Synopsis by Eleanor Mannikka
Harbinger of a new wave in Hong Kong cinema and one of director Ann Hui's best films, The Secret capitalizes on symbols in Chinese culture referring to birth, marriage and death and sets a definite mood of mystery and foreboding from the beginning. A kind of psychological horror-thriller, the story is based on an actual incident in 1970. Some school children come across the battered bodies of a young man and woman, tied to a tree. Their faces have been smashed in, and their clothes are torn. It turns out that the man (Man Chi-leung) was a medical student in the university. As the story unfolds, the mystery and mood rather outweigh the terrible "secret" connected to the murders.
killing, discovery, investigation, lookalike, medical, murder, student, supernatural, supernatural-forces, tree