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Koma (2004)

Cast: Karena Lam, Angelica Lee, Andy Hui, more...
Director: Lo Chi-Leung
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Studio: Tartan Asia Extreme
Genre: Foreign, Hong Kong
Running Time: 88 min.
Languages: Cantonese
Subtitles: English, Spanish

A woman becomes caught in the web of a gang of thieves who literally steal the lives from their victims in this thriller. Fung Chi-ching (Angelica Lee) is a woman living with kidney disease who is conveniently dating a doctor, Tsui Wai-man (Andy Hui). While attending a close friend's wedding, Chi-ching wanders into a hotel room to discover a dead body, nude and bloody and missing a kidney. While giving her report to the police, Chi-ching tells them she saw a woman making her way down the corridor as she entered the room; the woman in question turns out to be Suen Ling (Karena Lam), a medical researcher who works with Wai-man and had a brief fling with him. When Chi-ching identifies Suen Ling as the woman fleeing the scene of the crime, the police chalk it up to jealousy given their past history, but when a man who sells human organs on the black market abducts Chi-ching, Suen Ling comes to her rescue, and the two join forces with Wai-man to locate and capture the murderous thieves. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

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GreenCine Member Reviews

Ching-a-ling, ching-a-ling! Kidney Center Calling! by talltale June 25, 2005 - 5:56 PM PDT
4 out of 4 members found this review helpful
Here's a movie that starts out so well, gorgeous to look at and full of ironic juxtapositions--upscale wedding crashed by a decidedly downscale interloper, glitzy/ritzy hotel with a tenant out of "Dirty Pretty Things," and a scalpel-wielder on the loose--that you'll have high hopes for some unusual thrills and chills. Dash them now. But don't stop watching. By the time the policeman in charge calls for back-up when what looks like the entire Hong Kong police force is already on the scene, your giggles can at last go unsuppressed. Then things REALLY start hopping.

One of those particularly Asian medleys that combine crime, horror, identity, the past intruding on the present, medicine, mothers and gosh knows what else--to the point that unintentional comedy overtakes the mystery and drama--KOMA concerns two very pretty young women (Ching and Ling), their men folk and--oh, yes--organ theft. Trust me: However convoluted the plots grows, stick with it and you will have a marvelously silly/fun time, right up to and including the final foolish irony. Really and truly. I kidney you not.

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(Average 5.61)
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