Reviewed by: ororama
Troublesome Night 6 is a solid entry in the popular horror series. It is different from its predecessors because it is a single story rather than a loosely connected anthology, but shares actors such as Louis Koo and Simon Loui with the earlier movies.
The story is a mystery, with a police detective (Louis Koo) investigating unusual deaths which appear to result from supernatural forces. They seem connected to the apparent suicide of a model several years before, and the police try to avoid the appearance of supporting the press theory that the ghost of the model is seeking revenge. The detective gradually realizes that he was present at the scene of the model's death and may be a target, but cannot recall the events of that night because of an alcoholic blackout.
Troublesome Night 6 has a more serious tone than earlier films in the series, and the atmosphere it creates is more threatening than usual, with several grisly deaths. The victims' roles in the earlier death are gradually revealed, maintaining a sense of suspense. This tends to negate a sense of sympathy for their plights, instead creating the impression that a sort of rough justice is being administered that the legal system could not provide.
Troublesome Night 6 is a change of pace for the series, more scary and violent than usual and lacking any comedy to vary the mood. There is some suspense as to who the next victim will be and why, and the detective's quest to recover his memory of his own involvement in the death of the model adds an unusual aspect to a well-executed but unsurprising tale.
Reviewed by: ryan
Summary: Troublesome Night 6 (1999)
Along with the 'Young and Dangerous' series, 'Troublesome Night' has become one of the longer series in Hong Kong movies. Director Herman YAU Lai-to launches the latest installment with 'Troublesome Night 6.' Since the second 'Troublesome Night' film, the series has become very consistent in releasing sequels -- almost two every year. We now have the second 'Troublesome Night' movie released this year after 'Troublesome Night 5,' which opened this past January.
'Troublesome Night 6' starts off with the death of Bob NG (NG Chi-hung), a journalist from 'Ten Magazine.' Bob tries to take photos of a dying woman, while his partner, Alan Tam (LAI Yiu-cheung), goes crazy as his skin decays and rots away.
Inspector Chak (Louis KOO Tin-lok) and Simon LOUI are sent to investigate the strange death of Bob. It is during the investigation that Chak discovers ads placed in 'Ten Magazine' are meant specifically for him. At the same time the 'pink lady' (LAI Chi) becomes a suspect. Chak tries to follow the pink lady, only to find that she is a ghost. Later, Alan dies. Chak suspects that the deaths of Alan and Bob can be traced to an old article in 'Ten Magazine.' The article was a feature about a model, HEUNG, who committed suicide on her birthday. The scary thing is that Chak thinks he may have been involved with the death of the model....
When compared to the previous 'Troublesome Night' sequels, you may have trouble finding the thread that links the three stories together. The script for this film is not by Kenneth LAU Hau-wai, who wrote the previous 'Troublesome Night' movies. The movie becomes a pure horror film. It may be inappropriate to talk about this installment as a true sequel in the 'Troublesome Night' series.
The horror is well done. This is, in part, due to the supporting score that helps to set the terrifying mood. The story itself is okay, but you shouldn't expect more than the topical horror elements. But, alas, other than the horror, the rest of the movie is not very memorable.
It would have been more enjoyable if there were more to the movie. For example, the relationship between the model's Mom (Helena LAW Lan) and sister (CHAN Chung-ling) could have been strengthened. It would also have been helpful to have more of a set-up to the film's climax. Some of the scenes could have been cut to provide better pacing, while the comedic elements could have been elaborated to get the audience more invovled with characters in the movie.
As far as the cast is concerned, Louis KOO Tin-lok, Simon LOUI Yue-yeung and Helena LAW Lan perform their roles admirably. I was a bit surprised to find that CHAN Chung-ling is in the movie. She had a small role, but I expected more from her.
'Troublesome Night 6' is pure horror rather than a combination of horror, romance and comedy, as in the previous sequels. The plot is fluent, but some of the scenes run a bit too long. 'Troublesome Night 6' will disappoint you if you are expecting anything remotely related to the previous installments in the series. However, if you haven't seen any of the sequels, this movie may suffice.