Daughter of Darkness II (1994)
Reviewed by: STSH on 2001-02-02
Summary: Very gory
A bloodthirsty little revenge thriller indeed. The story is neatly split into two parts. Part one is a very silly low-brow comedy, where the men in a village are tested to rule them in or out of suspicion of the brutal murder of an entire family. Then Cheng Yim Lai steps into the room and tells here story, whereupon the tale shifts to sex, nudity, grimness and extreme cruelty and violence.

I'm trying to make clear that this film is not for everyone. If you don't like slashers, stay away ! But if you can stand 'em, and you like lots of nudity with your gore, then I recommend this film.

Previously published:
Without the benefit(?) of seeing the prequel, I was a bit lost as to where this story was going. An hour into the story, and I was totally lost. Starts out with a mainland police sergeant (played as a sort of cut-rate Stephen Chow) thinking he'd finally be in line for a promotion, when an entire family is brutally murdered in his precinct. This part of the story is played for laughs, and bad taste is writ large. Finding one of the victims had sex before dying, the cop assembles the town's male population, to give their sperm (for identification), in an unbearably long and hysterical (but not funny) scene.

The sergeant steals records from the local doctor, and gets his first good lead on the case. He goes to the cemetery, where he finally confronts the title character, nearly half-way through the film. The "Daughter" then tells her sad story to the cop, in a series of VERY long flashbacks. There's impotence, arranged adultery, blackmail, organized rape, pregnancy, veneral disease, DIY abortion (don't watch if you're squeamish), murder and, at last, a revenge which Jason of Friday The 13th would be proud.

Cat III seems barely adequate to cover this movie. If it were made in America, it would surely be refused classification. Overall, this is like two films jammed end to end, slightly overlapping. One very silly and rather black comedy, the other a serious gore-fest. Trouble is, the comedy comes first and, although the gore half is as violent as only the Chinese can manage, it's hard not to keep laughing.
Reviewer Score: 7