Mad Fate (Fantasia 2023) Review

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Directed by Soi Cheang

“The Master” (Ka-Tung Lam) is a fortune teller and feng shui expert who has spent his life trying to avoid going insane the fate a fortune teller told him would be his. Sui-Tong (Lok Man Yeung) is a young killer in the making who so far has only realized his bloodlust with stray cats and has not yet committed a murder.

When the two serendipitously cross paths at the site of an incredibly grisly murder, their fates become intertwined. The film follows the pair as they work together to fight their fates, while running from a veteran police detective who thinks Sui-Tong is responsible for the string of murders and while trying to find the real killer still talking the streets.

Mad Fate somehow manages to seamlessly combine laugh-out-loud comedy with gore and existential dread; I honestly can’t think of another film to compare it to. The only downside is that the film dragged a little bit in its last act which started as a gory climax to the film and leaned a little too far into the existential dread for my taste.

Mad Fate recently had its Canadian Premier at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Stay tuned to The Scariest Things for news on when and where you can experience this wacky, gory film for yourself.

Review by Liz Williams

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