with dubious psychology and classic noir conventions. In the West, it's now compulsory that any such concoction should be diluted with clever-clever irony. Not in Asia. Instead, the key relationship between rich girl Chi Ching (Angelica Lee) and poor girl Suen Ling (Kar Yan Lam) is played out with deadly seriousness, as the line between stalker and victim becomes blurred to the point of vanishing. Coupled with director Chi-Leung Law's strong eye for choreographed violence, this makes for a Class A B-movie. Scalpel sharp.

Film Details

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  • UK Theatrical Release Date: August 1st 2005

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