Jiney is a gifted award-winning art student who specialises
in photography. Tired of mundane subject matter, she seeks
a new angle. When a vehicle accident occurs outside her apartment
block Jiney nervously takes pictures of the dying driver.
The resulting developed pictures convince her she can see
the point of death. Subsequently, she becomes obsessed with
capturing death on film, but the consequences begin to take
their toll as she spirals into a pit of madness and despair
- not helped by constant flashbacks of her abuse as a child.
Only her best friend Jas can bring her back to the fun-loving
woman she used to be. However, someone knows about her fascination
of death and is sending her anomalous torture snuff movies.
As if that isn't bad enough, the victim of the next snuff
video is Jas. Jiney realises she might be about to experience
the ultimate death - her own...
had very high expectations for Ab-Normal Beauty. My
favourite subtitled foreign film is The Eye (yes, I've
mentioned it again). This movie is also made by the Pang Brothers,
and is also set both in Hong Kong and Thailand. I suppose
it was to be expected that the Pangs' next project would be
somewhat different in its format - even more so than The
Eye 2 was to the original. This time they've elected to
go for realism in its horror, rather than the supernatural.
The first half of the plot explores Jiney's characterisation
and her plummet into depression, whereas the last scenes metamorphose
Ab-Normal Beauty into a serial killer whodunit.
me a hypocrite if you like; I enjoy my meat but find nothing
entertaining about the slitting of chicken necks just to show
them bleeding on camera. Even if it was achieved in this case
with film trickery, it still seeks the same purpose; to me
this is not horror, it's simply crude and unsavoury - even
if it's a necessity of life. The whole subject matter is morbid
and not particularly to my liking, affecting my score accordingly.
Nevertheless, this is a well- made movie, competently acted,
and with good use of music to heighten the shocks (there are
no real scares). It can be believed that anyone this preoccupied
with death would take a similar slide into mental sickness
and depression as Jiney, and this gives the film further credence.