Black Night 2006
After I finished watching Dumplings last night I wanted/needed (yeah, probably more like needed) more Asian horror fix! This one did not disappoint! Again, I watched it on Netflix.
This film is a trilogy of the paranormal. Although the “creepy” quality was lower than a lot of Asian horror, the movie still totally pulled it off!
The first story in the movie was called Next Door. A woman, Jane (Annie Liu) has left town after break-up from her policeman boyfriend, Joe (Dylan Kuo). She comes back during the month of July which is The Month of Ghost Festival. She is warned, by a man in Joe’s building, to stay inside because the ghosts are out. She gets to Joe’s apartment and sees him trying to get into the apartment next door. When questioned about it, he says that he is just playing around. Jane and Joe enter Joe’s apartment – on their way to his door, he casually drops a set of keys into a plastic bag and drops it over the balcony. When Jane asks what it was he simply says “Nothing”. We learn that Jane is a bit dramatic, not crazy, but dramatic. She wants Joe to say that they’ll be together forever. He agrees that, starting tomorrow, they will be. She says they’ll live and die together.
The next day, Joe slips a note under the neighbors door apologizing that he didn’t come back the night before.
Meanwhile, Jane starts being visited by an apparition of a woman dripping with water and, oddly, keeps seeing what’s sort of like a phantom marble.
Joe goes down, the following morning, in attempts to find the bag he dropped over the wall the night prior. No luck. BUT, after he goes to work, not quite prepared as he doesn’t have his handcuffs and tells his partner that he left them at a friend’s house, Jane finds the bag he dropped. It hadn’t dropped to the ground but had landed on a ledge. She uses a straightened out coat hanger to retrieve the bag and, therefore, the keys.
I won’t give away any more of the storyline as to what happens after she enters the neighbors apartment.
The 2nd story in the trilogy is called Dark Hole. Dark Hole is about a woman, Yuki (Asaka Seto), is plagued by reoccurring nightmares. Her boyfriend, Satoichi (Takashi Kashiwabara) suggests she see a psychologist. She agrees. Dr. Kawai (Tomorowo Taguchi) puts Yuki under hypnosis and we find out that Yuki had an “imaginary” friend as a child. How does this “friend” come in to play with deaths of people Yuki has known? You’ll have to watch to find out!
Aw, the 3rd in the trilogy…amazing! I love it! It is called Lost Memory.
Prang lost her memory during a car accident and is on medication to help her. She gets little flashes from her past, is visited by a ghost, or two and is haunted by mysterious puddles and streams of water.
Prang goes to visit a friend named Praew (Nutsha Bootsri). When she arrives she learns that her friend drowned in the pool just the night before.
Slowly the pieces of the puzzle are put together and Prang has to make some difficult decisions.