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The screen persona of the late Hong Kong star Leslie Cheung (A Better Tomorrow, Farewell My Concubine, Happy Together) combined boyish openness and vulnerability with intimations of buried emotional torment. In this 2002 supernatural thriller, Cheung's last film, he brings characteristic concentration to the part of a psychiatrist literally haunted by his past. He leads the hectic but lonely life of an unmarried professional until a woman who sees ghosts (Karena Lam) comes to him for help. In the course of exorcising her inner demons, he falls in love with her, but then the specter of his high school girlfriend, a suicide, begins stalking him. Director Bruce Law Chi-leung gives the film a glossy, nocturnal look and punctuates its quiet, creepy tone with scares reminiscent of Diabolique and The Sixth Sense. In Cantonese with subtitles. 100 min. Gene Siskel Film Center.

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