The Eternal Evil of Asia
There can be something quite satisfying about
a film that aims no higher than to entertain with a schlocky high speed
tongue in cheek mix of horror, violence, comedy and sex. This one spews
out its contents like a five-day drug induced multi-colored binge in which
reality and fantasy have converged in a narcoleptic nightmare that leaves
you gasping and laughing at the same time. This is a morality tale, a warning
– don’t leave home – don’t go to South East Asia – don’t mess with the
local girls and in the end - true love conquers all sorts of evil. Of course
having a witch on your side helps.
Four Hongies go to Thailand and soon find themselves
caught in the middle of a feud between one wizard (Ben Ng) and another
wizard and his witch wife (Julie Lee). During this Elvis Tsui Kam Kong
finds that he has literally been turned into a “dickhead” and things are
looking bad when the wizard/wife team utilize the “mating hex” – riding
her husband naked across the skies while bombarding Ben Ng with explosive
bursts – until another of the foursome, Chan Kwok-bong, intervenes and
saves Ng. Initially this gets them into his good graces, but a mistakenly
used “love hex” later and he is intent on killing all four of them.
Back in the supposed safety of Hong Kong, all
sorts of terrible things begin to happen to the foursome from going insane
and killing your family to eating all the patrons in a restaurant including
yourself to looking like a masochistic pin cushion. Though Ng only initially
sets out for some good old fashioned revenge, he slowly begins to turn
completely mad – urged on to more evil by the spirit boy he keeps in a
jar – and by his lust for Ellen Chan. Ellen realizes that something is
wrong when her boyfriend, Chan, has problems becoming aroused during a
little strip and tease on her part (I mean you would have to be hexed for
this to happen!). One of her friends, Lily Chung, turns out to be a Thai
witch and the two of them try to contrive a plan to bring down Ng. This
entails one of the more absurd and yet erotic solo scenes put to screen
in which Ellen distracts Ng and the rest of the viewing audience.
This is a ludicrously enjoyable film that lives
up to its trashy reputation. There are some slow bits strewn about – but
even those are filled with scenes such as Yuen King Tan using a brown paper
bag to give some girls an oral sex lesson. Full of imagery, edited in rapid
fashion, without a semblance of good taste – and yet really meant to be
more fun than frightening – this is good entertainment for the whole family
– as long as your family is over eighteen and have received electroshock
therapy in the last six months. There are also a few valuable tips given
out here – don’t leave your cut hair on the barber shop floor – and if
a young boy is sitting next to you at the movie theater and asks to be
escorted to the men’s room – don’t expect to ever be seen again.
My rating for this film: 7.5
Distributed by Mei Ah
The transfer is fairly poor - soft and muddled
and a bit dark.
Cantonese and Mandarin language tracks.
The subtitles are burnt on Chinese and English.
There is also a Ritek version of this film
but it only has the Mandarin track and seems to be from the same source.
It may be co-incidence but on both versions I had a lot of pixilation and
stops and gos in the last 20 minutes.