Isabella [2006]

Scary talented writer-director Edmond Pang Ho-Cheung churns out another piece of pseudo-intellectual claptrap that was specifically designed to wow festival audiences with perverse subject matter, dazzling cinematography, and a hauntingly beautiful soundtrack. Chapman To Man-Chat has always been an excellent character actor and he carries the show on his back here while sharing the producer credit with Pang and Jin Zhong-Qiang [Snake Curse, 2004]. I know this is an important film because it elicits vastly different responses from viewers. I enjoyed it as a piece of filmmaking more than a work of fiction. The real star of the film is Macao, a truly amazing location.

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