Hopefully this sordid incident has not skewed your view of our website. The warmth of summer casts a relaxing spell on most of us, which affects the kind of movies we want to watch.Before you click into this week's movie poster round-up, please be warned one of them contains a very rude picture of a lady boob, with nipple and everything. Although if you got here via a google search for, say "how to fix Microsoft Outlook error code 0x800CCC0F", then it's already in your cache and IT have been alerted. This week is a notable one in the history of movie poster releases, due to an astonishing TWENTY THREE character posters for Twilight Breaking Dawn Part 2 literally rearing their ugly heads. And yes, I laughed when the epilogue revealed one of the main characters died from dysentery.
While the cussing, bullying and outright acts of physical harm are all the more unnerving, two of the film's most disconcerting scenes actually involve what appears to be just some meanness and mischief from elementary-age children.
Firstly, there's a young schoolgirl, still too short to actually comfortably cook a meal at the stove, boasting of a street-wise cynicism well beyond her age, as she talks like an adult when confronting foul-mouthed hawkers and advising others on placing wagers on football matches; then there is the pre-adolescent boy who fails to react at all to his friend's lewd remarks about his mother and his sister.
It's a world where, when push comes to shove, hoodlums could (and would) count on the police to save the day, and when the characters' unruly days would be just a painful chapter in their rite of passage for a more secure and better adulthood.
It's a mix which will play well to a younger Hong Kong demographic seeking, all at once, visual thrills and some kind of narrative closure, but the film – which premiered at last month's Hong Kong Asian Film Festival, and is now being shown on press rounds to position its place for a February release and then the Hong Kong Film Awards in April – also represents a missed opportunity for Yung to advance this misbehaving-teens subgenre by showing how this problem is never going to neatly fade away, and that it's as cyclical as the long line of films about the issue being produced by Hong Kong filmmakers since the 1960s with Patrick Lung'sdoesn't hint, at least slightly, on this.
That's true for horror movie fans too -- what's not to like about scary movies that mix fun and sexy elements with sometimes-silly, sometimes chilling frights?