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37 Ratings

Written By

Joi sun ho

Directed by Wai Ka-Fai
Hong Kong, 2009
Drama, Fantasy


A lawyer dies in a car accident, leaving his daughter, Melody, blind and making his wife a widow. Melody writes a book in which the family died but dad survived. And in her book, dad decides to write a book in which he died in the accident but his wife and daughter survived, and so it goes…

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Written By Directed by Wai Ka-Fai

Awards & Festivals

Hong Kong Film Awards

2010 | 2 nominations including: Best Screenplay

Asian Film Awards

2010 | Nominee: Best Screenwriter

Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards

2010 | 2 wins including: Film of Merit

2010 | 2 nominations including: Best Film

What are people saying?

  • Jake Cole's rating of the film Written By

    Grief is dispelled and enhanced through art as characters use stories to bring back loved ones, who write stories of their own for the ones who remain lost even in fantasy. Even Death gets confused after a time. As a director, Wai isn't as skilled as To, but a subtle zoom on a pricked-up ear and anchoring placements show Wai likely earned those co-director credits with To.

  •'s rating of the film Written By

    While it's true that Wai's direction is sturdy and, intermittently, inspired, there's a lot here that doesn't work, and surprisingly, none of the characters seemed well-drawn or nuanced to me. As an exercise in the sort of genre-cum-philosophy found in the best Milkyway films, it frequently excels, and the looseness with which the film plays with its central conceit was mostly interesting and sometimes beautiful.

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