Sunday, August 23, 2009

The Boxer's Omen (1983) aka Mo

3.5 / 5 Aug '09
Tagline: N/A
Directed by: Chih-Hung Kuei
Written by: Chih-Hung Kuei, On Szeto
Actors include: Somjai Boomsong, Tien-chu Chin, Phillip Ko
Genre: Horror
Length: 105 minutes
Banned: Nope
Country: Hong Kong

Very surreal, yet extremely cheap and gross out boxing revenge movie. I would be lying if I said I wasn't intrigued by this most of the way through, although I kept hoping for some extra explanations for what was going on. What I made out of this was that a Boxer got in trouble for breaking a Man's back during a competition and therefore wasn't allowed to box anymore. The guy who he injured has a brother who has vowed revenge. Our disgraced Boxer joins the Monkhood and learns some super meditative powers to fight the dark wizard and his creations and the brother. The dark wizard conjures up some magical alligator skulls for yapping, bat bones (made from chicken bones me thinks) that fly about and other bizarre things one wouldn't expect (oh and the vomiting of a live eel ewww). You can tell it's trying really hard to be colorful and surreal, but the cheapness of everything makes it more laughable than "deep". Especially where you get into scenes with a giant red devil character. It's something that really must be seen but it's just a shame it wasn't made a little more professionally because it had potential to be creepy instead of just gross and weird.

Availability:  On DVD

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