Wednesday, May 13, 2009

The Untold Story (1993) aka Baat sin faan di m ji yan yuk cha siu baau aka Bunman: The Untold Story

4 / 5

Tagline: N/A
Directed By: Danny Lee, Herman Yau
Written By: Law Kam Fai
Actors Include: Emily Kwan, Danny Lee, Julie Lee
Genre: Horror
Length: 96 minutes
Banned: Singapore, Norway
Country: Hong Kong

Perhaps if I'd watched Yau's "Ebola Syndrome" second, I wouldn't have been a bit disappointed with this tale, but it simply doesn't measure up. If I stop comparing then it's definitely it's a cute little film on it's own. It's in Cantonese and the version I watched was dubbed in English. The dubbing folks really dropped the ball on this one though because they used white text which sure is fine unless every scene has a white table cloth, white piece of paper or something white in the way so you can't read them at all. Okay now that I've gotten that off of my chest, let's get on to the gruesome fun. This is a disturbing picture, even having seen Ebola this has something in it which makes this far creepier, and less funny. This one is about a guy who butchers a restaurant owner and pretends he's legitly taken over his shop. He then brutally kills everyone in their family (repulsively) and serves them up to customers. What didn't work for me was the stupid banter between the bumbling Police people, I know the movie needed to take up time but sheesh. Anything that isn't exciting is pretty dull which is why I don't think this is as good as "Ebola". This is still worth watching, it's pretty horrifying in places but they really did need to either make it a serious film and be totally insanely disturbing or go the comedy excess route the entire way. The way this went together only kind of worked, but when this film was on, it was wayyyy on. Proceed with caution!

Availability:  On DVD

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