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Matrimony (Blu-ray)

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Flash Point's Fan Bing Bing stars in this ghostly Chinese love story. When Junchu's girlfriend, Manli, is killed in a car accident, her ghost is determined to be with him forever. However, Junchu is forced to marry another woman, Sansan. Unable to earn his love and affection, Sansan makes a pact with Manli s ghost, but as their love for Junchu clashes their agreement turns from friendship to terrifying vengeance. Reminiscent of the Alfred Hitchcock classic Rebecca but with a supernatural twist, Matrimony is a beautifully terrifying love story.

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  • Actors: Fan Bing Bing
  • Directors: Hua-Tao Teng
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Blu-ray, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Cantonese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Kino Lorber films
  • DVD Release Date: July 26, 2011
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004XC5LS2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #246,760 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Don't let the gruesome cover detract from this beautiful thriller. It's a haunted tale with very little "horror," so to speak. I first saw this at the Tribeca Film Festival when it was released, but I didn't get to finish it. I tracked down the DVD and was so glad I did. It was a good film with lovely performances and good cinematography. No blood and gore -- just a spooky ghost story.
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Not too bad an interpretation of a horror flick, but an ending somewhat cheap and somewhat unclear. Maybe not unclear but un finish.
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The Chinese film "The Matrimony" (shortened to just Matrimony for the U.S. release) is one of those presentations that may be setting up false expectations with its delightfully gruesome DVD cover. Sure, the grotesque severed and rotting hand will grab attention--but those looking for a graphic horror story will likely feel a bit short changed by the actual film. And those that might appreciate the film's subtlety and surprisingly gentle tone might be put off by the awesome unpleasantness of this image. So to help better align viewer expectations, I'll say that "Matrimony" plays as a moody ghost story as opposed to a grisly shocker. And in contrast to many of the Asian supernatural pictures that have flooded the DVD marketplace, this isn't just an ominous spectre wreaking havoc and death--this is one with love in her heart and a plan to win her man back at any cost.

After a surreal and dreamlike opening in which a man loses his fiance to a tragic accident, the film settles into the main story line. The man (a solid Leon Lai), now unhappily attached in an arranged marriage, can't relinquish the spirit of his true love. But his current wife (a radiant Rene Liu) has genuine feelings for her husband. When approached by the restless spirit of the other woman (Fan Bing Bing), Liu forms a tentative partnership to try to bring peace and lightness into Lai's life. But as joy starts to creep back into the man's world, both of his loves seem to be waging a battle for his affection. Only one problem--both have to do it through the corporeal presence of the lady with an actual body! Things get decidedly more bleak as it becomes clear that co-existence is no longer a viable proposition.
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Judge Tom Becker, DVD Verdict-- An eerie and melancholy ghost story from China, Matrimony is short on scares but long on atmosphere. Beautifully shot and acted, this is not a horror movie by any stretch, though it does contain a fair share of suspenseful moments.

Sansan, Manli, and Junchu form an odd and tragic triangle. Despite his treatment toward her, Sansan genuinely loves Junchu; there's also more of a connection between them than Junchu realizes. For his part, Junchu seems to resent Sansan just for being alive; his entire existence without Manli is misery.

The two women couldn't be more different. Manli is accomplished, sophisticated, and vibrant--red is her color, and when she contacts Sansan, she literally descends to the frightened young woman. Sansan is timid, naïve, and demure. Even before Manli appears, Sansan is more like a ghost than the dead girl, whose presence is everywhere.

Both women seem concerned only about Junchu's happiness, and they form an almost sisterly bond. Manli coaches the innocent, yet slowly receptive, Sansan on how to be more appealing to Junchu--mainly, by being more like Manli. It seems to work: Junchu and Sansan grow closer, he begins opening up to her, and it looks like they might have a future. It never occurs to Sansan that his change of heart isn't because he feels warmer toward her, but toward a person she's pretending to be.

But Matrimony is a ghost story and, ostensibly, a horror movie; while there's been an eerie feel to it all along, at this point, Director Hua-Tao Teng decides to go for scares. It was inevitable, but, unfortunately, it feels more like an inevitability than a natural progression.

It's kind of a shame--the "horror" segments are the weakest parts of the film.
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MATRIMONY ('Xin zhong you gui') is a 2007 artistically satisfying film from China, a suspenseful ghost story written by Qianling Yang and Jialu Zhang and directed with distinction by Hua-Tao Teng. It is in Mandarin Chinese with English subtitles. The cover for this DVD does not do the film justice in that it suggests a story in the category of body dismemberment like the tiresome 'Saw' movies. This film is instead an old-fashioned ghost story more Henry James than James Wan/Leigh Whannell. It is a beautifully photographed (Ping Bin Lee), richly colorful atmospheric love story gone wrong.

The film opens with a lady relating a drama in front of a microphone at a radio station (the time frame is supposedly the 1930s). The scene switches to downtown where Shen Junchu (Chinese heartthrob Leon Lai) waits one the street until he spies his beautiful girlfriend Xu Manli (the very beautiful Bingbing Fan) riding on her bicycle towards him. Obviously both are excited to see each other and Manli drives into traffic and is killed; the shocked Junchu drops the little gift he had for Manli - an engagement ring. In the next scene we find the hardened sad Junchu in his home, having been forced by his mother Rong Ma (Songzi Xu) to marry the girl Sansan (Rene Liu) to assuage his devastation over his loss of Manli: Juncho merely tolerates Sansan and forbids her to enter the attic where he has stored all of Manli's earthly belongings. In her despair Sansan finds a key to the attic, enters it and discovers the ghost of Manli. A pact is made whereby Manli will assume the body of Sansan.
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