We're Going to Eat You (1980)
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Tsui Hark and first time writer Szeto Cheuk-hon have all the wry stuff here and pull off the daunting task of synchronizing cannibalism, comedy, and kung fu in near-perfect harmony. Only when a reoccurring gag, featuring a randy Amazon woman (quite obviously an actor in drag), does the writing falter. And yet given that the epicenter of "We're Going to Eat You" is a remote village of cannibals -- fed by a group of Leatherface indebted butchers -- it's strangely fitting.
Frankly speaking, this is not a recommendable film unless you are a big fan of Hong Kong movie. Hark Tsui's 2nd feature filmed when he was 30. It's a kungfu action film with an eccentric and absurd plot that a cop fights with cannibals in a rural village. There are a lot of grotesque scenes, and the characters are all crazy. It's featuring the two action stars of 70s and 80s - Norman Chu and Eddy Ko. Screenplay is by Hark himself and Roy Szeto, who now is a big writer, and this is his debut as a writer. Kungfu movements, designed by later a famous director Corey Yuen who directs "Transporter" in Hollywood, are great and fun to watch, although it is a little bit lengthy. This film is important to analyze Tsui Hark as a film auteur, because so many elements of his later films are already used in this film, such as fancy camera angles, original use of music like music for Chinese traditional opera, unique sense of humour, quick cutting, scenes of vomitting, the story evolution which changes again and again, etc.
Crazy action-comedy-horror from Hong Kong about a village full of cannibals who trap and butcher travellers to satisfy their cravings for human flesh. A bizarre mix of cannibalism, kung-fu and slapstick humour with each of these elements having varied success. There's a bit of gore but not enough for my liking. The fight scenes are decent enough but lack the fast-paced excitement of a Jet Li or Jackie Chan flick. It's funny at times but no real laugh out loud moments. A good fun and unique film overall, check it out.
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