[Updated with an updated trailer.]
It seems that every year there is at least one film that hits the TIFF Midnight Madness program seemingly out of nowhere. Julien Carbon and Laurent Courtiaud's Franco Hong Kong co-production Red Nights
is one of those films. Here's how programmer Colin Geddes describes it:
A pulpy, fetishistic thriller, Red Nights
marks the startling directorial debut of Julien Carbon and Laurent
Courtiaud, best known as the screenwriting team behind Hong Kong
director Johnnie To's thriller Running Out of Time. Red Nights also boasts the long-overdue return of Hong Kong starlet Carrie Ng, famous for her sexy and deadly presence in such films as Naked Killer and Sex and Zen. Here she revels in her role as the jade-clawed Dragon Lady, equal parts seductress and psycho-sexual killer.
A box containing a white jade seal rumoured to have belonged to China's
first Emperor falls into the hands of Catherine (Frédérique Bel), a
mistress who takes the valuable artifact to Hong Kong in the hopes of
selling it. In Hong Kong, Carrie (Carrie Ng), a wealthy patron of the
arts, mounts a production of The Jade Emperor - the tale of the
first Emperor's executioner, who used a deadly poison to paralyze his
victims while simultaneously enhancing their sensations. Carrie is
single-mindedly obsessed with finding this ancient poison. When it
becomes apparent that the white jade seal contains a vial of the elixir,
Catherine finds herself caught in Carrie's sadistic web, where bliss
and pain are blurred into a twisted, forbidden ecstasy.
Got your attention? The trailer will.
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