Monday, June 26, 2017

Dumplings (2004)

A Chinese horror drama directed by Fruit Chan, starring Miriam Yeung, Tony Leung Ka-fai and Bai Ling.
A rich woman goes to an expensive dumpling shop in an apartment building. The woman who runs the shop claims that eating human foetus will restore the rich woman's youth and beauty.
For a horror film, there was not much to be afraid of here. The plot ran more like a drama and barely held my interest. The characters were typical of Asian cinema post-2000. The video was a little on the strange side, like most films from this time and area. It showed what was going on and used some creative camera angles. A prime example would be the dinner party scene, in which we see an obstructed view of the guests. The audio seemed alright and it had good subtitles. The only real horror element was the idea of cannibalism. There were a few shots of aborted foetuses, but it was mostly drama to me. Overall, this does not deserve it's reputation as a scary film. I rate it tolerable.

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