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Pali Road

Pali Road

How can the one you love...not exist?Apr. 29, 2016 China95 Min.
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Michelle Chen isLily Zhang
Lily Zhang
Sung Kang isMitch Kayne
Mitch Kayne
Maddox Lim isJames Kayne
James Kayne
Elizabeth Sung isMrs. Zhang
Mrs. Zhang
Tzi Ma isMr. Zhang
Mr. Zhang
Daxing Zhang isOfficer Lee
Officer Lee


PALI ROAD is a mysterious and thrilling journey in search for true love between two different worlds. Lily, a young doctor, wakes up from a car accident and discovers she is living a completely different life. Now married to her boyfriend’s rival, Dr. Mitch Kayne, and a mother to a 5-year-old son, she has an established life she remembers nothing about. Everyone around her denies that her boyfriend Neil ever existed. As Lily begins to doubt her own sanity, memories of Neil resurface, causing her to encounter unexplainable incidents. While desperately searching for the truth of her past life, she questions her entire existence; but in the end, she discovers the meaning of true love.

Original titlePali Road
IMDb Rating7.9 3,285 votes

(19) comments

  • tyfferzyNovember 23, 2015Reply

    One of Hawaii International Film Festival 2015 must-see film

    With Pali Road, Jonathan Lim delivers a love mystery that leaves you
    walking away still thinking of the film and the story. Pali Road stars
    Michelle Chen, Jackson Rathbone, Sung Kang, and Henry Ian Cusick with
    breathtaking scenery of Hawaii taking you on an emotional-charged
    journey of the heart and mind. Originally scheduled for two showings at
    the 2015 Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF), Pali Road and HIFF
    opened a third showing by popular response from the Honolulu community.
    Pali Road should be a sure thing in its nominations for the Halekulani
    Golden Orchid Award for Best Narrative as well as for its
    cinematography and performances. It’s a definite must-see when it
    becomes available in theaters and online.

  • bpnakamotoDecember 8, 2015Reply

    Suspense Thriller

    I really enjoyed Pali Road. It had everything a you could ask for.
    There was suspense, romance, drama and beautiful back ground scenery. I
    loved the story line it was mysterious and suspenseful. I was on the
    edge of my seat and a couple of times some scenes made me jump because
    it surprised me. The actors and actress did an excellent job. The
    casting was perfect. I was not expecting much due to a locally filmed
    movie but I was pleasantly surprised on how well the movie was made. I
    didn’t like the ending it ended abruptly. I would have liked to have
    had some closure. It made me feel something was missing. It made you
    have to think about what happened around the mystery. I would go see it
    again and this time I would follow it a lot closer now that I have an
    idea what to look for.

  • walcykDecember 10, 2015Reply

    suspenful creative plot with local culture portrayed

    The plot is suspenseful and the characters are intriguing. It is
    creative and the ”what will happen next” keeps viewers riveted to the
    film. I love the winding of local culture and the beauty of the islands
    was well interweaved. The photography/cinematography was beautiful, it
    takes a real artist to catch some of the scenes. I was surprised by the
    outcome of the film and like that I did not expect it. The female roles
    were well cast and I kept watching the faces of the female characters.
    The cinematography was expert in coloring the background scenes of the
    islands to show viewers the inner beauty of Hawaii. It was interesting
    to see the interaction of the in laws and parents and I think they were
    portrayed as many of the old time parents thought, those of the
    ”fifties”. In addition, the film showed a suspense, a girls plight,
    riveting portrayal of family roles and local cultural roles, scenery,
    changes in life, choices in life and how those affect ones’ outcome,
    responsibilities in life. After seeing the film you go out to think
    about our own lives and the movies makes one think of how our own
    choices affect where and whom we are.

  • otsujiDecember 12, 2015Reply

    A love story with a psychological twist

    *** This review may contain spoilers ***

  • geraldyelvertonDecember 13, 2015Reply

    An Intense Psycho Thriller

    Recently, I had the pleasure of screening the film ”Pali Road”. The
    film is about a woman who dates a young doctor, but after a car
    accident wakes up to find she is married to his professional rival and
    has a son. No one in her life, not even her parents remember the
    original love of her life, causing her to question her thoughts as

    Pali Road, written by Doc Pedrolie and Victoria Arch is an intense
    psycho analysis of the human mind and shows the true power of the
    heart. The script and storyline are complex without being difficult to
    follow. A true intelligently written story.

    Jonathan Hua Lang Lim directs a beautifully told story with sweeping
    shots and a serviceable pace. The story moves at a rate that causes the
    viewer to want to stay with it. He also does wonders in the direction
    of his actors.

