The Last Roar of a Mother Bear
Xiong mama zuihou de baoxiao
Gateway | Dragons & Tigers
One of the strangest murder-mystery black-comic art-horror-thrillers of the year: in 1990, an obsessive Macanese cop (played by director Doug Chan himself) unravels two murders, one that took place in 1979 and the other in 1990.
Set in a pre-handover Macao drenched in atmospheric decay, the action opens with a frenzied scene of abduction and murder. Bela, a young mother, cowers in her apartment, protecting her daughter Nicole from a kidnapper who shoots two cops in cold blood while abducting Nicole’s young playmate Aldo. Eleven years later, Nicole, now a bride, disappears during her wedding celebration and is mysteriously murdered. Is the young man who sends a secret videotape of Nicole’s abduction connected to the violence of 1979?
Macao-based Hong Kong director Chan follows up his 2002 art-house favourite Love Is Not a Sin with this long-awaited, immensely entertaining, really weird, utterly unique genre experiment. With a compulsively seductive rhythm mixing tension-building stillness with spasms of crazy brutality, Chan weaves images of mad memories and past and future traumas in this absurdist, compulsively watchable collage of violence, humour and obsession.
— Shelly Kraicer