Oxide Pang'spsychological thriller Ab-normal Beautyopened at number one in another slow week at the Hong Kong box office, grossingUS$388,649 from 37 screens.

Produced byUniverse Entertainment and Magic Head Film Production, the film tells the storyof a young photographer who becomes obsessed with taking pictures at the momentof death. It marks the first film role for pop singers Rosanne Wong and RaceWong, collectively known as 2R.

Openers alsoincluded Sam Leung's Explosive City,a Hong Kong-Japan co-production about the confrontation between aninternational terrorist group and the Hong Kong police. The cast includesveteran Hong Kong actors Simon Yam and Alex Fong along with Japanese starsHisako Shirata and Sonny Chiba.