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December 19, 2014
Grotesque and sick. Base on a true story. I vaguely remember watching this when I'm around 10 years old.
In HK, Anthony Wong burn a man to death when he refuse to lend him money. A woman found some dismembered limbs at the beach. Cops Parkman Wong and Emily Kwan are subordinates of Danny Lee who is a womanizer, always change new girlfriend and bring around with him. Anthony is a skillful butcher. He lust after the cashier Julie Lee. A new worker saw Anthony cheat during mahjong. Emily stay back to verify the fingerprint and want to claim credit in front of Danny. But she did not follow up and Danny didn't praise her. The dismembered limb belong to a woman. Anthony overhear the new worker tell Julie he cheated in mahjong. Anthony kill him at night and then dismembered the corpse. He process the flesh into char siew bao filling. Every customer like the bao. A PRC keep sending letter to the team, asking them to help find a relative working in the same restaurant as Anthony. Emily came to work dress sexily and the guys are smitten. The dismembered lady also has connection to the restaurant. The cops go down and investigate. They bring more bao back for others to eat. Anthony keep going to the law firm to process the shop ownership but lawyer refuse without the proper document. Julie want to resign. Anthony pretend to agree and then rape her in the shop. He use chopsticks stab her vagina and she died. Danny lead his team down to investigate again. They find him fishy and put him on surveillance. Anthony throw rubbish at the last minute. Danny want Emily to chase the garbage truck. They manage to find what he threw. Anthony try to escape by ferry. Danny and gang manage to catch him. He manage to run out and let the press see him get beaten up by the cops. Shing Fui On is the dead boss brother serving jail. Danny send Anthony to jail and let Shing gang beat him up to make him confess. He constantly get beatings from Shing. Anthony resort to cutting his wrist to get out of jail to hospital. HK police verify Anthony is also wanted for murder 8 years ago. The nurse also dislike him and purposely use a big needle for injection. He hold her as hostage. The rest manage to catch him back. Danny want to make him suffer. He ask doctor to inject him active serum and then give him the withdrawal. The nurse revenge by injecting water into his back and cause blister so he can't lay down to sleep. After many days of torture, Anthony breaks down and confess. Flashback to the past, the boss know he cheated in mahjong. Anthony keep pressing him for money and he refused. He kill the whole family including 5 kids, their grandmother. He dismembered all their bodies. The cops vomit when he says the bao fillings are the dead flesh. Back to jail he is still defiant and says Danny don't have evidence to press charges against him. At night he slit his wrist again and die. He rather die than face the law.
September 1, 2014
Never seen a film that had me this close to becoming a full blown Vegan until now!
Cinema-Maniac
Super Reviewer
½ July 6, 2014
Hong Kong's Category III is the US equivalent of NC-17 and for several reasons always peaked my interests. In particular the way it categorizes the campy, over the top "Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky" in the same vein as "Mad Detective" which doesn't remotely come close to containing the same amount of graphic content. In the end though it doesn't matter if the film content lives up the rating, but rather if it a good piece of filmmaking. For the case of "The Eight Immortals Restaurant: The Untold Story" it is even if noticeably sloppy in execution.

The Eight Immortals Restaurant: The Untold is about cops investigation on a criminal running an unsuspecting restaurant, while trying to trace the steps back to how he ended up running it suddenly. The film jumps between the cops investigation and the criminal mastermind, Wong Chi Hang, to tell its story. Early on in the film it opens immediately with a murder only to then introduce the cops who are portrayed as bumbling idiots for comedic effect. Often the humor plays off the cops inability to gather evidence because of the bad smell or the womanizing inspector who always brings a new lady with him to the station. These early comedic scenes don't mesh well when the film makes a turn for the grisly for a majority of its run. Tonally all it's all over the place as one moment you're possibly laughing at the cops investigation lack of professionalism to then suddenly cut to the next scene of murder. Whether or not it wants the audience the sympathize for the killer is left to the viewer to decide. Once Wong is capture it's not the end of the film, but rather it continues to show at length the cops are willing to lock up Wong Chi Hang behind bars. Utilizing other methods that doesn't require breaking bones. Asking yourself if the means to send Wong Chi Hang behind bars is justified by the officers given the extreme torture applied to Wong Chi Hang while taking into account what he did. Despite how often it jumps tones it position by the end of the film ends amorally. Neither condemning Wong Chi Hang for his killings or rewarding the cops methods to crack the case by any means. While the who in the mystery is always clear the background and motivation are elements that the film works for. Building up gradually the mystery of what exactly happened at this restaurant to a grisly reveal in its most infamous scene. There's no cat and mouse game and the unraveling mystery that is Wong Chi Hang keeps it interesting. Wong Chi Hang is an interesting criminal mind and one with a troubled mindset in twisted way will keep you watching.

