The Mysterious Family (Shenmijia zu, 2017)

Ariel Lin and Blue

Taiwan DVD edition

Text below written 2020-03-05


Visually fine looking Mystery horror drama about Multiple Dreaming and based on a real Chinese murder case.
A Chinese production, directed by a Korean and with actors from Taiwan and Hong Kong (and presumably shot in
Taiwan, or maybe in China, i don't know and i'm to lazy to look it up).
Taiwanese singer and actress Ariel Lin plays the main role as the traumatized girl Miao-Miao and veteran Hong Kong
actress Kara Hui plays her mother.

A schoolgirl is (Ariel Lin) waiting for the bus when a creep attacks her (Blue) and chases her into a grass field where
he rapes her. She's Miao-Miao and lives her parents (Kara Hui andWu Jing) and brother Shu-Shu (Chen Xiao) in a
house on the countryside. She's traumatized after the rape and has lost her voice and she's a talented longdistance
runner. When training and taking a rest she falls asleep and dreams about her attacker home invading her house and
killing her whole family. She runs home trying to save her family, but fails ... and wakes up, and then it starts all over
again in a Groundhog Day type of way.

The film started out well but lost steam during the 2nd half. Ariana Lin was cute and good and Kara Hui was very good.

The film was presented in anamorphic widescreen and with a mandarin audio 5.1 with english subtitles, region 3

 

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