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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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Comedy | Crime | Horror

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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

When Wong Chi Hang kills the first child, you can see that the cleaver travels through the child (positioned on the right side of the scene) and the blood splatter spurts on Wongs face directly from the underside, nowhere near where the child was positioned earlier. See more »

Quotes

[after realizing that Wong used human flesh to make the pork buns]
Officer Lee: I'm glad I didn't have any of those.
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Alternate Versions

Tai Seng English market video contains footage removed by Hong Kong censors. See more »

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Remade as San yan yuk cha siu bau (2003) See more »

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Good Chinese horror film.
27 December 1999 | by FATLOSERSee all my reviews

Anthony Wong displays some good acting chops in this story-based on real events that took place in Macau back in the early eighties. One scene in particular showing the murder and rape of a young woman is the most disturbing I've seen since R. Kern's "Fingered". Overall the film is good but it is hampered greatly in the scenes depicting bonding between the detective squad chasing down the killer. Here, the screenwriter seems to be attempting to soften the story with silly comic relief and this clashes totally with the tone of the picture. Aside from the scenes in the precinct, the movie works well and it's worth a look. A word of caution, Chinese films aren't usually known for being subtle and with this subject matter it makes for some taboo breaking on-screen violence. It's not as good as "Henry:Portrait of a Serial Killer" but it is quite powerful.


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