Chinese Mystery Movies

Monday, April 18 by T. Cousin

'This article will shed light on some must-see Chinese mystery movies that have been released on DVD. In the hands of a good director, the plot of a mystery movie is not easily followed nor revealed until the end of the film. Here is a list of Chinese mystery movies that should not be missed.

  1.  "Forest of Death". This Chinese movie was directed by Danny Pang, who also directed "Bangkok Dangerous" in 2008 which starred Nicholas Cage. "Forest of Death" is about a dark mysterious forest that has a reputation for causing death. Now a homicide detective and a paranormal botanist venture deep into the forest for answers to a recent death, unaware of the heart stopping revelation that awaits them. 
  2. "The Deserted Inn". This Chinese mystery/thriller stars Kenny Kwan as a music composer whose career is on the rocks. In search of inspiration for his next piece of work, the composer checks into an Inn in a deserted town. While sleeping, he begins having nightmares that quickly push him to the edge of insanity, until the source of his torture reveals itself; the Inn keeper. 
  3. "Curse of The Deserted"). This film was directed by Chi-Leung Law, it stars Shawn Yue as Gene and Kitty Zhang as Yugi. The story follows a group of college friends who travel to a mysterious village in search of a haunted mansion. This haunted mansion is at the center of an old romantic ghost story in their town, it is a mansion where couples are supposed to fall in love.
  4. "Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom". This mystery was directed by Hark Tusi, who is known for the "Once upon a time in China" series. This film follows an exiled detective who is recruited to find and stop a serial killer who's actions are threatening to delay the inauguration of Empress Wu.
  5. "Legend of the Fist: The return of Chen Zhen". This movie stars Donnie Yen as Chen Zhen, the story takes place in Japanese occupied Shanghai. Seven years after the death of Chen Zhen, a mysterious stranger arrives form overseas and becomes close friends with the local crime boss. The stranger is really a disguised Chen Zhen, who becomes a caped fighter by night in order to kill all who took part in his assassination attempt.

-Tyrone Cousin

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