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Human Lanterns (1982)

Ren pi deng long (original title)
A psychotic craftsman pits two rival samurai against each other while designing special lanterns from a disturbing source.

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Credited cast:
Tony Liu ...
Lung Shu-Ai (as Liu Yung)
Kuan Tai Chen ...
Tan Fu
Lieh Lo ...
Chao Chun-Fang
Ni Tien ...
Lung's Wife
Linda Chu ...
Yen Chu
Hsiu-Chun Lin ...
Tan Mei-mei
Meng Lo ...
Kuei Szu-Yi
Chien Sun ...
Sergeant Pan
Fei Ai ...
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Susan Yam-Yam Shaw ...
(Guest star) (as Yin Yin Shaw)
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Erik Chan Ka Kei ...
Tan's Fan squad
Chuen Chiang
Miao Ching
Ging Man Fung
Ping Ha ...
Brothel Madam
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A psychotic craftsman pits two rival samurai against each other while designing special lanterns from a disturbing source.

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Human Skin Lanterns  »

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10 July 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Hammer horror meets wuxia. It makes about as much sense tonally as it sounds. Storywise, it's a barely coherent morality play about pride and greed that comes across like an excuse to string together some swordplay, some reasonably nasty flaying scenes, and very pretty setpieces. It is a great looking movie, I have to admit--the use of lighting is otherworldly. Sun Chung was easily one of the best directors Shaw Bros ever had, but when he wasn't doing cookie cutter martial arts stuff, he was seriously wasted on misguided crap (let's face it) like this.

There's something really "off" about how simultaneously Asian and European this movie feels. My instincts tell me it's not supposed to exist. Dramatically it never really takes off, but it's interesting enough in the context of "what were they thinking?" curio.


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