    The young woman is played by actress, Michelle Chen (Badges of Fury)
    who I was unfamiliar with before viewing this title. She serves as a
    great central character who is going through this psycho analysis. Her
    acting is top notch as she really conveys the beats and levels of love,
    fear and doubt as the plot unfolds. Pali Road will be a key vehicle in
    familiarizing this talented audience with a mass audience. Film fans
    will recognize the two leading male characters as Jackson Rathbone
    (Twilight) and Sung Kang (Fast and Furious). Rathbone, who plays the
    former love interest before the accident does well as the romantic
    lead. Kang, who plays the new husband and father really reaches a depth
    that was not seen in the uber popular action franchise he is known for.
    This movie proves as beneficial for the actors to showcase their
    talents as they prove beneficial for the film.

    I highly recommend any film fans, or fans of its star actors to take
    the time to view this title. At 92 minutes it is not a marathon to
    watch as the plot moves swiftly. A really well put together film.

  • sportsbros808February 28, 2016Reply

    Beautiful And Suspenseful

    The ”waking up and not remembering your life” meme has been played out
    in many film and TV shows in the past. However, ”Pali Road” takes it to
    a new level.

    Lily (Michelle Chen) wakes up after a car accident and it thrust into a
    life she has no memory of. The memories that she does have are those of
    being with her boyfriend, Neil (Jackson Rathbone) and not of her
    current husband and child.

    Her family and friends insist that this current life is the only
    reality there is. Lily begins to question her sanity and the film takes
    a darker, more suspenseful turn.

    The acting is excellent with Chen and Rathbone delivering moving
    performances. The cinematography adds so much to the film that it
    almost feels like an additional character. Scenes go from bright, warm
    and lush to dark and brooding as the film progresses. Director Jonathan
    Hua Lang Lim keeps the story moving and delivers some spectacular
    camera shots.

    Ultimately this film is about the power of love to overcome all
    obstacles. The love that Lily feels is stronger than the ”reality” that
    is telling her something different. Watching this film will make many
    people question their own reality and the choices and compromises they
    have made in their lives.

    I think really good movies will leave you thinking and questioning and
    ”Pali Road” is no exception. If you get a chance to see this film I
    highly recommend that you do.

  • John PredragMarch 11, 2016Reply

    This is such a gem of a movie

    Pali Road is an exceptional romantic psycho thriller, that will hold
    your attention through to the end, but also leaving you scratching your
    head. It is about a woman who wakes up in a completely different life,
    after a car accident, and no one around her (not even her parents)
    remembers the details about her ”original” life, nor her real
    boyfriend. Lilly will have to question her sanity and her feelings in
    order to reveal the truth. These actors were relatively unknown to me
    but I was amazed by Michelle Chen’s performance. She did a great job in
    portraying Lilly and the rest of the crew did a decent job too. The
    script is cleverly written and the story is easy to follow. I highly
    enjoyed watching this movie and I give it a high recommendation.

  • Jade1118March 22, 2016Reply

    Thought provoking and Spiritual

    *** This review may contain spoilers ***

  • albertxjonasMarch 22, 2016Reply

    Original Romantic thriller

    *** This review may contain spoilers ***

  • Zelda MMarch 22, 2016Reply

    Suspenseful and yet Exciting

    *** This review may contain spoilers ***

  • Alexander WolfApril 20, 2016Reply

    Love can not be ignored

    Lily is a young girl who survives a car accident and wakes up confused,
    married for a man she doesn’t love and having a son she can’t remember.
    Although her husband is not completely unknown to her, according to her
    memories, she has a boyfriend Neil, who is a doctor, and her current
    husband was actually his rival. But what complicates the situation is
    that even her parents are saying that her memories are not real, and a
    consequence of trauma after the car accident. Everyone around are
    trying to convince her, that Neil is a product of her imagination. The
    movie was an exciting ride, a clever and unpredictable romance with
    some elements of thriller, where it was hard to know the truth until
    the end. The acting was spot on, the story believable and I got very
    emotional at the end. I give this movie a strong 9!!

  • Billy DunsterApril 23, 2016Reply

    Excellent !!!

    Beside Hollywood production I love watching Korean and Japanese movies,
    but I am not really familiar with the Chinese cinematography. Jonathan
    Hua Lang Lim, who was completely unknown to me before, did a great job
    with this movie. There is some amazing background scenery, that is
    combined with a top-notch direction, so I will surely be paying
    attention to this director’s future work. Acting is good and the story
    is very well put together. I didn’t find any plot holes in the script,
    everything made sense and I loved the ending. I highly recommend the
    movie to all the romance lovers, even though it has some elements of
    thriller so I am sure the audience of many different genres will like

  • Martkos JohansonApril 23, 2016Reply

    Surprisingly great !!!