Anthony Wong is outstanding as the enigmatic Wong Chi Hang capturing so well the traits of this unbalanced psychotic character that he comes across as truly a demented person. He's best in full on psychotic in the moments of killing a victim displaying joy with his grievous voice. However, Wong movement also tells us he's not an expert struggling to some degree, but his eyes cold stare makes him comes across as demented even in daylight without a weapon. When Wong is captured he comes across as a broken human unable to stand up straight in his mannerism changing to his beaten state. The performance of Anthony Wong is noteworthy alone for a viewing. Supporting cast largely go unnoticed because their interpretation is direct what of the material demand. This is not good for the supporting cast since a majority of them have trouble transitioning to the darker side of the material. Often allowing them a moment to react silly in a serious moment. Danny Lee is the exception in the supporting cast being able to make a successful transition into the material darker side. Lee does come across as a womanizer on the silly side, but also comes across as a devoted inspector. As for the violence it's deserving of the Category III (NC-17 in the US) rating. While generally not showing the impact of a kill there is plenty of gore, foreboding atmosphere, blood, and Anthony Wong successful portrayal that these murders scenes are wholly effective. On the down side despite how well done the special effects are and the way the murder are shot they are unevenly spread across the film. There's three in the first act and one more in the final twenty minute involving children. There might be a light supply of murder on screen, but the execution of them more than makes up for it.

The Eight Immortals Restaurant: The Untold Story tone is unbalanced as the film's criminal mind, yet it's that same unbalanced nature that makes it appealing. While the comedy fails to fit in with the rest of the film never does any of it issues overshadow it bright spot. The way it tells it story works well enough due to it twisted criminal and held together by Anthony Wong spectacular performance.


Based on a true story claim:
I was unable to find any evidence or articles that prove the events in the film did occur. However, after doing a bit of lazy research (yay, reading about murders) and the closest source I could find as a possible inspiration is Fritz Haarmann. A German serial killer who is believed to have been responsible for the murder of 27 boys and young men between 1918 and 1924. Always with a view to his commercial instincts, the body of his victims would then be dismembered and the clothes and meat sold through the usual channels for smuggled goods. The useless portions were thrown into the River Leine. Due to Haarmann victims being runaways and his successful distribution the British police had a hard time finding any concrete evidence to crack the case. As the number of missing boys mounted, police suspicion began to fall on Haarmann. A woman who had purchased one of his black-market "steaks" became convinced it was human flesh and turned it over to the police. In the summer of 1924, several skulls and a sackful of bones were found on the banks of the canal. While searching Haarmann's rooms, detectives found bundles of boys' clothing. The landlady's son was wearing a coat--given to him by Haarmann--that belonged to one of the missing boys. In the end, Haarmann confessed his crimes in minute detail, proclaiming insanity but declaring he was forced to commit the crimes whilst in a trance. He was convicted, found guilty of 24 murders and subsequently sentenced to execution in April, 1925. While awaiting execution, the "Vampire of Hanover" (as he'd been dubbed by the press) produced a written confession in which he described, with undisguised relish, the pleasure he had derived from his atrocities. At his own request, he was beheaded with a sword in the city marketplace, ironically one of the most common and effective ways to dispose of a vampire. Afterward, his brain was removed from his skull and shipped to Goettingen University for study. Unfortunately, nothing came of this effort. Over seventy years later, science is still no closer to comprehending the reasoning behind the crimes committed by people like Fritz Haarmann. Or maybe it could the fact that Fritz Haarmann was just plain insane without a particular motivator.
½ January 28, 2014
This film features gross old Anthony Wong being gross and making little pork buns out of humans, so just strap in and get ready for that.

Well worth tracking down, as it's as crazy as the various reviews had led me to believe and deserves a look.

