Ab-Normal Beauty (2004)
Director: Oxide Pang
Tagline: My own personal snuff film? You shouldn’t have! No…really!
Jiney (Race Wong) is a poor little rich girl and art student who is a talented, but is looking for something more in her work. Her girlfriend Jasmine (Rosanne Wong) is very protective of her and when Anson (Anson Leng), tries to chat Jiney up she is very sharp with him.
One day when she is walking in the street she comes across a car crash and has an ethical dilemma (complete with overbearing music) and eventually decides to snap a photo. Later in the darkroom (it’s not as fun with Photoshop is it?) she is very pleased with the results and decides to try and take more the same.
Jas finds the whole thing a bit unpleasant, but Jiney loves taking photos of death, almost coming to the point of ambulance chasing. When Anson sneaks over to herself one night, she uses him as a model on goes on an artistic rampage.
Luckily for her she has Jasmine to snap her out of it and they get along fine until Jiney goes back to school and finds some strange photos in her locker. Cue more over dramatic music and the story really hots up.
Having taken a few photos myself I approached this movie a bit differently than just watching a normal story. The photos used are all technically very brilliant and I would be very interested in seeing prints of some of them as there was a lot of work put into them for this movie.
The camera used is a Nikon F80, but it does the usual tricks that you see cameras do in movies and manages to get a perfect shot every time. Some of the lighting is also very poor in some scenes so it is very difficult to see what is going on.
I thought the whole ‘snuff film’ angle is a bit tired as the only acceptable one of those for me would be Uwe Boll with lidlocks on his glassies watching an endless loop of his own movies. I know this movie was made before it, but those scenes reminded me of what I have heard of the movie Saw also.
I didn’t really think much of this movie to be honest, but if you are into weird thriller style movies I think you would enjoy it. Art students may also watching this movie for the creative scenes also.