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Genre: Horror
Starring: Derek Tsang, Tong Ling, Terence Yin, Raymond Wong Ho-Yin, Lai Yiu-Cheung, Jo Kuk
Director: Xavier Lee Pak Tat
Rating: NC-16 (Some Drug Use)
Year Made: 2008





Languages: Mandarin & Cantonese
Subtitles: English/Chinese
Aspect Ratio: -
Presentation Size: -
Sound: -
Running Time: -
Region Code: 3
Distributor: Scorpio East




Rock (Derek Tsang), the director of a poor rating TV program, bumps into a female ghost, Tincy (Tong Ling), and helps deliver her baby from her dead body. In return, the ghost helps him create a new reality show "Life or Death", where participants try different ways to commit suicide. The show becomes a spectacular hit, but little does he know there's more to Tincy than meets the eye...


Showbiz - an illusion of glitz and glamour in front of the camera? Behind the camera, are the darker shades of human nature waiting to be exposed? Jealousy, suspicions, distrust and resentment – are these the uglier sides of showbiz that viewers do not get to see? These are some of the interesting themes and setups this seemingly B grade Hong Kong flick wishes to explore. But alas, the potentially thought provoking issue gets lost in its own mess.

Xavier Lee directs Derek Tsang (Single Blog, Simply Actors) in this supernatural crime drama where the actor plays a TV station director who hasn’t been smiled on by Lady Luck recently. His productions are suffering from poor ratings and his crew is leaving his program. One night, he delivers a baby (yes, this is where the unbelievable part sets in, but we forgive that in the name of art) from a dying woman’s womb and her ghost helps him with a reality show where participants win large cash amounts by escaping death on “live” television. And along the way, we get lessons on the dangers of mass communications, the seedy truths behind the glamour of showbiz and that nothing comes free if you want to success.

But seriously, are we trying to hard to read this otherwise unmemorable movie? While we have to admit that the 87 minute flick does have its merits (the cast deliver quite decent performances), but the unremarkable production does remind you of one of those late night pictures you encounter when you channel surf.

Tong Ling, a relatively unknown TV actress does look pretty as the unfortunate ghost, but haven’t we seen this portrayal in other movies before? Terence Yin (Rob B Hood) does look dashing as a TV host, but haven’t we seen this Casanova creep role in other movies before? Wong Ho Yin (Hooked on You) and Jolene Kuk (he Detective) also play their roles effectively without much impact.

We can go on trying to justify the presence of a well meaning message behind this movie, but it continues to boggle us why would anyone pick up this DVD with its unattractive cover design? And when the finale comes on, it goes into full fledge TV movie mode, where unimpressive computer generated effects take over to convince you that this is indeed another so-so movie that you will not remember a month down the road.


Other than a trailer for the movie itself, this Code 3 DVD also includes a trailer for Kelvin Tong’s Rule #1.


There is nothing to complain about the disc’s visual transfer, while there are Mandarin and Cantonese audio tracks to choose from.



Review by John Li


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This review is made possible with the kind support from Scorpio East


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