Written by: Michael Den Boer on July 23rd, 2009
Theatrical Release Date: Hong Kong, 1993
Director: Wing-Chiu Chan
Cast: Anthony Wong, Veronica Yip, Anthony Chan, Fruit Chan, Alfred Cheung, Jamie Luk
DVD released: January 11th, 2008
Approximate running time: 84 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Rating: IIB (Hong Kong)
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo Mandarin, Dolby Digital Stereo Cantonese
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
DVD Release: Joy Sales
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC (Hong Kong)
Retail Price: $9.99
The bulk of the story takes place at the doctor and his blind wives remote home. This claustrophobic setting further drives homes the films lead character Mrs. Ng (the blind woman) paranoia. Even though her blindness is only temporary (hence the films title “3 Days of a Blind Girl”), her mounting fear and abuse at the hands of her captor Sam Chu never feel forced. A lot of why the cat and mouse game that goes on between Mrs. Ng and Sam Chu should be attributed to the two actors (Veronica Yip, Anthony Wong) who were cast in the roles and their performances.
Veronica Yip is utterly convincing as woman who has just lost her sight and Anthony Wong delightfully diabolical in the role of her tormentor. Anthony Wong is no stranger to playing psychopaths in such films like Hard Boiled, The Untold Story and The Ebola Syndrome. One of the more memorable moments in the film is a scene where Mrs. Ng is taking a shower and Sam Chu mimes the movements as though he was washing her body. This scene also perfectly exhibits the way in which the Sam Chu gets off every time he pushes Mrs. Ng’s sanity closer to the edge. The film is briskly paced as it leads to a satisfying conclusion that neatly wraps up most of the loose ends. Ultimately 3 Days of a Blind Girl is tense thriller that fully exploits its interesting premise.
3 Days of a Blind Girl is presented in an anamorphic widescreen that retains the film’s original aspect ratio. This transfer has been flagged for progressive playback. The image looks very good but far from pristine. There are noticeable specs and print debris that crop up throughout and darker scenes which this film has several are not as crisp as they appear in the rest of the film. Colors and flesh tones look accurate and generally fare well and black levels range from average to good.
This release comes with two audio options a Cantonese and Mandarin. Both audio mixes are presented in a Dolby Digital stereo and outside of some mild background noise they are more than adequate presentations. This release comes with three subtitle options English, Traditional Chinese and Simplified Chinese. The English subtitles are easy to read and follow. I did notice a few grammatical errors.
Extras for this release are limited to a theatrical trailer for the film (2 minutes 17 seconds) and a photo gallery with fifteen images. The DVD comes in a card board slip case that houses the DVD keep case and the cardboard slip cover frames the image on the case in a window box at its center. Also if you flip the DVD keep case around the flip side has another image that also fits into the cardboard slip covers window box opening. Overall while this release is not without its flaws its extremely low retail price helps soften the blow until a more definitive release comes along.