Claustrophobia. 2008. Hong Kong. Directed by Ivy Ho. With Karena Lam, Ekin Cheung, Eric Tsang. 35mm. In Cantonese; English subtitles. 100 min.
In multiple flashbacks, Claustrophobia tells the story of Tom (Ekin Cheung), the married manager of a five-person marketing team, and Pearl (Karena Lam), one of his team members. Spending day and night working together, they develop feelings for each other over time. Using flashbacks as a storytelling device, Ivy Ho, an award-winning screenwriter (Comrades, Almost a Love Story) in her directorial debut, brings us back in time to stages of this inevitable, yet ambiguous, relationship. Cinematographer Lee films in confined spaces, where the two characters are often found trapped together, to convey a sense of claustrophobia and inescapable romantic attraction.