Ab-normal Beauty

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Members of the Hong Kong pop group 2Rs star in director Oxide Pang's Ab-normal Beauty. Race Wong plays Jin, a talented art student whose photographs routinely win her school's prizes. Race's older sister Rosanne Wong plays Jas, Jin's best friend, with whom she shares an extremely intimate relationship. Despite the accolades she receives, Jin is dissatisfied with her work. One day, she witnesses a fatal car accident, and impulsively turns her camera on the dying victim. It's a breakthrough for Jin, and she begins to grow more and more obsessed with photographing death. Jin is being pursued by Anson (Anson Leung of One Night in Mongkok), a fellow student who follows her around with a camcorder. Jin tries to make it clear to Anson that she's not interested, but he continues to dog her. As Jin becomes more and more obsessive about death images, she begins flashing back to a traumatic childhood incident of sexual abuse. Jas helps her to confront her past, but just as it seems she is ready to move on with her life, she receives a portfolio of disturbing photos and a videotape of what appears to be a woman being tortured to death. Ab-normal Beauty had its U.S. Premiere at the 2005 Asian American International Film Festival.

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Critic Reviews for Ab-normal Beauty

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Audience Reviews for Ab-normal Beauty

  • Jan 21, 2011
    It didn't completely turn out the way I thought it would. Had this been made in Europe or Hollywood I think they would have gotten more of the subject matter. It's still not a bad movie. Starts off well I thought and ends brutally too, but the middle part was a bit slow. Well acted and stylishly shot, but a missed opportunity.
    Lee ? Super Reviewer
  • Sep 24, 2010
    Man this was boring. This is the first Korean movie that disappointed me (although I'm pretty new at Korean movies). I always thought that Asian movies are supposed to be <b>extremely</b> scary. This does have <i>some</i> scary moments. But it was too slow and almost killed me. The twist at the end was obviously a good one. But that doesn't make this any good.
    Dead A Super Reviewer
  • May 24, 2008
    I always thought that if I was ever in the mood for a fantastic horror movie, east Asian filmmakers would never disappoint. Oxide Pang has disproved that assumption with this convoluted mess of a movie. Sure, it's beautifully shot, and the music is excellent. But the sparse threads of plot that do exist in this movie aimlessly meander in search of a point without reaching it. I don't mind style over substance, but style without substance is just plain boring.
    Duncan R Super Reviewer
  • Feb 04, 2008
    Very good film combining the gritty and corny sides of Asian horror into an interesting cocktail of blood!
    Christopher B Super Reviewer

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