With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013

With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013
With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

BABY BLUES debuts today

Well Go USA
Baby Blues
Directed by Po-Chih Leong
Starring Raymond Lam & Janelle Sing
China, 2013, 92 minutes

Chinese horror thriller Baby Blues debuts today on Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital from Well Go USA Entertainment. This review is based on watching the Blu-ray.

Directed by Po-Chih Leong (Hong Kong 1941), Baby Blues is the story of a young couple who move into a new home where they find, and make the mistake of deciding to keep, a mysterious doll left by the former owners. The initially happy couple consists of Hao (Raymond Lam, Saving General Yang) and his wife Tian Qing (newcomer Janell Sing, a.k.a. Sing Kwan Janelle).

Hao is a songwriter and successful music producer, although it's been awhile since his last big hit. Tian Qing takes photographs and writes a blog for women. They are warned to move out of the house by an elderly homeless man (Hoi- Pang Lo (The Grandmaster) who lives by the curb across the street from their house, but they dismiss his warning, much to their ultimate regret.

Not long after moving in, they are thrilled to learn that Tian is pregnant, with twin boys no less. They decide to name them Adam and Jimmy. However all does not go well when the twins are born and Jimmy does not make it. Suffering from postpartum depression, Tian becomes obsessed with the doll, treating it as if it was "Jimmy" and every bit alive as his first-born brother.

Consulting with Tian's doctor, Hao is told that her condition will probably pass soon, and that even men can suffer from a form of postpartum depression. Could this explain the strange things he himself has been experiencing? Are they merely illusions, or are they the real manifestations of a supreme evil emanating from the doll?

I'm usually not that impressed with horror films, but really enjoyed Baby Blues. It's a very satisfying horror thriller: stylish, taut and suspenseful. The video transfer on Blu-ray is gorgeous; crisp and sharp, with colors that really pop.

Disc Info:
- Audio
  - Cantonese 5.1 DTS HDMA
  - Cantonese 2.0 Stereo
- Subtitles
  - English
  - Off
- Extra Features
  - Trailer
  - Previews of other Well Go USA releases

AsianCineFest Rating: 3.5 out of 4 stars; highly recommended.

Baby Blues Official Website