踏血尋梅 (Port of Call) (Blu-ray release 2016-4-21) is a Hong Kong crime drama that received many awards, helped by uniformly great acting even from new actors.  It is based on a real event in which a girl is murdered brutally, her corpse dismembered and some parts went to be sold as pork.  However, the way I look at it this crime drama is not really a crime drama – the murderer confessed early in the movie.  The only thing that is unclear is why.  Through the investigation of the motive every important character in the movie is revealed to be lonely, living a difficult life, or both.  This movie is really a depressing message about life instead of the crime.  Although not my kind of entertaining movie, it does deserve all the awards it got.

Note: There are two different versions of the movie – a 98-minute theatrical edition, and a 120-minute director’s cut.  According to this article, the theatrical edition is not simply a shortened version – it also added shots and used different takes.

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