A man wakes in an abandoned basement, a gun in his face. He does not know why.
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Producer/s : Chu-Yi Chen,
Director/s : Chu-Yi Chen,
Writer/s : Chu-Yi Chen,
Actor/s : Ying-Hong Li,
A twist of nastiness
His captor says nothing, so the man gabbles, offering money to be released. Then his captor shows him a photograph, revealing the unexpected motive for this kidnapping. Still he offers money, but money is not the kind of compensation the silent captor has in mind.
Then the poor man’s fate is revealed, his destiny sealed, and a poetic revenge obtained. It’s here that the reason this film should be described as horror, not mere crime, becomes clear.
Chen builds the tension well. The shaky handheld camera is entirely appropriate. It is tightly structured, with a clear set-up, raising of stakes, and resolution, where Chen cleverly switches from the captor’s point of view to the victim’s. It’s short and very sharp – indeed it might easily have been longer, using of ominous silences to build up tension, and utilising more of actor Ying-Hong Li’s capacity to convey helpless terror. But then, more might be less.