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Limbo (2021) HK Thriller - Soi Cheang


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The movie had its premiere at the Berlinale '21. Also after reading the review on COF (here), I can't wait to watch this!

Anybody know when or where this will be available?

 

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What a movie! I'm not really sure how to describe it. The look of it alone is mesmerizing. This is truly a piece of art.

Everything seems to work in perfect harmony here. I seldom seen something like this. Every sound, every music cue, every shot complementing what we're allowed to witness on screen. Sucking you in from start to finish. You can't take your eyes of it. 

After the credits roll you're left wanting more, wishing it wouldn't be over already. I'm with the COF review here. The word masterpiece gets thrown around way too often but if a recent HK movie comes close to it this is definitely one you should seek out as soon as possible. 

 

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Thanks for the review. I also was anticipating this movie after reading about in easternkicks. I received a copy of the movie just a few days ago but haven't had a chance to watch it without distractions but will definitely make time tonight to see it.

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After watching it, I have to concur with @laagi. It gave me David Fincher vibes at times but I think it was more of perhaps Kiyoshi Kurosawa mixed with some Pang Brothers. The lead Gordon Lam (with the long hair and goatee) even looks a bit like Koji yakusho when he was appearing in one Kurosawa movie after the other.

Gordon Lam puts on a superb performance as the grizzled and world weary detective with a tragic backstory in charge of tracking down a vicious serial killer but I can't say enough about mainland actress, Cya Liu. She plays the role of a street urchin involved in low level criminal activity. This is my first time seeing her and she is fantastic. Just a gritty performance considering the amount of abuse she takes in this movie.

Special mention also has to be made of the soundtrack and especially the cinematography considering the majority of the film was shot in garbage dumps and homeless encampments. Dog Bites Dog was my favorite Soi Cheang film but this one has surpassed it.

Favorite scene:

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When Mason Lee's wisdom tooth (which has been bothering him the entire movie) finally becomes dislodged during his struggle with the Japanese serial killer. Sure it's played for cheap laughs but in a film that is as bleak and dark as this one; it had the desired effect.

Least favorite scene:

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The rape scene involving Wong To (Cya Liu). It wasn't overly graphic like Irreversible or exploitation rape and revenge films but it still made me a squirm a bit.

 

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Looks incredible, only by looking at the trailer! This just might be the movie that will put Soi Cheang back on the map, after a stint of CGI-driven movies and being out of his element for a good while now. Motorway was the last great thing he did imo, almost 10 years ago.

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Anybody know why this movie still hasn't been picked up by an label (even in asia) whatsoever? Every other major HK production from 2021 already had a release either in digital or physical form. Pretty infuriating to see probably the best one just being ignored!?

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Since the movie has got a great reputation (being the most nominated movie at this year's HKFA), I'm sure it will be distributed by any of the major HK movie distributor including Edko Films, Panorama Co., Emperor Motion Pictures, CN Entertainment, and Vicol Entertainment, 

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On 3/1/2022 at 11:34 PM, laagi said:

Anybody know why this movie still hasn't been picked up by an label (even in asia) whatsoever? Every other major HK production from 2021 already had a release either in digital or physical form. Pretty infuriating to see probably the best one just being ignored!?

Your wish is granted... Panorama has picked up Hong Kong rights, and will release it on bluray just before Christmas Eve.

Limbo (Blu-Ray) (Scheduled release date: 2022-12-23) (panorama.com.hk)

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