Thou Shalt Not Swear
Dir: Wellson Chin
Scrs: Lawrence Lau, Taures Chow, Abe Kwong
Cast: Lau Ching-wan, Chen Ming-chen,
Michael Chow, Eva Lai Yin-shan
1993 / Colour / 35mm / Cantonese / Chi & Eng Subtitles / 92min
Wellson Chin and Abe Kwong from P.U. Production created a low-budget series of horror films in the 1990s, each with a story connected to the lunar calendar and tried out new approaches in blending atmosphere, plotting and themes. Thou Shalt Not Swear is one of the best in the series combining logic, suspense, spookiness and ethics, telling the story of a loopy, right-brain detective sidekick (Lau Ching-wan) who peels off the intricate layers of mysteries in a case which involves hallucinations and the dreamscape. What appears to be the betrayal of friendship and promises is really a realisation of a city on the verge of psychological chaos. Death hangs in the air and there is no way to tell friend from foe. What begins with a deadline and is undismissable is not just the curse in the film, but a post-transition anxiety of that time in Hong Kong - the end will come, no matter what. In this film Helena Law Lan first appear as Lung Poh the medium, a role later grants her the title of Hong Kong’s horror queen.
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