    This is a great and suspenseful romance with a very original script
    that will touch your heart. The movie tells a story about love which is
    always stronger than lies and deception. The main character, Lilly
    Zhang goes through a mental torture when she awakes from a car accident
    and finds out that her world has turned upside down. She is married to
    a man she barely knows, while no one remembers her true love, her
    boyfriend Neil (portrayed by Jackson Rathbone). Lilly goes through
    emotions of doubt and fear, as the story unfolds, but also getting
    closer and closer to the truth. Michelle Chan did an outstanding
    performance portraying Lilly and I will definitely search for some more
    of her movies here on IMDb. That also counts for the director too.
    Watch it, you won’t regret it!

  • Marco WellApril 26, 2016Reply

    One of the best movies lately

    I loved that this was not just a typical romance shot on the beautiful
    coasts of Hawaii, but a very unique and original movie. I really hope
    it will get to more audience, because it has all: suspension, mystery,
    romance, twists, GREAT ending!!! I liked the characters, they were
    convincing and their acting looked natural. Michelle Chen rocks,
    completely unknown to me, she is both gorgeous and extremely talented
    actress. I would love to see more of her work. The Director also did an
    outstanding job, some of the scenes are breathtaking, and the story is
    developed smoothly, making a viewer wonder what is the truth. I
    recommend Pali Road to everybody!

  • Phillip WatsonApril 27, 2016Reply

    Pali Road = Awesome!

    I watched Pali Road in a cinema with a friend, and we both liked it
    very much. The movie is different than most of the romance-thrillers,
    because there are no clichés like you would find in every other
    romance, and its story is unconventional. The script is brilliant, and
    even though I know romances are rarely blockbusters, I truly hope it
    will get more audience in cinemas. The girl who plays Lily is sooo cute
    and talented, I will definitely be watching more of her work in the
    future. The director also did a great job, there were many beautiful
    scenes in the movie and which kept my attention to the very end.
    Overall, it was a pleasant experience, and I recommend it to anyone!

  • gencersancarMay 1, 2016Reply

    Bad acting, waste of time, do not fool by high IMDb rating

    *** This review may contain spoilers ***

  • Casey OlsonMay 2, 2016Reply

    Very good romantic drama

    This is a romantic drama that will keep you guessing until the end.
    Michelle Chen plays a successful doctor dating an elementary school
    teacher Neil (Jackson Rathbone). Chen wakes up from a car accident
    married to her boss (Sung Kang) and no one in her life remembers Neil.
    All of the actors do a good job. Henry Ian Cusick as a therapist that
    tries to convince Chen that her life with Neil is not real is
    especially good. As the movie continues on you too begin to question
    which reality is correct. The director does an excellent job of
    building suspense throughout. The cinematography is top notch and makes
    Hawaii look both beautiful and a little dangerous. The composer’s music
    is good at adding to the atmosphere. I would really recommend people to
    seek this movie out.

  • Franklyn B.May 2, 2016Reply

    Little gem !!!

    If you are tired of the Hollywood blockbusters, this movie will be a
    perfect one for you! It has a little bit of everything: mystery,
    suspense, romance and an ending that will leave you scratching your
    head. Story is believable and very well put together, directing is
    superb and there are some scenes in the movie that take breath away.
    Actors were relatively unknown to me but they did an amazing job
    portraying their characters. Michelle Chen was especially convincing in
    her role of Lily, but not only she is a great actress but very hot too
    XD I warmly recommend this cute and unique romance to everyone with a
    heart. I give it an 8 star rating!

  • JannnnnnnMay 6, 2016Reply

    I mean wow what a film

    I love a good movie. You might find that many of the cast members are
    familiar from the blockbuster films twilight and fast and the furious,
    so you know it will be good.

    This film really blew my mind. My friends and I, the whole theatre
    really, were enraptured by the astounding acting, enchanting dialogue,
    and really intricate plot. What would you do if you woke up in satin
    pjs in the wrong bed? The cultural motifs, (Hawaiian myth, Chinese girl
    with American boy, Korean doctor to the rescue) really struck a chord
    with us.

    Anyways, get a crew, bring those you are looking to impress, and be
    sure to schedule time afterwards to deconstruct this beauty of a film.

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