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Movie: Sleepwalker (2011)

Sleepwalker (2011) is Hong Kong Oxide Pang's latest thriller in 3D.

Here's a very long
synopsis from MovieXclusive.com: Yi (Lee Sinje) is an ordinary woman living a mundane life. Over the years, she has been bothered by a repeated dream, in that dream she stands alone on wasteland with a doubt of the mystery being buried underneath.

One day, Yi meets a handsome young man, Eric (Li Zong Han), when he comes to Yi's garment alteration shop to hire a service. The two lonesomes are quickly drawn together, particularly after Yi shares with Eric about the tortures from those strange dreams.

On the other side, Sergeant Au (Huo Si Yan) desperately purses a kidnap-murder case, she never pushed any harder as it's her nephew the missing hostage in this case. Ransom has been paid, but the kid's whereabouts is still a mystery. Tortured by extreme anxiety, Sgt. Au's sister Peggy (Charlie Yeung) turns hysterical, she radically accuses her young sister of her incapability of tracking down the culprit. Their relationship turns bad but Sgt. Au sympathizes with her sister and she vows to bring the kidnapper to justice by herself.

Eric's effort still falls short to comfort Yi, the details of Yi's nightmares are getting more and more sophisticated. Sometimes she finds her bedside is stained with mud in the morning. She can't help thinking that she would really walk on that wasteland and kill someone there while sleepwalking…

Sgt. Au crosses path with Yi when she visits Yi to investigate missing case of Yi's ex-husband, Ming. Yi is in absolute shock, but she quickly jumps to a conclusion that she kills Ming as from the bottom of heart she hates this unfaithful man. During interrogation, Yi tells all the details and confesses that she would murder in her sleep. Following the clues hidden in Yi's dream, Sgt. Au leads her team to the crime scene, however, the body claimed to be buried underneath is no where to find...

Sounds confusing? Yes, it does if you haven't watched it. There are basically two subplots that co-joins subtly somewhere along the storyline. When the subplots finally merge into one, the amount of revelation can be emotional. It's very hard for me to put into words about what I'm trying to say because the story toys with emotions - intense grief, remorse, depression, hopelessness - while putting an effort to make sense an illogical storyline of how a woman who has never met the murderer can "dreamed" and "found" the murder site. It just doesn't make sense.

Quoting MovieXclusive.com, the only saving grace is that Lee Sinje is in the lead role, and no matter the leaps in logic, she remains a consummate performer playing the psychologically troubled Yi with conviction.

Oh well, I wouldn't really recommend this movie because it's only available in 3D, which is a waste of "technology" for this sort of movie genre, and it's dubbed in Cantonese when most of the actors and actresses are obviously speaking in Mandarin.


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