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Ren tou dou fu tang (2001)

THERE IS A SECRET IN MY SOUP opens at the scene of the crime and then progresses to the police station, with the officer in charge of the investigation (Michael Wong) questioning the ... See full summary »

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Maggie Chan
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THERE IS A SECRET IN MY SOUP opens at the scene of the crime and then progresses to the police station, with the officer in charge of the investigation (Michael Wong) questioning the various parties involved. This provides the necessary lead-in to the flashback structure these films invariably adopt. Abused by her husband, Maggie Chan (Cherry Chan) moves out and into an apartment shared by Pat (Angela Tong) and her spouse Rocky, (Hugo Ng). Maggie begins working as a prostitute for the latter but eventually steals some money and Rocky's fancy lighter, prompting the pimp to send psychotic debt collector Joe (Gabriel Harrison / Hoi Chun-kit) after her. Maggie gave the cash to her sickly grandmother, so Rocky demands that she continue to work as one of his girls and pay him $HK20,000 in four installments. She runs away again, however, and Pat is unable to stand up for her this time. Rocky, Joe, and their buddy Fei then takes turns abusing Maggie in increasingly horrific ways. Written by IvanWong

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Check this out, exploitation fans!
6 July 2002 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This film is based VERY closely to real events in a homicide that took place in Hong Kong the year before the film came out. The mermaid Hello-kitty in the film, that the killers store the victims skull in after they've finished torturing her and cutting up her corpse, is identical to the mermaid Hello-kitty doll that the real killers used in the exact same way. (Note: In the non-theatrical versions of the film *dvd, vcd*, Sanrio demanded that the film makers digitally fog the doll. This aspect makes the film even more strange!)

This is a disturbing film and a very memorable experience, that is all the more insane and outrageous when you take into account that it actually happened.

Another film, "HUMAN PORKCHOP" was made around the same time, and is based on the same case, although it takes a few more liberties with the story.


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