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The Eight Immortals Restaurant: The Untold Story (1993)

Bat sin fan dim: Yan yuk cha siu bau (original title)
Unrated | | Comedy, Crime, Horror | 13 May 1993 (Hong Kong)
Cops investigate a criminal running an unsuspecting restaurant, while trying to trace the steps back to how he ended up running it suddenly.

Directors:

Danny Lee, Herman Yau

Writers:

Kam-Fai Law, Wing-Kin Lau (co-writer)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Chau-Sang Wong ... Wong Chi Hang
Danny Lee ... Officer Lee
Emily Kwan ... Bo
Siu-Ming Lau ... Cheng Lam
Fui-On Shing ... Cheng Poon
Eric Kei ... Robert
King-Kong Lam ... King Kong
Parkman Wong ... Bull
James Jim-Si Ha ... Wong's Mahjong Buddy
Julie Lee Julie Lee ... Pearl
Tin-Dok Wong Tin-Dok Wong ... Hair Dresser
Chor-Fai Kwong ... Macau Policeman
Siu-Hung Leung ... Doctor
Si Man Hui ... Cheng Lam's Wife
Wai-Nam So ... Policeman
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Storyline

In 1978 in Hong Kong, a grisly murder takes place. Eight years later, on a Macao beach, kids discover the severed hands of a fresh victim. A squadron of coarse, happy-go-lucky cops investigate, and suspicion falls on Wong Chi Hang, the new owner of Eight Immortals Restaurant, which serves delicious pork bao. The hands belong to the missing mother of the restaurant's former owner; he and his family have disappeared; staff at the restaurant continue to go missing; and, Wong can't produce a signed bill of sale: but there's no evidence. The police arrest Wong and try to torture him into a confession. Can they make him talk? And what was in those pork bao? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

English | Cantonese

Release Date:

13 May 1993 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

The Eight Immortals Restaurant: The Untold Story See more »

Filming Locations:

Hong Kong, China See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Goofs

During the family massacre scene, one of the children is decapitated, but the "head" is clearly fake. First when it drops down from the table it looks a lot bigger and doesn't have colored eyes (they have the same skin-coloring effect). And secondly when we see the whole room, the head on the floor looks almost pale-white. It's really white actually, and that's weird because the family was "slightly dark" skinned. See more »

Quotes

Officer Lee: [while interrogating Wong, who has been drugged] You threw away the dismembered bodies as rubbish. How about the flesh?
Wong Chi Hang: [with an evil smile] It was used to make those buns. The ones in which they loved eating and didn't pay for.
[as Wong laughs evilly, Lee's fellow officers run to the hospital room sink and throw up]
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The recent Hong Kong DVD, released by City Connection, contains the same uncut version of the film that the Tai Seng release contains. See more »

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Good graphic little serial killer flick from Hong Kong.
11 April 2009 | by Boba_Fett1138See all my reviews

Even though Hong Kong movies are never as good looking or slick made as an Hollywood production, it produced a couple of great little movies. "Baat sin faan dim ji yan yuk cha siu baau" is simple one of those great movies, mostly because of its sick story.

Movies focusing on serial killers are often good and interesting ones to watch, especially when they are done as well as this one. The movie is not really made great by its directing, acting or writing but more due to its violence and graphic straight-forward approach.

The movie features a couple of pretty graphic and sick moments, that makes this movie stand out in its genre. It's one of those movies that got banned in numerous countries at the time of its release and is heavily cut in others. Not that it's the most shocking more around but the movie does have its moments that will make some people's stomach turn.

In the beginning the movie its storytelling doesn't feel balanced out well enough. On the one hand it focus on the movie its killer and on the other on the police investigators. The two don't always mix well and it feels a bit disjointed. This gets better as the movie progresses but it always still remains a problem of the movie. The movie also gets less great toward its ending, when its perhaps starting to drag a bit.

Because the movie picks a more light and comical approach at times, you're able to forgive the movie its rather cheap look and production values. Had the movie been done completely serious the movie would had probably been not as effective, although it of course also prevents this movie from being a classic movie within its genre.

Overall the movie remains a surprisingly good one, despite all of its obvious flaws and 'cheap' Hong Kong style of film-making.

8/10

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