With a distinctly Hong Kong style and adapted from the horror novel series by best-selling author Lilian Lee, Tales From The Dark Part 1 brings together some of the most familiar stars and directors to present three supernatural stories about ghosts seeking retribution.
Award-winning actor Simon Yam makes his directorial debut with Stolen Body, a story about a little ghost and a poor man with a surprisingly socioeconomic message. Driven mad as he struggles to make his rent, the man (played by Yam) plots a quick fix that involves stealing from the dead.
Lee Chi Ngai directs A Word in the Palm, a horror/comedy featuring Tony Leung Ka-fai as a fortuneteller about to retire from his trade. On his last day at work, he is confronted by the ghost of a drowned schoolgirl seeking revenge.
The last tale, Jing Zhe, directed by Fruit Chan, focuses on the ancient practice of “villain hitting.” On a Hong Kong curbside, an old woman runs a business that lays curses on her customers’ enemies. This is accomplished through chanting and repeatedly smacking their likenesses with a shoe. When a young female apparition appears seeking spiritual reparations, the violence begins and quickly escalates to a climax of vengeance and justice.