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Fairy Tale Killer

One day, a medium built stammerer, Jun (Wang Bao Qiang) confesses to five murders at a police station, but fails to illustrate the details, and after a long oral examination the police believe Jun to be mentally unstable as his mentioned murders prove not to exist. Soon after, a series of mysterious murders take place in the district where Detective Han (Lau Ching Wan) is stationed. Each victim was executed in different but equally brutal ways. Instinct tells Han Jun in the suspect after reviewing his recent statements, but when his team searches Jun`s apartment, apart from a pile of old fairy tale books, no evidence is found there. One night, Han gets inspired when he overhears his wife reading a bedtime story to their daughter. Han immediately examines the books found in Jun`s apartment and discovers mysterious symbols scribbled on the pages. The punishments described in two of the fairy tales match two of the murders and the evidence shows that three more murders will occur...

Language: Cantonese
Subtitle: NA
Classification: 18
Release Date: 7 Jun 2012
Genre: Thriller / Crime
Running Time: 1 Hour 34 Minutes
Distributor: GSC Movies
Cast: Sean Lau Ching Wan, Elanne Kwong, Wang Bao Qiang
Director: Danny Pang
Format: 35MM

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Writer: Peter Chai

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Watch this if you liked: “Mad Detective”, “Overheard” and “Victim”

Not every filmmaker has the ability to juggle horror and human elements together for a movie with his or her own hands but Danny Pang a.k.a "The Genius" is able to deliver a great combination of blessings and curses from a human perspective through his new horror-crime drama "Fairy Tale Killer".

"Fairy Tale Killer" depicts the miserable life of Detective Han (Lau Ching Wan), who is a father of an autistic child and has been craving for a promotion in his department. Han's mundane life comes to an end when a mad stammerer named Jun (Wang Bao Qiang) appears at the police station, claiming that he has committed murder. Carelessly, Han and his team releases Jun, who later become the lead suspect in a series of terrifying murder cases based on classic fairy tales. Threatened by Jun's psychological challenges, Han's patience is severely tested when he hunts Jun down.

We are so used to Lau Ching Wan's portrayal as genius detectives based on his award-winning performances in movies like "Mad Detective" and Johnnie To's famous crime franchise "Running Out Of Time". However, the way the veteran plays Han, a down-to-earth kind of cop in this movie has not only given us a chance to witness his brilliant acting skills but he also did a good job in showing us how an ordinary man struggles between parenting issues and wanting to accomplish great results in order to obtain a higher status in his occupation. Audiences would feel closer to someone like this instead of a heroic and highly-intelligent policeman.

Comedian Wang Bao Qiang's performance for his villainous role is remarkable enough to cause chills in the story. His psychotic attitude and innocent facial expressions is definitely something new. Stay on the alert with your visual and hearing senses because the sound designer has blended in some thrilling sound effects with each and every shocking movement made by Wang in the movie.

The gore level of the killing scenes can be increased in some ways in order to enhance our hatred of the murderer and sense of alarm. Director Pang should provide the audience with a clearer look on how some of the victims are killed or at least shows us parts of the murdering process without being over dramatic.

Overall, if you have been following Danny Pang's previous horror flicks, "Fairy Tale Killer" is definitely not to be missed and it has been a while since Hong Kong filmmakers shown excellent in the horror-thriller genre these days.

Cinema Online, 10 June 2012
   
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U - General viewing for all ages
P13 - Parental guidance is advisable for children below 13 years old
18 - For 18+ with elements for mature audiences
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