US DVD

The Untold Story direction: Danny
Lee & Herman Yau, and Run and Kill direction: Billy Tang Hin Shing, both 1993

Both of these films were made in 1993 and are maybe the best examples of the
then wild and unhinged Hong Kong Category III films (maybe something of a X
rating in the US) and this censor category still exists today but the films today
are a different breed compared to back then, at the end of the Golden Era of HK
filmmaking, much tamer and more cautious after the 1997 handover.

Two of the most infamous HK films ever made were "The Untold Story" and
"Run and Kill" and in the leads you could see two of HK's greatest actors -
Anthony Wong and Simon Yam. These deranged Crime Thriller Horrors were
made to SHOCK but also to entertain the audiences, and often unappropriate
scenes of burlesque comedy pops up when you least suspect it.

Luckily this new breed of wild unhinged horror from Hong Kong appeared at
the exact moment when the Western Horror film lay dying. This after shitty
seemingly forever ongoing junk as Terror on Elm Street 8, Halloween 14 or
Friday the 13th: Jason vs. the Soya People, and with "Scream" just around the
corner to really take a crap on the horror film genre.

In "The Untold Story" (the original Chinese title is too long to write here)
Anthony Wong plays a choleric fast-food chef and the film is based on a real
crime case in Hong Kong where the guy murdered people and grinded them
down to minced meat and made dumplings of it. Yummy .... Not!
He played the role so convincingly and scary that he won a major film prize.

In "Run and Kill" Simon Yam plays the psychopathic mainland killer Fung who
makes the life miserable for unlucky Kent Cheng's role figure Fatty Cheung
when he murders his little daughter for fun. No-one in HK could play a
psycopath like Simon Yam, with the exception of Anthony Wong then maybe

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Anthony Wong är helt lysande i numera legendarisk cat. 3 Nasty-Horror som en milt sagt obalanserad snabbmats-kock.
En sån här film kommer med största sannolikhet aldrig mer att göras i Hong Kong. Mörkt intensiv med synnerligen udda
inslag av ren buskis-humor, i scenerna med Danny Lee's poliser. Danny Lee som polis = Categy III nastie ?

Vågen av Hong Kong Category III - filmer, kanske filmhistoriens mest utflippade, dog väl i praktiken ut iom Kinas övertagande av
Hong Kong 1997, då Hong Kong's filmindustri hade att börja flukta på Kinas många censurregler för att kunna exportera sina filmer
(i de flesta fall en ekonomisk nödvändighet) även till Mainland China.

Så det blir inga fler Untold Story, Dr. Lamb, Run and Kill, Ebola Syndrome etc. R.I.P. galna men underhållande Hong Kong Trash-
sleaze-horrors.

OBS! Med undantag av Pang Ho-Cheung's hysteriskt våldsamma Gore explosion satir slashern Dream Home från 2010 då förstås.
Anthony Wong was re-united with Herman Yau in 2017 with Cat. III horror-drama The Sleep Curse, but it was not very good

anamorfisk widescreen 1.85:1, mono kantonesiska med engelsk text, kommentarspår med Wong och Yau

 

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