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Well now, I'm just not too sure what to make of this movie. It's another Oriental "Body Horror" flick and it's aim is to inflict as much harm pain as possible to the victim of the movie, as well as the viewer. I must say that I do really love the name of it but watching it is a totally different animal altogether. I suppose if you're into seeing a group of some really unlikable people (let's do this in degrees) mistreat, humiliate, degrade, torment, hurt, torture, and mutilate another human being for a hour and a half, then this just might be your cup of tea. It wasn't mine. And the toilet scene was almost enough to send me spewing chunks my damn self. That was super nasty! It's something I can NEVER "un-see" and really made me wonder why I ever wanted to watch this filthy mess to begin with. Those horrid scenes of feces eating lingered in my mind long after the film had actually ended. They say that this film is based on a true crime event in Asian history so that makes it even worse and just goes to show you how wickedly perverse and evil some people can really be. And that, my friends, might be the greatest horror of them all.
HUMAN PORK CHOP isn't as graphically "shocking" as it is just plain dirty. The whole production has a grimy feel to it that actually adds to the atmosphere of the film. HUMAN PORK CHOP isn't a bad film by any means, the acting is decent, the storyline is relatively coherent, and I feel that the film does what it was intended to do to the viewer psychologically. The film tells the story of a prostitute who is severely punished for stealing from her pimp. The story is told in flash-back fashion, after the pimp and his crew are arrested for her murder. The next 90 minutes is spent showing the systematic beating, degradation, and humiliation of the hooker. The sex and violence in HUMAN PORK CHOP is decidedly understated compared to many other Cat III shockers. There is very little gore until the end (and even the "hooker-dismemberment" scene to which I refer is nothing to write home about)and no nudity to speak of. Why does this film work at all then? I think it has to do with the fact that #1 - the film is played very straight-faced, without the usual humor that you see in a lot of Cat III films that is typically used to lighten the tension of otherwise harsh subject matter and visuals. #2 - The constant barrage of violence, mean-spirited "teasing", and downright abuse - although not particularly "gory" - eventually start to wear on the viewer, allowing you to actually sympathize with the plight and desperation of the hooker, and make for a very bleak, hopeless experience. All this considered, obviously this is not the "feel-good movie of the week". It is a dark, depressing look at the last weeks of a human who had no real life to speak of anyway. There are a few scenes that are relatively cringe worthy (dog bashing, forced feces eating, and the final displacement of the hooker come to mind...) but none of these scenes on their own will cause any of the more jaded viewers any loss of sleep. Casual film-goers might as well leave this one alone...you are not ready for it. All-in-all, a decent film that will stay with you for a while. If you can handle this, see also THE UNTOLD STORY, RED TO KILL, EBOLA SYNDROME and some of the other more popular CAT III titles...you'll be pleasantly surprised. 7/10 for HUMAN PORK CHOP
This grim crime thriller is one of the better Category-3-shockers from
Kong in recent years - but it's also extremely hard to watch sometimes.
film tells the story of a young woman whose body is found dismembered.
that opening, it tells the story how the poor woman ended up that way. And
it's really not easy to get through the pain she has to suffer. Reminding
that it's not really her fault to be in a never ending nightmare makes the
whole thing even harder to endure for the audience. The woman gets
humiliated by thugs in the most despicable ways, and nobody is around to
help her out of her misery.
Even though the torture of the girl is shown in a graphic, barely watchable manner, it never really exploits the maltreatments, which saves the film from being just misogynist piece of junk. Because the film manages to make the viewer care for the woman, it even becomes a tragic story. All in all, the movie is an extremely unpleasant experience - people who are easily offended should not watch this film - but it surely is a startling, catching and in a subvert way even touching experience. Rating: 7 out of 10.
