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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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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 »

Connections

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

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One of the most disturbing movies I've seen
28 July 1999 | by TavisonSee all my reviews

My wife and I saw this movie recently, and I am still creeped out by it. To put this in perspective, we watch movies like Henry Portrait of a serial killer, and Thief, Cook, Wife and Her Lover all the time. None of those movies had the same impact on me as this one. I don't know if it is knowing this was a true story, or the intensity of the killers acting, but this movie draws you into the story and makes you watch as a helpless bystander.

I think the best thing the movie does is show how homicidal maniacs have Jeckle/Hide personalities. The movie never paints the killer with the same broad strokes it unfortunately paints the rest of the cast. There are scenes where I found myself feeling sorry for him, times where he looked like people I know, and times where I could almost like him. The police aren't painted as the heros in the white hats either. Most of them are less likeable than the killer. The whole movie has the feeling like your quiet uncle Joey just murdered your whole family right in front of you.

We did watch the un-cut not rated version, so I don't know what the theatrical release is like.


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Hong Kong

Language:

English | Cantonese

Release Date:

13 May 1993 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

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