Buyer Beware – Hong Kong/Malaysia, 2018

‘Haunted houses for sale’

Buyer Beware – original title: Ji wu – is a 2018 Hong Kong-Malaysian supernatural horror feature film written and directed by Malaysian-born Jeffrey Chiang (Dilarang masuk). The movie stars Carlos Chan Ka-lok, Cheung Kwok-keung, Mimi Kung Chi-yan and Carlos Chan Ka-lok.

Young and financially struggling Charlie (Carlos Chan Ka-lok), is forlorn after his break-up with his materialistic girlfriend Shermaine (Carmen Tong Ka-man ) and is also burdened with paying hefty hospital bills for his father, who is in a coma.

Charlie joins a rising property agency headed by wealthy middle-aged couple Gordon (Cheung Kwok-keung) and Lucy (Mimi Kung Chi-yan), however they specialise in buying up dirt cheap properties after someone has died or been murdered in them. He soon finds himself burying his conscience in front of oblivious clients as he sells them blatantly haunted properties…

Reviews:

“There are enough unnerving moments to make your skin crawl, especially as it plays on your fears of empty abandoned houses with brutal or tragic histories, but not quite sufficient for this to be anything more than an adequate Hong Kong horror offering, not least because of its exasperating u-turn right at the end.” Gabriel Chong, Movie Exclusive

” …a slow-burner which builds its unsettling vibe with admirable flair – before succumbing to an onslaught of over-the-top genre clichés in the last reel […] Buyer Beware is at its scariest when it offers us sightings in mundane locations, which are later revealed to be consequences of horrible deaths by murder or accidents.” Edmund Lee, South China Morning Post

Release:

Buyer Beware was released in China by mm2 Entertainment on 28 June 2018

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