"Human Pork Chop" is based on infamous HK crime case called 'Hello Kitty Murder'.In 1999 three triad gangsters kidnapped,brutally tortured and beat a 23-year old woman named Fan Man-yee for one month until she died.Then they dismembered and cooked the body,threw most of it out with the trash,fed legs and arms to stray dogs and hid the skull inside the head of a giant-sized Hello Kitty doll."Human Pork Chop" tells the story of a young woman,who steals money and can't repay her loan.She is captured,tortured and degraded by her pimp and his crew,then killed and dismembered.Anyway,this HK sickie is among the nastiest,most sadistic and repugnant examples of the Category III genre.This filthy film is downright unpleasant and deeply nihilistic,so be prepared.Pretty much everything here is ugly and rotten.Still "Human Pork Chop" is a rather successful portrayal of that infamous HK crime case.8 out of 10.Not for the easily offended.
A drug-addled ho stupidly decides to steal money from a local criminal,
but ends up regretting her decision when she is taken prisoner by his
lackeys and subjected to three weeks of torture and degradation.
Finally, after having been beaten, burnt, and forced to eat turds from
a toilet bowl, the silly cow overdoses on some dodgy drugs, leaving her
abusers the nasty task of dismembering and disposing of her body.
Based on a true life crime known as the Hello Kitty Murder, Human Pork Chop is a relentlessly bleak, mean-spirited tale that features non-stop scenes of torture and violence, and yet somehow manages to be extremely tedious and not at all deserving of its reputation as a gruelling shocker.
The problem is that, although the subject matter is perfect for exploitation, it is treated in a very dreary and lifeless fashion: there is next to no gore (bar a few dodgy prosthetic limbs at the end); no nudity (what's a Cat III film without the nudity?); and the scenes of suffering are so long, drawn out, and monotonous that they completely negate the film's ability to shock.
Very occasionally, director Benny Chan throws in something capable of raising an eyebrow (or a smile)the severed head stored alongside the beers in the fridge is quite chilling, and the dog-bashing scene is fairly amusingbut for the most part, the film is nowhere near as hard-to-handle as I had heard.
For a genuinely unsettling Category III experience, check out The Untold Story; it is everything that Human Pork Chop would dearly love to be.
Although Human Pork Chop was made after the Hong Kong handover and hence is far from the full bore explicit grim-fest that it could have been, its still a pretty rough and despair filled experience and hence somewhat satisfying in an unpleasant kind of way. Some reviews here do overstate its punch a little, but for those in the mood for protracted degradation and utter hopelessness this is worth at least a one time watch. The story tells of a young lady in poverty, who tries to make money through prostitution but in the end unwisely steals from her pimp. Once he and his cronies get hold of her, her fate is sealed and the film homes in on her suffering and eventual sad death. Its far from happy stuff and made all the nastier by the fact that it is based on a true story. Admirably the film doesn't try to paint the unfortunate Grace Li as any kind of a saint or even an especially likable or dynamic person, just a downbeat, broken from the beginning type who its hard to feel much strongly about. Thus when the abuse begins it becomes all the more effectively chilling because of the neutral, manipulation free portrayal of Grace. In terms of the bad stuff that goes down there is next to no gore or nudity, but plenty of teasing, beating, confinement and generalised ill treatment, with a notable but not terribly well executed stomach churner of a scene involving a toilet and a simple but wince making use of a molten drinking straw the ghastly highlights. Mostly the film is more about straightforward, unsensational needless cruelty, the more exploitative or conventionally horror oriented moments are less effective than the cold inhumanity on display. The sadistic villains of the piece are mundane, not very interesting, which works in the films favor, these are routine thugs and so their escalating vile behaviour is unexpected and disturbing. Things aren't all successful in the film though, there is a lack of focus and a meandering pace outside of the torments of Grace and the film could have done with some judicious tightening up. The police investigating events and carrying out interrogations are never interesting, also the backgrounding of Grace is a bit humdrum and the film takes some time to really get in gear. Plus there are some shocks in the last ten minutes or so that jar with the rest of the film, attempting to scare in a more traditional way they are simply out of place. Still, evident problems aside this did the trick as a scummy and mean spirited work for me, uncomfortable and nasty stuff pulled along by a stellar central performance from Emily Kwan as the ill fated Grace. Altogether then, not one of the best Category 3 films, but worth a pop for fans of the genre and anyone interested in the sorts of films to leave you sadly despairing of cruelty of the human race.
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Despite an uncharacteristic long stretch without nudity or gore, Human
Pork Chop is a highly respectable and powerful Cat III shocker that
dredges the depths of on screen inhumanity and abuse.
