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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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Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Horror

Certificate:

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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

[last lines]
Narrator: Although prima facie was enough to sue Wong Chi Hang for murdering Cheng Lam's family, the Macau cops couldn't sue him successfully because he had a strong attempt to commit suicide. He prefered killing himself that being judged. The file of the tragedy of Pat Sin Restaurant has been forced to be closed.
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Alternate Versions

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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A disturbing, powerful and chilling account of a killer
11 December 1999 | by AfraciousSee all my reviews

The film begins in Hong Kong with a graphic pyro scene and then moves to Macau and the discovery of body parts on a beach by police. Anthony Wong gives a committed, chilling and powerful performance as the lead which won him a Hong Kong film Best Actor award. He plays a man who runs the Eight Immortals restaurant where the previous owner's family mysteriously disappeared, and it turns out the barbecue meat buns he makes contain an unusual ingredient. The police on the demented owner's trail are lead by the captain, Danny Lee, and several others who behave in a frivolous way towards each other. Some of the scenes between them are amusing. But it is Wong's character that stays with us long after the credits. The scene where the Untold Story is told near the end is extremely distressing and definitely not for the squeamish and faint hearted. But this film is a very powerful account of a remorseless killer with a great central acting performance.


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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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