Ab-normal Beauty (2004)

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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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R
Genre:
Art House & International , Horror
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Cast

Race Wong
as Jiney
Anson Leung
as Anson
Michelle Mee
as Jiney's Mother
Cub Chin
as Professor

Critic Reviews for Ab-normal Beauty

All Critics (6)

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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Variety
Top Critic

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Full Review… | February 8, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

It's a highly stylized voyeuristic tormented artist shocker of a horror thriller that is more gruesomely enigmatic than entertaining.

Full Review… | January 24, 2009
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Whether a moody thriller or a twisted head-trip, Ab-normal Beauty is an exquisitely disorienting portrait of an artist as a troubled soul - beautiful, bloody and rather bewildering.

Full Review… | July 1, 2007
Eye for Film

...the film...devolves...into...standard slasher movie fare.

Full Review… | August 5, 2006
All Movie Guide

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Full Review… | March 31, 2006
Empire Magazine

Audience Reviews for Ab-normal Beauty

½

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 ?
Lee ?

Super Reviewer

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 extremely scary. This does have some 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 Angel
Dead Angel

Super Reviewer

½

The begining is an interesting view of an artistic obsession spiralling out of control, but I feel the ending was somewhat lacking in punch despite how graphic it was.

Kylie B
Kylie B

Super Reviewer

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