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Dangerous Encounters of the First Kind (1980)

Di yi lei xing wei xian (original title)
Three lazybones friends manufacture a firebomb and place it in a cinema. Pearl, a sadistic young girl, has observed the scene, follows the bombers and starts to manipulate them. The four criminals plan more and more daring acts.

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Hark Tsui
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Cast

Credited cast:
Lieh Lo ... Tan
Chen Chi Lin ... Pearl
Albert Au Albert Au ... Paul
Tin Sang Lung ... Lung
Paul Che ... Ko (as Biu Law Che)
Ray Lui ... Inspector Lui
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bruce Baron Bruce Baron ... Bruce
Kwok-Ming Cheung Kwok-Ming Cheung ... Interpol Officer
Man Ching Chong Man Ching Chong ... Social Worker
Shing-Choi Chu Shing-Choi Chu ... Paul's Mother
Lee Chun-Wa ... Former Mr. Hong Kong
Richard Da Silva Richard Da Silva ... Uncle Hark
Xiaoyu Deng Xiaoyu Deng ... Interpol Officer
Nigel Falgate Nigel Falgate ... Nigel
Ping Fong ... Woman at Identification parade
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Three lazybones friends manufacture a firebomb and place it in a cinema. Pearl, a sadistic young girl, has observed the scene, follows the bombers and starts to manipulate them. The four criminals plan more and more daring acts.

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It started as a joyride; the terror never ended...

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Action | Crime | Thriller

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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese

Release Date:

4 December 1980 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Dangerous Encounters of the First Kind See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Alternate Versions

Tsui Hark's original version was banned by Hong Kong censors. Several subplots had to be removed (in the original, the three teenagers plant self-built bombs in public places for the fun of it) and scenes were re-shot. The DVD-release by HK Video in France includes both the original and the modified version. See more »

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Referenced in Der Todesking: The Death King (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Voyager
(uncredited)
Written by Alan Parsons and Eric Woolfson
Performed by The Alan Parsons Project
From the album "Pyramid"
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Searing political thriller
8 July 2015 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

DANGEROUS ENCOUNTERS OF THE FIRST KIND is a searing political thriller and an unforgettable debut from first-time director Tsui Hark. The storyline follows a fan of amateur anarchists who decide to terrorise Hong Kong by setting off home-made bombs in various places such as a cinema. Their fortunes take a turn for the worse when they meet up with a young girl who proves to be even more of a maniac than they are, and when they steal a wad of Japanese cash their adventures turn deadly.

Be warned: I would have given this film a higher rating if it wasn't for the real-life animal cruelty that plagues the production. In order to show us that the protagonist is a psychopath, Hark has her committing real-life cruelty by torturing mice with pins. These are horrible scenes and a bit with a cat, although less realistic, is equally disturbing.

Otherwise, the film itself is fine: a slow start, plenty of tension, building to a breathtaking all-out climax set in a hillside cemetery. The cast give effective performances, particularly seasoned pro Lo Lieh, thankfully not cast as a bad guy for once but instead the cop brother of the main character. Scenes of the main characters going on bombing rampage were censored by nervous distributors but they remain the most interesting part of the production. Watch out for the soundtrack, which borrows heavily from the likes of Jean-Michel Jarre and the music from DAWN OF THE DEAD.


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