Female police psychologist is targeted by a supernatural devil-worshiping serial killer who wants to prove to her that she's the Antichrist. A tough cop, his inept womanizing comic relief partner and a reverend try to stop him.
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Women born on the 6th June are being killed around Hong Kong. There is a lunatic on the loose. Ching, a police psychologist, looks to be the next victim. She is suffering from terrifying dreams involving the devil himself. All becomes clear when the killer is revealed as Satan's disciple, his body possessed, searching for the reincarnation of Satan's daughter on Earth. Written by
Ah Lun directed this Wong Jing produced action shocker Devil 666 aka Satan Returns, in 1996. The film stars the incredibly beautiful sweetheart Chingmy Yau, who played the lead part in Clarence Fok's classic erotic action film Naked Killer in 1992. Donnie Yuen plays a tough cop who is with his colleagues (Chingmy included) after a lunatic killer who calls himself Judas and thinks Chingmy is the daughter of the Devil himself. What follows is gun battles, many plot turns, one chainsaw at the end, the usual Hong Kong "humor", gore and different camera styles, but the main interest for the film makers was to make a film which would appeal to the same audience than The Silence of the Lambs (Jonathan Demme, 1990) and Se7en (David Fincher, 1995) did; Satan Returns is occasionally almost too obviously ripping these two Hollywood blockbusters off.
The film has some genuinely creepy scenes and segments, and the camera styles and drives are again very restless and also imaginable, and there's at least one hyper fast drive through an apartment and its stairs, so I can't say the film isn't visually at least LITTLE interesting. The plot is nonsense and the scenes and characters are too close to those of Lambs' and Se7en's and the characters in this Orient production even mention these two films couple of times!
The action is okay, but never "John Woo style" or near that as one writer requested. The gun battles are nothing special here as isn't anything else either. The rainy streets and dark settings could be gorgeous and effective, but since they've been taken straightly from Fincher's film, I cannot appreciate them in this film too much. There's also some bits of gore and fake blood, which looks occasionally very fake. This film is said to be rated CAT 3, but from what I know, that is NOT true and is only some distributor's "clever" effort to get people's attention due to the high rating. The violence isn't too strong, but it is the usual HK standard (i.e. some blood when people are shot and little gore and ripped hearts every now and then..) and what this film lacks unlike the real CAT 3 films, is the nudity and sex, which usually is the reason for high rating so there's no need to be gore and violence for film to get the "third" rating in Hong Kong.
Devil 666 aka Satan Returns gets 4/10 just because of the fact that it is more watchable than some/most of these films, and I'm glad there's not too much of the usual stupid humor, but what's left, should have been left out as well. The visuals are occasionally interesting, but since the film is never original or too personal, the 4 rating seems reasonable, but those who have seen many Hong Kong horror and action films should not keep their expectations too high. Still, it could be MUCH worse!
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