Wow! Anthony Wong wins 1998 HKFA Best Actor along with Lau Ching Wan. In the same week, Erotic Nightmare opens it’s run in Hong Kong. The great thing about Wong is his willingness to take roles that are not 'starring' or 'lead' in many varied productions, some that are not exactly mainstream. For some recent examples of this work ethic, he has turned in nifty performances in “The Storm Riders” as Sword Saint, and in “Fascination Amour” as the manservant to rich playboy Andy Lau.
This time Wong plays a wealthy business man who has trouble with nocturnal emissions brought on by highly charged sexual dreams. These dreams are affecting his daily routines in both personal and professional matters. One day, he meets a modern-day monk with magical powers. The monk uses his mystical powers to influence Wong's dreams, sending him a sexy girl, newcomer Kei Heung, to satisfy his fantasies.
Erotic Nightmare is a film that has a structure like the great Alfred Hicthcock's Pyscho and I am sure the recent Gus Van Sant remake influenced the writing. The first part of the film revolves around the Anthony Wong character as he spirals down into madness and murder under the magic man's influence. Half way through the film, the focus shifts from Wongs character to the revenge of Wong's long lost brother and the liberation of the evil monk's wife. The wife is played by rising new HK star, Pinky Cheung. She gives her best performance yet as the long suffering victim of spousal abuse who, ultimately, is liberated and has her own devastating revenge.
The English title is perfect. The dream sequences are very erotic, revolving around young women in school uniforms doing jumping jacks and bending over to touch their toes. The eroticism turns nightmarish quickly and the gruesomeness of the second half of the film is sure to offend some Western viewers.
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