After acting as bridesmaid for a friend's wedding, Ching
stumbles across a mutilated dead body at the hotel, and witnesses
a young woman near the scene. When she sees her again the
police are informed. The woman is picked out at an identity
parade but later released. It turns out the body was the latest
victim of a serial killer who removes a kidney. Ching herself
requires an urgent kidney transplant to lead a normal life.
The woman begins to hound Ching, following her and phoning
to ask, "If I am the killer, when should I come round and
remove your kidney?" When Ching finally confronts her, she
learns that the woman loves Ching's boyfriend (with whom she
had an affair) and is jealous of Ching. The two become uneasy
friends, the woman even accompanying Ching on a rendezvous
with the killer for her much needed kidney. But is Ching's
new-found friend everything she pretends to be...?
Angelica Lee (Ching) was in the superbly creepy film The
Eye (one of my top dozen favourite films), Koma
is very much a thriller, as opposed to a horror.
there's blood in abundance, an axe-wielding scene, and lighteningly-quick
flashes of premonition, but this example proves to be essentially
a study of relationships and jealousy (a sort of menage a
trois) set upon the background of a police procedural. So,
although Koma doesn't contain the eerie atmosphere
of recent classic Japanese films (this one is Cantonese) it
does hold your interest and carry you along with events like
a good thriller should.
acting is good (except perhaps for the police, who are a little
bland as characters), and the woman described in the synopsis
above is very attractive, which certainly helps make her slightly
psychotic green-eyed monster of jealousy more convincing.
Her character has only her looks and sex appeal, and has had
to fight for everything in her life. The music is also used
to good effect and heightens the viewer's tension.
include a director's commentary, a pretty unexciting 'Making
of' featurette, and a trailer. On the whole another competent
release from Tartan Asia Extreme.
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