It can only be a good thing for horror fans to learn that Palisades Tartan is presenting The Matrimony under the Asia Extreme label. Famous for releasing such films as Oldboy, Audition and Visitor Q, Asia Extreme has been responsible for bringing viewers in America, and worldwide, a look at some of the best of Asian horror.
The Matrimony is directed by Teng Hua-Tao and features Leon Lai as the lovelorn Junchu, despondent over his lost girlfriend. The film was described by Jason Brooks of the Tribeca Film Festival as “A gothic tale that is as terrifying as it is captivating.” And Variety said, “The pic spins an elegant, sometimes sensuous web of tangled emotions…an exercise in high style.” Asia Extreme is back and delivering the best in Asian horror…would you expect anything less?
From the Press Release
Reminiscent of the Alfred Hitchcock classic Rebecca, but with a decidedly Chinese supernatural twist, The Matrimony is the third feature film from Mainland Chinese director Teng Hua-Tao. Released by Palisades Tartan, under its Asia Extreme label, The Matrimony will land on shelves nationwide on July 26th on Blu-ray™ for $24.98 SRP and DVD for $19.98 SRP.
“We are the true home for Asia Extreme releases and will continue to selectively add films under that moniker to our brand,” said Soumya Sriraman, President/CEO, Palisades Tartan Films. “We are pleased to deliver another collectible title to fans of this genre.”
The Matrimony stars Leon Lai Ming, who began his career as a pop singer and is known as one of the “Four Heavenly Kings,” the nickname given to Leon, Aaron Kwok, Jacky Cheung and Andy Lau (some of the biggest performers in Hong Kong’s music scene). Leon has starred in over 40 films. His costar Rene Liu is an award-winning actress who can also be seen in Palisades Tartan Video’s A World Without Thieves.
The Matrimony is presented in Anamorphic Widescreen with Stereo Sound. Special features include cast and crew interviews, behind-the-scenes footage and teaser trailers.
Set in a beautifully recreated 1930’s Shanghai, Junchu (Leon Lai) has fallen into a profound state of depression after witnessing his girlfriend’s tragic death on the day he was set to propose. Unable to forget Manli, and living in a tortured state of denial and guilt, Junchun’s domineering mother decides to marry him off to Sansan (Rene Liu), a beautiful young woman who she believes will lift her son’s spirits. The marriage starts off loveless and unconsummated, but Sansan is determined to win his love.
One day the ghost of Manli, still pining for her former lover appears to Sansan. The two quickly strike a deal; Manli will help the new bride, but only if she can temporarily enter Sansan’s body so that she can reconnect physically with her former lover one last time. The plan goes too well and as Junchu begins to fall in love with Sansan, Manli turns from friendly and helpful to jealous and vengeful.
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