Life Is Cheap... But Toilet Paper Is Expensive Reviews

  • Aug 16, 2011

    I've been looking for this flick for years, mainly because I like this director and it almost got an X rating in 1990. Due to the fact almost nobody cares, Wayne Wang stuck it in the extras section of another movie of his. (Brilliant idea on his part, since I can't say I'll ever really feel the desire to watch this again.) Extremely bizarre, and stylish in a very left-field way. I liked that much of the movie is an extended POV shot with you as the character. (Various oddballs speak with the protagonist, and at one point there's a 10 minute chase sequence - on foot - through downtown Hong Kong.) That's about all, though, and those positives I mentioned are supposed to be the icing on the cake when it comes to a movie. The flick has no momentum, not much of a plot, and there are a lot of "what the fuck" scenes that just seem to be there for shock value only. (I'm not going into detail, but let's just say that this would have been a very easy NC-17 if released.) After the first 40 minutes, this kind of wears out its welcome as a curiosity item.

    I've been looking for this flick for years, mainly because I like this director and it almost got an X rating in 1990. Due to the fact almost nobody cares, Wayne Wang stuck it in the extras section of another movie of his. (Brilliant idea on his part, since I can't say I'll ever really feel the desire to watch this again.) Extremely bizarre, and stylish in a very left-field way. I liked that much of the movie is an extended POV shot with you as the character. (Various oddballs speak with the protagonist, and at one point there's a 10 minute chase sequence - on foot - through downtown Hong Kong.) That's about all, though, and those positives I mentioned are supposed to be the icing on the cake when it comes to a movie. The flick has no momentum, not much of a plot, and there are a lot of "what the fuck" scenes that just seem to be there for shock value only. (I'm not going into detail, but let's just say that this would have been a very easy NC-17 if released.) After the first 40 minutes, this kind of wears out its welcome as a curiosity item.

  • Aug 22, 2010

    (***): Thumbs Up This is one strange and unique black comedy. I don't think that I get everything that goes on but I did love the attempt. Fans of weird films should check this out.

    (***): Thumbs Up This is one strange and unique black comedy. I don't think that I get everything that goes on but I did love the attempt. Fans of weird films should check this out.

  • Jun 25, 2009

    About as much fun as eating a plate full of shit. So, this was Wang's idea of an artistic feature?.. It's below average.

    About as much fun as eating a plate full of shit. So, this was Wang's idea of an artistic feature?.. It's below average.

  • May 14, 2008

    I have been trying to buy this movie. Anyone have it?

    I have been trying to buy this movie. Anyone have it?