Rental!
March 31, 2013
i've heard from various people that watching ebola syndrome before the untold story was a mistake because ebola basically took untold's premise and took the debauchery to an entirely new level. while it's true that ebola upped the ante on the sex and violence (except that i don't remember any child killing on ebola as there is in this movie) the untold story is certainly not for the squeamish and it's a highly regarded cat-iii classic for a reason. the first half is surprisingly very funny and entertaining and then makes a pretty dark turn towards the end, where it gets seriously fucking nasty and yau challenges his penchant for bad taste to amusing results. essential holyfuckingshit canon movie
November 29, 2012
beware what is being served before you eat it !
½ June 1, 2012
Mean and definitely deserving the cat III tag ..... the ending being very hard to watch for even hardened horror fans.
½ September 10, 2011
Famed for being one of the most shocking Asian horror movies, "The Untold Story" is surprisingly not as gory as one would expect with that reputation; however, this is not saying that the movie doesn't live to the hype, as it is definitely a shocking experience although for a very different reason.

The movie features a couple of pretty graphic and sick moments, that makes this movie stand out in its genre. It's one of those movies that got banned in numerous countries at the time of its release and is heavily cut in others. Not that it's the most nastiest movie around but it does have its moments that will make some people's stomach turn.

The first half would make you think that there's nothing grisly about this movie - in fact it's pretty light hearted and pictures a comical view of the Macau cops but all that changes in the second half when the horrific stuff appears which includes the shocking murders of several children. "The Untold Story" is often hard to watch, but it's definitely never boring, and while crude, the portrait of sadistic violence it makes of the crime is captivating in a way that few horror movies are. While this is definitely one of the best CAT III movies of its time, it's not without flaws, as the budgetary constrains really took its toll in the movie.

This movie is now a classic of Hong Kong cinema, and essential viewing for those interested in the infamous exploitation movies rated as CAT III. It's not a movie for everyone, but if you have an interest for gritty tales of serial killers, "The Untold Story" is a must-see.
½ September 8, 2011
Famed for being one of the most shocking Asian horror movies, "The Untold Story" is surprisingly not as gory as one would expect with that reputation; however, this is not saying that the movie doesn't live to the hype, as it is definitely a shocking experience although for a very different reason.

The movie features a couple of pretty graphic and sick moments, that makes this movie stand out in its genre. It's one of those movies that got banned in numerous countries at the time of its release and is heavily cut in others. Not that it's the most nastiest movie around but it does have its moments that will make some people's stomach turn.

The first half would make you think that there's nothing grisly about this movie - in fact it's pretty light hearted and pictures a comical view of the Macau cops but all that changes in the second half when the horrific stuff appears which includes the shocking murders of several children. "The Untold Story" is often hard to watch, but it's definitely never boring, and while crude, the portrait of sadistic violence it makes of the crime is captivating in a way that few horror movies are. While this is definitely one of the best CAT III movies of its time, it's not without flaws, as the budgetary constrains really took its toll in the movie.

