Yiu sau dou si (The Wicked City) (1992) - Rotten Tomatoes

Yiu sau dou si (The Wicked City) (1992)

Yiu sau dou si (The Wicked City)





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Movie Info

Peter Mak Tai-kit spins this exuberant, visually dense adaptation from the popular similarly named Japanese anime. The film is set in a world where shape-shifting alien creatures known as Raptors have infiltrated human society. To deal with this problem, Hong Kong has fashioned a secret government task force aptly known as the Anti-Raptor Bureau, recruiting young talent with telekinetic abilities such as Taki (Leon Lai Ming) and Ken (Jacky Cheung Hok-yau). The bureau's current interest is in Japanese billionaire Daishu (played by Japanese screen legend Tatsuya Nakadai, who spends much of the film looking like he is going to kill his agent) who they figure is well over 150 years old and a likely Raptor. For his part, Daishu preaches peaceful co-habitation with humans. His deranged son, Shudo (Roy Cheung Yiu-yueng), on the other hand, espouses the wholesale destruction of the human race. Of course, the presence of a mysterious drug called Happiness, which gives Raptors fantastic strength and a hair-trigger temper, is not helping the cause of the peacemakers. ~ Jonathan Crow, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Action & Adventure, Art House & International, Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Critic Reviews for Yiu sau dou si (The Wicked City)

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (1)

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Seek this one out. A Hong Kong style Men in Black, with monsters instead of aliens, and more sex. Very cool stuff.

July 16, 2003
New Times

July 31, 2005

March 30, 2005
Los Angeles CityBeat

Audience Reviews for Yiu sau dou si (The Wicked City)


This Hong Kong sci-fi movie faithfully re-creates some scenes from the similarly titled Japanese animated film and also draws inspiration from Alien Nation and Blade Runner. The special effects and make-ups look average.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

"The Wicked City" is Cheez Wiz cinema, which may help explain why the film has a modest cult following in the West.

Some nice allegorical touches aside, this is [yet] another poorly adapted Japanese anime/manga given a Cantonese live action overhaul. The leads are fine, the photography is competitive, and even some of the make-up and costumes are fun but Peter Mak's direction is amateurish and Tsui Hark's script resembles the popular 1987 anime of the same name in few if any ways.

Package this with a miniscule Hong Kong budget that fails to parallel the capital of animation with gross, cheap-o special effects, and "The Wicked City" is almost a complete bust.

Adam Laidig

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