Movie review: Nina Wu is an effectively unnerving ride through a mental breakdown

Wu Kei-hsi plays the titular character in Nina Wu, a psychological thriller by Myanmar-born Taiwanese director Midi Z. PHOTO: SHAW ORGANISATION
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SINGAPORE - The story: Nina (Wu Kei-hsi) is a struggling actress who finally gets her big break in a spy espionage thriller after eight years of bit parts, though the role requires her to get naked in a risque sex scene. In making the movie and in the critical success that follows, Nina's mental state grows increasingly frayed.

A psychological thriller for the #MeToo era that manages to maintain a high level of tension throughout, Myanmar-born Taiwanese director Midi Z makes sure that Nina Wu will make audiences uncomfortable and disoriented, even though its story, which blurs the line between dreams and reality, is reminiscent of works before it.

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