This movie is now a classic of Hong Kong cinema, and essential viewing for those interested in the infamous exploitation movies rated as CAT III. It's not a movie for everyone, but if you have an interest for gritty tales of serial killers, "The Untold Story" is a must-see.
½ July 6, 2011
Brilliant.Anthony Wong=The Pacino of Hong Kong.
March 1, 2011
The untold story is one of those movies that you don't expect much (despite of the opinions surronding the movie) and in the end is surprisingly good. Anthony Wong plays again a role of psychopath killer, but differently from ebola syndrome, he is now far more twisted, sadistic and violent. The only thing that I didn't like was the comics scenes with the cops, it just didn't fit in, (maybe was the director's way to depict a incompetent police force). But overall, the movie was great, filled with violence and blood. Thumbs up!!
½ August 27, 2010
A nasty looking film that should make you very uncomfortable. The ending will have you reaching for the 'stop' button.
July 1, 2010
I was told the villan in this film is better than Javiar Bardem's role in "No Country for Old Men". Looks kind of dated though by the trailer.
June 8, 2010
Twisted, sick and a little fun.
½ March 6, 2010
Very dark humor and extremely violent. The main character really looked manic and did a very good acting performance.
January 9, 2010
all i know is that this scared the shit out of me when i was small.
November 17, 2009
don't know much about this film but iheard good things and heard it was disturbing so i'll check itout
½ October 16, 2009
"Untold Story" is one of those films that, even in these permissive days of UK film censorship, is unlikely to be gracing the shelves of HMV in its uncut form any time soon. Which is ridiculous really, as this "true" story of a butcher cutting up his enemies and squidging them into his pork buns for sale to his increasingly eager punters. As is usual with this kind of Category III thriller, the brutal violence and sexual depravity sits side-by-side with slapstick comedy in a way that bemuses Western viewers and terrifies the censors. It's quite a lot of fun though, buoyed by a demented performance by Anthony Wong who pushes his character's insanity to impressively creative levels. One of the few legendary gore films that's genuinely worth getting your hands on - if you can get it through customs.
½ October 14, 2009
The acting and the direction in this film is great: but the content, Wow!
This is a movie that has an Asian rating of category III, which basically means that it is an extremely offensive, violent, and disturbing movie. The movie in question is called ?The Untold Story? or ?Bun Man ? The Untold Story? and is completely and utterly based upon a true story and definitely lives up to its rating. The fact that it is true makes it actually creepier than most shock movies due to the fact that unlike other disturbing movies this one actually happened.
The movie begins in the town of Macau with the discovery of some dismembered, decomposing body parts that have washed up on the beach and are found by a local woman and her children. We are then shown the ?Eight Immortals? Dim Sum Restaurant and we are introduced to Wong Chi Hang, he is a gruff nerdy looking man with glasses. At the ?Eight Immortals? their specialty dish is barbeque beef rolls or hum bao. We find out that Wong doesn?t legally own the restaurant legally but that ?it was given to him? by the previous owner. A man who has since disappeared off of the face of the planet. As you watch the film you begin to realize that there is something that isn?t right about this shop owner.
The Police (who in this film are a bunch of bumbling idiots) begin to investigate and find out who the limbs found on the beach belong to. They are contacted by people and discover that they belong to someone who was related to the ?Eight Immortals? previous owner. The police then begin to investigate Wong and his restaurant and by this point we realize that Wong is not all he first appeared to be.
In a flashback scene we see what happens to the previous owner and his entire family. The sequence is one of the most violent, relentless, raw, and disturbing sequences I have ever seen. Wong and the previous owner are gambling with one another and the owner catches him cheating and confronts him. Wong hits him over the head with a bottle and grabs the owners son hold the broken bottle to his neck. He then orders the owners wife to tie up the rest of the family up and she does so hoping to save her child. Now that the rest of the family is tied up, Wong ties up the owner?s wife and then begins insulting the helpless tied up man. Then to prove how much power he has over the family he bites a piece of the woman?s face off and spits it at her tied up husband. The children begin to cry loudly and this is what sends Wong into a rage, I won?t go into specifics but Wong slaughters every member of the family in graphic detail all right in front of the camera. Then he cuts up the bodies (again in front of the camera) and uses the meat to make the Barbeque buns that the restaurant is famous for.
Back to the present, Wong is becoming increasingly paranoid with the police on his trail and decides that the employees of the restaurant are too big of a risk to have around so he murders them as well. In another hard to forget scene he rapes a female employee shoveing a handful of chopsticks into her vagina, and then kills her and makes her into food too. After this point in the film it just goes downhill into a cycle of violence and mayhem.
Finally the police arrest him and beat a confession out of him in a very original way. They put him into a jail cell with the brother of the restaurants previous owner who rapes, tortures, and generally mistreats him in every way imaginable and the film ends with a suicide.
This film had to be edited to get a category III movie rating (NC-17 is the American equivalent). Although, it has recently been released in America on DVD in all of its uncut glory. The violence in this movie (particularly against children) will hit you like a swift kick in the balls or boobs (depending upon gender).
Super Reviewer
October 8, 2009
WARNING: This movie bites with sharp, nasty teeth.

What can I say about The Untold Story? Well it tricks you, for one thing. The first half is more of a horror comedy. There are a few brutal moments, but nothing when compared to what comes in the second half. This movie shifts gears before you can blink, and throws you into an insane world of prison beatings, botched suicide attempts, police brutality, and one horrifically graphic confession. There are bits of humor, but I don't know whether they lighten the tone or just make what's going on seem more fucked up. This movie is supposedly based on a true story, although it seems to be very hard to find any info on it outside of the old, "I have this friend of a friend who told me...". But true or not, this movie is a must see for fans of rough horror. And I don't know about you, but those pork buns look mighty tasty.
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