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Wu gong zhou (1982)

A crazed evil wizard uses his powers to take revenge on beautiful women by making them vomit up live centipedes, which then proceed to eat their victims.


Keith Li


Suet Ming Chan


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Credited cast:
Tien-Lang Li ... Yeuk-Chee (as Margaret A. Li)
Kiu Wai Miu ... Pak Kai-Lum
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hussein Abu Hassan Hussein Abu Hassan
Chu-kwong Chan Chu-kwong Chan
F.C. Chan F.C. Chan
Lai Fun Chan Lai Fun Chan
Suet Ming Chan Suet Ming Chan
Chok Chow Cheung
Szu-Ying Chien
Li-Fen Han Li-Fen Han
Hui Hsia Hui Hsia
Stephen T.F. Lau Stephen T.F. Lau
Ching-Mei Lee
Ching-mei Li Ching-mei Li
Chi Ling Chi Ling


A crazed evil wizard uses his powers to take revenge on beautiful women by making them vomit up live centipedes, which then proceed to eat their victims.

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Hong Kong



Release Date:

29 October 1982 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Centipede Curse See more »

Filming Locations:

Singapore See more »

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1.85 : 1
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Underground legend Keith Li's dark masterpiece
3 October 2007 | by thitherSee all my reviews

Keith Li is still not a familiar name to many except gore hounds specializing in SE Asian horror, but those in the know will agree that he reached his pinnacle with this disturbing, uncompromising gem of cinema; his only extant subsequent films seem pale and incomplete when compared to the bleak vision of Centipede Sorcerer.

Other commenters here have already noted many of the unforgettable features of this film: Darma Yang's startling cinematography, the strong religious and existential subtext, and of course the sheer barking madness of what actually occurs during the film. To this I'll only add that Li displays an absolute mastery of tone here; apart from a slow section in the first part of the movie, it stays extremely, horribly consistent throughout, with a mood that builds like the slow realization of some terrible idea from a suspicion to full-blown awareness.

As another poster noted, seeing this will be a real shocker for fans of Din Long Lee. It's truly a one-of-a-kind performance, but I can't help but think that the very fact that she was involved in a production like Centipede Sorcerer had something to do with her career never really taking off with more mainstream audiences.

It's a testament to Li's weird genius that he ends his film with a tip of the cap to Truffaut's 400 Blows. Days after I've seen it, the haunting final score still lingers in my memory. This is certainly not a movie I can recommend to everyone, but it left an indelible mark on me for sure.

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