Director: Leste Chan
Notable Cast: Xu Zheng, Karen Mok, Hu Jing, Lu Zhong, Wang Yaoqing
When it comes to Chinese filmmaking, whether it is from Hong Kong or not, I rarely think of the country as one that can power through with some thoughtful science fiction embracing, mind bending films. Cheesy action, occasional goofy comedy, sure, but never the kind of thriller that The Great Hypnotist represents. Truthfully, I did not have horribly high expectations for the film due to this assumption and perhaps that kind of lowered viewpoint made the viewing so surprisingly pleasant, but The Great Hypnotist takes the kind of effective thriller elements of Shutter Island and the character blurring aspects of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and crafts a pretty effective little movie. One that’s not quite perfect, but will probably go down as one of the better overlooked gems released in the United States this year.