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八仙飯店之人肉叉燒飽 (1993)
The Untold Story

Reviewed by: Chungking_Cash
Date: 02/21/2007

Only in Hong Kong would a screenwriter ever risk adding comic relief to a true crime film as grizzly as "The Untold Story" but leave it to Category III peddler Herman Yau to lead a womanizing detective and his randy Keystone Cops contemporaries in search of a serial killer whose handy work (or what's left of it) has recently washed ashore in Macau. The sequences involving Anthony Wong raping and murdering are unrelenting, without bias, and as such are too revolting to look at. Yet "The Untold Story" works even when two genres battle for possession of the film's soul.

Reviewer Score: 7

Reviewed by: j.crawford
Date: 10/10/2006
Summary: creepy and disturbing

There was no movie like it before and there hasn't been a film quite like it since Herman Yau's The Untold Story appeared in 1993. Anthony Wong Chau-Sang is just amazing; it's no wonder he won the Best Actor award from the HKFA. His performance even makes Danny Lee Sau-Yin do a little acting here. Genuinely creepy and disturbing images cause uneasy laughter among squeamish viewers. This film is a hoot. Don't miss it.

Reviewer Score: 9

Reviewed by: mrblue
Date: 09/27/2005

Based on true events, The Untold Story is the blood-soaked saga of Wong Chi Hang (played by Wong) who became notorious after killing people and then chopping them up to be served as pork buns. Lee plays the leader of a bunch of bumbling, perpeptually horny cops who stumble onto Wong's trail of death after finding a bag of human body parts on the seashore.

One of the true classics of Hong Kong's infamous Category III (ultra sexy and violent) movies, The Untold Story is an unflinching look inside the mind of a demented serial killer. The film opens with a vicious beating and murder and escalates from there. Untold, while holding true to many classic elements of exploitation movies, goes much farther than Western films would ever dare. I've seen many exploitation films from all over the world, and none of them even come close to The Untold Story's reckless abandon. There is something in this film to offend practically anyone -- and if you aren't offended by some of the imagery (which includes rape with chopsticks and dismemberment of children) then there must be something seriously wrong with you.

Don't get me wrong -- I'm not passing moral judgement on the movie (I'll save that for right-wingers with nothing better to do). Despite some weak, muddy cinematography and useless comic relief from the cops, The Untold Story is quite well done for the genre. Some of the sequences are repulsive, but at the same time somewhat exhilirating, in that someone actually had the balls to put these kind of sick ideas to celluoid. If Yau set out to push people's buttons, he certainly did his job here. The Untold Story makes Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer look like Mr. Roger's Neighborhood. A heavy dose of gore coupled with a great performance by psycho actor Anthony Wong (he actually won the Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actor for the role) makes this movie stand out in a sea of weak horror movies.

[review from www.hkfilm.net]

Reviewed by: Arshadnm6
Date: 04/08/2005
Summary: Hard Core Gore with little Plot or Twists!!

A good entertaining movie, with perhaps some over-the-top acting from Anthony Wong and Danny Lee (whom you might recognise from his younger days, acting along side Chow Yun Fat, in the critically acclaimed ‘The Killer’). Anthony Wong gets most of the screen time in this movie, which is ironic, since he the supposedly the lunatic bad guy chopping up all those innocent people whom seem to get in the way of his path of success in the world of restaurant ownership. Anyway the movie starts of with Anthony Wong getting into an argument with the restaurant owner about being blamed for cheating in a Mah-jong Game, which escalates into Anthony Wong hitting the owner with a chair. The owner reaches for a butchers knife to defend him self and ends up getting stabbed with it himself, by you know who. To cover up the murder Anthony Wong decides to savagely kill his entire family (who at the time of the killing, were all sitting quietly upstairs with little regard of what was happening downstairs), by the only way he knows how. He literally chops all their limbs off, including the heads and uses the meat to bake some type of Meat Pies. The Meat Pies, which you can probably guess, are served to all the customers at the restaurant, as well as the Police Officers sent in to investigate the strange disappearance of the previous owner of the shop and his family.

For Anthony Wong this is a very dark movie, where he does an excellent job of portraying a Serial Killer / Lunatic Madman, with little regard to how many people he kills. The movie develops at a gradual pace, without giving the viewer too much of the plot straight away. For instance Danny Lee is the inspector in-charge of investigating the family disappearance, along side his team of misfits (among them Emily Kwan), but in the beginning appears to be a lousy cop whom rather hang around with a hooker all-day than actually bother to solve any real cases. Latter in the movie Danny Lee becomes a sort of rigid, hard-boiled cop, hell-bent on arresting Anthony Wong and proving that he was the person responsible for the disappearance of all those innocent people.

This movie is not for the weak-hearted as the movie has a lot of gory scenes, with a hint of nudity (but nothing too revealing), and sometimes you do feel the need to fast forward the blood infested scenes, with human limbs being sliced and diced. This movie doesn’t really hold anything back and I would recommend this movie to any one whom is accustomed to Category 3 Movies, such as ‘Dr. Lamb’ or even ‘Human Pork Chop’. Overall good movie, but clearly a B-Class film, with little to offer in regards to a plot or any form of brain tingling sensation for that matter.

Overall Rating: 6.9/10

Reviewed by: SUPERCOP
Date: 12/27/1999
Summary: Not for the squeamish.....

Anthony Wong Chau-sang bagged the best actor trophy at the 1993 Hong Kong Film Awards for his relentlessly brutal portrayal of a sadistic murderer in this masterwork from noted director Herman Yau Lai-to. Here, Wong stars as an ill-tempered restaurant chef linked to the true life murders of an entire family, while Danny Lee and co. ham it up as the incompetent police force investigating the case. Although some of the controversy surrounding this film was directed towards it's no-holds-barred approach to it's graphic and brutal depictions of violence, the film received notoriety for the methods in which the killer disposed of the victims meat (baking them into char siu bo, Chinese pork buns). A shocking, but intellegent piece of filmmaking that is definitely not for the squeamish.

Reviewer Score: 9

Reviewed by: hkcinema
Date: 12/21/1999

August 1985. A mutilated corpse is found on the beach of Macao. Apolice investigation uncovers the mysterious disappearance of the entire family of the Eight Fairies Restaurant. Based on a shocking and horrifying true story.

[Reviewed by Tai Seng Catalog]

Reviewed by: leh
Date: 12/09/1999

The film that started the "true crime"-craze, a genre where you dig up some suitably grisly murder case, recreate it in loving detail, and show how the police torture the killer until he confesses. Alternatively, you can have lots of court-room scenes where a jury tries to decide whether the killer is guilty or not, which is a good excuse to show the murders several times from different angels. This one has Wong playing a restaurant chef who makes very special dumplings - he uses the meat of people he dislikes! Lee plays the head of the apparently quite incompetent Macau police department (they even eat the dumplings at one point!) After lots of bumbling around, Lee and his boys (and girl) capture Wong and subject him to torture until he confesses. It's a good horror movie, but it's extremely violent. Anthony Wong won an Asian movie award for his impressive portrayal of the most unpleasant chef in movie history.

Reviewed by: hkcinema
Date: 12/08/1999

Based on the true story of a Macau restaurateur who disposed of his murder victims by grinding their flesh for meat-bun stuffing. This intensely horrific film caused an outcry when it debuted in Hong Kong last year, and also earned lead actor Anthony Wong the HK equivalent of the Best Actor Oscar.

[Reviewed by Anonymous]