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Human Lanterns (1982)

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

Director:

Chung Sun

Writers:

Kuang Ni (as Kuang I), Chung Sun
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Cast

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 ... (Guest star)
Susan Yam-Yam Shaw ... (Guest star) (as Yin Yin Shaw)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Erik Ka-Kei Chan Erik Ka-Kei Chan ... 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 Kung-Fu masters against each other while designing special lanterns from a disturbing source.

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Horror | Action

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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

14 July 1982 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Human Skin Lanterns See more »

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Production Co:

Shaw Brothers See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The elements don't gel, and the skinning is in short supply
28 December 2005 | by fertilecelluloidSee all my reviews

Chung Sun, who directed, amongst many other films, the superb "The Sexy Killer" (see review), is unable to make the elements gel in "Human Lanterns" aka "Human Skin Lanterns". Personally, I have always loved the idea of using human skin to make lanterns, so this film was an eagerly awaited one by me. Unfortunately, there's too little skinning and too much martial arts in this. In fact, the skinning scenes (there are two), while well done, feel like they belong in a different movie altogether. This is a strange effort to make a martial arts fantasy and cross it with a Hammer-style horror plot. It doesn't work. That said, "Human Lanterns" is still a sumptuously photographed and designed period piece. The Shaw's certainly spent big on its sets, cast and special effects. It's a shame they didn't focus more on the horror promised in the title. Disappointing horror. Satisfactory period-fu epic.


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