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Starring: Carina Lau, Hu Jun, Song Jia, Liao Fan, Lin Yuan
Director: Zhang Yibai
Rating: M18 (Some Sexual Scenes)
Year Made: 2006




Subtitles: Chinese & English
Running Time: 1 hr 37 mins
Format: VCD
Distributor: Innform Media




Momo, a country girl in the city, works in a photo shop outside the entrance of a luxury high-rise apartment building. She observes the wealthy residents as they come and go and she begins to notice some dramatic changes in the Zheng family after a manicure shop opens opposite the entrance of the apartment building.

As Momo comes to realize, puzzling events surround Rose, an elegant lady born to wealth, John, her social climbing husband, Sharon, the beautiful and aggressive manicure shop owner, and Fendou, the building’s security guard. The mysterious story unfolds in unexpected ways, as the residents experience love, betrayal, deception and revenge and eventually find themselves trapped in a situation beyond their control...


With a title like “Curiosity Kills The Cat” (check out the literal Mandarin translation too!), we are surprised how it managed to arouse interest from the Golden Horse Awards Jury, so much so that it even awarded the film with a Best Actress nomination for Carina Lau last year.

Although the trophy eventually went to Zhou Xun at the 43rd annual event, Lau’s performance is also noteworthy for its intensity and conviction.

She plays an elegant wife who stays with her cheating husband in a high-end apartment. Other characters who will be involved in this drama thriller include a manicure shop owner whom the husband sleeps with, a photograph shop attendant who quietly observes people around her, and a security guard who gets himself entangled in this web of deceit and jealousy.

This 97-minute China production features two better known stars: Lau and Hu Jun (Internal Affairs II, Lan Yu). The other actors like Song Jia, Liao Fan and Lin Yuan are Mainland Chinese talents who also give stellar performances as well.

The Zhang Yibai-directed movie should be given kudos for its storytelling structure. Told by emphasizing different characters’ motives, the plot unfolds like a well-written crime novel, which is rather innovative for a Mainland Chinese picture. This style may not be anything to shout about in Hollywood, but it is worth commending here.

It does help that the cast delivers convincing and engaging performances, and the production design is sleek and modern enough to appeal to today’s viewers with short attention span. The “M18 - Some Sexual Scenes” consumer advice by our friends at the censorship board may also attract some audiences who are interested in some hot, naughty sex scenes.

But a word of advice to the more adventurous viewers out there who wish that reel life will reflect real life. As you’d know, curiosity kills the cat, and isn’t the title an obvious in-your-face one already?


Review by John Li


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