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Genre: Horror/Thriller
Starring: Gillian Chung, Vincy, Shaun Tam, Patrick Tam, Bonnie Xin, Maggie Lee
Director: Lai Miu Suet
Rating: PG

Year Made: 2007




- Trailer
- Photo Gallery




Languages: Mandarin
Subtitles: English & Chinese
Aspect Ratio: 4:3 Letterbox
Sound: -
Running Time: 1 hr 30 mins
Region Code: PAL 3
Distributor: Innoform Media




A young and beautiful university student, Rain received a SMS, “Do you know what the 19th gate of Hell is?” on her mobile phone, thus beginning her nightmare. The same SMS also goes out to her best friends, unwittingly, involving them in a deadly mobile phone game.

There is no turning back. The only way to survive is to win the game…Can Rain win her right to live and unravel the mystery of the 19th gate of Hell?


We have nothing against badly-designed movie posters, but who can blame us for thinking that this Lai Miu-suet-directed movie is one of the worst anyone has seen so far? And who can blame us for being judgmental by thinking that the horror flick based on an Internet novel is probably an awful production? But being the objective reviewers that we are, we sat through the movie – all 94 minutes of it.

Gillian Chung (one half of the popular Hong Kong singing duo Twins) play a university student who gets herself involved in a messy game which brings her and her friends through the different levels of Hell. Yes, you’ve read it right: Hell. What makes things more interesting is the mode of the game – messages are sent through mobile phones. What would you do if you received a mysterious message asking you whether you know what the 19th level of Hell is?

The plot does seem fascinating at first, but has anyone seen a horror picture that actually works given this premise?

As expected, the movie starts off introducing the not-so-clever victims and how they dimly get lured into the game one by one. Of course, if you have watched a fair bit of horror movies, you’d know that they will die one by one. What’s left to amuse if the way these foolish kids die – and sadly, this movie does not manage to make us sit up with its expectedly bland delivery.

And when any of the characters being spouting philosophical statements about revenge and karma, they only end up looking laughable.

Another unfortunate aspect of this movie is its uncreative use of computer graphics. The sets look like recycled scenes from The Pang Brothers’ superior Re-cycled (2006). Sure, the girls may scream their hearts out whenever they are plunged into one level of Hell, but to the weary viewers, the tacky backgrounds only manages to look mildly uninteresting.

Let’s see, with a formulaic plot that had us guessing correctly who the evil-doer is 20 minutes into the show, and an unattractive use of technology, what’s there to look forward to in this movie? Truth be told, our eyes brightened up when the other Twin Charlene Choi made a cameo towards the end of the movie.


This Code 3 disc contains only a Trailer and a somewhat pointless Photo Gallery.


The visual transfer is acceptably clear, while the movie is dubbed in an unnatural Mandarin audio track.



Review by John Li



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This review is made possible with the kind support from InnoForm Media


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