A thieving heroin addicted hooker in Hong Kong takes up residence with a cutthroat pimp and ends up on his bad side. Owing the guy money, his low-life underlings beat her up and drag her to the pimp's house where she is to spend the rest of her miserable life. Sexually abused, humiliated, and forced to torture herself for heroin and food while the gang parties, drinks, and does drugs in front of her constantly using her for their occasional sick amusement. The pimp's wife, initially chilly to the girl, attempts to befriend her but tragically fails to act in time to save her life.
The performances in this one are all above average. The sick pathos of the gangsters, especially their cruel leader, coupled with the victim's sincerely nauseating plight and her utter hopelessness will make this one a hard film to sit through for some people. Especially nasty is a scene where the captive girl is forced to eat feces out of a toilet that won't flush. I have seen plenty of films--many worse than this--but not many really know how to twist the screws in you like this one does. Highly recommended--9/10.
I found the movie way over hyped. It tried to play both sides of the fence and thus , makes it own downfall. In one minute the film sets itself up for gratious sleaze and then has the audacity to imply rather than exploit, resulting in dissapointed for both viewers who want a gore fest and the others who want a non gratious story. No where near in the same league as THE UNTOLD STORY. This is not a bad waste of time but don't expect anything in the shape of a classic.
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If you think Category III means close-up vivisection of young naked
women, then you'll probably be disappointed, because that's not what
this movie is about.
Based on a true story, this film effectively captures the banality of criminal evil. Emily Kwan plays the role of Grace, a drug addict and prostitute who steals money from a pimp, is pursued, beaten, held captive, and tortured and humiliated for weeks, before finally being killed in a manner that's as stupid and pointless as her life.
Some reviewers complain that this movie is tedious, and the characters aren't interesting. Personally, I find it refreshing to see a film that accurately shows the stupidity and shallowness of human cruelty, rather than glamorizing it as some form of creative art. No, the characters aren't deep and subtle, with little background to explain their situations, but that's what makes the story believable. The characters are pretty much all unlikeable, dishonest, and shallow, which is as it should be, since they're a bunch of thugs.
I found them to be remarkably realistic portrayals of sociopathic criminals. Casually sadistic, mundanely cruel. Not twisted maniacs with hidden laboratories full of elaborate torture technology, just a bunch of druggies incapable of compassion looking to alleviate their boredom. Their lives are dismal, and the chance to exert power over someone weaker than themselves serves as entertainment.
Emily Kwan does a wonderful job of portraying Grace, the sly, manipulative prostitute and heroin addict who is willing to put up with terrible abuse in return for an opportunity to get high one more time. She is selfish but thoughtless, always trying to avoid responsibility, but never considering the long term consequences of her actions. She lives in a constant state of denial. Even after being tortured, she still looks for acceptance from her abusers, forgetting everything they do to her in the pathetic hope that they will accept her enough to give her another ride on the dragon.
Grace isn't too dumb to understand her plight, she's too addicted to care. Her shrill voice grates and annoys, and her behavior will probably seem inexplicable to those who have never been exposed to the real effects of serious addiction. She captures the emotional poverty and desperation of addiction far more realistically than Hollywood's glamorized depictions. She's hopeless almost from the beginning, and while the specific incidents that led to her death could perhaps have gone differently, her ultimate fate seems inevitable.
Most of the acting is not spectacular, though Yiu-Cheung Lai is effective as the husband/father/sociopathic pimp. But overall it's worthwhile if you're interested in the darker side of the human experience.
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Based on the "Hello Kitty" murder, just like THERE IS A SECRET IN MY SOUP, and in fact in addition to sharing details about the crime in question, even share the same plot device of opening the film with the police investigation, then telling the story of the woman who steals money and cannot repay her loan in flashback. Eventually her skull gets stuck in an Hello Kitty doll, but to get there we first have to sit through a lot of sitting around in a dingy apartment taking drugs, eating instant noodle, and brutal beating until death and dismemberment. Although it seemed to have a better cast (no Michael Wong, for one thing), it isn't nearly as good as its competition.
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