13 user 18 critic

Wicked City (1992)

Yao shou du shi (original title)
Taki is assigned to go after Daishu, a businessman who is suspected by the police to be selling the drug "happiness", a drug from the Rapter's world that causes people to "evaporate" if ... See full summary »


Tai Kit Mak (as Peter Mak)


Hideyuki Kikuchi (novel), Roy Szeto | 1 more credit »

On Disc

at Amazon

2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »


Learn more

More Like This 

Wicked City (1987)
Animation | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Two agents - a lady-killer human and a voluptuous demon - attempt to protect a signatory to a peace ceremony between the human world and the "Black World" from radicalized demons.

Director: Yoshiaki Kawajiri
Stars: Yûsaku Yara, Toshiko Fujita, Ichirô Nagai
Action | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Legend has it that in a faraway place beyond the edge of the earth, there exists a broken-hearted man with infinite power. Abandoned by his loved ones, the inheritance of the old man's chi power becomes a battleground for evil outsiders.

Director: Andy Wing-Keung Chin
Stars: Brigitte Lin, Man Cheung, Li Gong
Getting Home (2007)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A black comedy about a farmer who tries to bring home the body of his friend, who died far from their town.

Director: Yang Zhang
Stars: Benshan Zhao, Qiwen Hong, Dandan Song
City of Glass (1998)
History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

While attending their respective parent's funeral in London, two strangers discover their parent's secret love affair spanning across three decades and two continents. (Chinese with English subtitles).

Director: Mabel Cheung
Stars: Leon Lai, Qi Shu, Nicola Cheung
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Kit is a gangster looking to start a new life as a chef in Canada, so he can be closer to his girlfriend. But in his struggle to learn the fine art of cuisine, he runs across a red-headed ... See full summary »

Director: Hark Tsui
Stars: Kenny Bee, Leslie Cheung, Siu Cheung
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Epic drama about China's first emperor (221 BC) who struggles to make his childhood best friend, now China's greatest composer, succumb to his will and compose a grand anthem to his ... See full summary »

Director: Xiaowen Zhou
Stars: Wen Jiang, You Ge, Qing Xu
Feng Shui (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

In the 1990 s, wuhan. In nearly 40 from salesman bao-li li, in the "million arrow wear heart" bridal chamber. ShuZhi blow it as followed, as predicted by her husband has an affair, ... See full summary »

Director: Jing Wang
Stars: Bingyan Yan, Tommy Shanahan, Gang Chen
Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Following on from the Royal Tramp I, after discovering that the Empress is actually Lone-er, a member of the St Dragon Sect, and that she imprisoned the real empress. Lone-er is bent on ... See full summary »

Director: Jing Wong
Stars: Stephen Chow, Brigitte Lin, Chingmy Yau
Rouge (1987)
Drama | Fantasy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Fleur is the blue angel in one of Hong Kong's "flower houses" - bordellos and night clubs of the 1930's. A detached and beautiful performer, she falls in love with Twelfth Master Chan, heir... See full summary »

Director: Stanley Kwan
Stars: Leslie Cheung, Anita Mui, Alex Man
Action | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The spoilt son of a millionaire finds the love of his life, but she will only accept him if he proves himself as a kung-fu master. He enters and wins the "Kung-Fu Scholar" tournament, ... See full summary »

Director: Gordon Chan
Stars: Stephen Chow, Man Cheung, Man-Tat Ng
The Blade (1995)
Drama | Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

After the master of the Sharp Manufacturer saber factory abdicates and appoints On, his least popular worker, as his successor, On, unwilling to lead his surly colleagues, embarks on a ... See full summary »

Director: Hark Tsui
Stars: Wenzhuo Zhao, Xin Xin Xiong, Sonny Su
Swordsman II (1992)
Action | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

With an entirely new set of actors, this movie continues the story from Swordsman (1990). Blademaster and his martial arts school decide to retire to a distant mountain. Before leaving, he ... See full summary »

Directors: Siu-Tung Ching, Stanley Tong
Stars: Jet Li, Brigitte Lin, Michelle Reis


Cast overview:
Leon Lai ... Taki Renzaburô
Michelle Reis ... Windy (Gaye)
Jacky Cheung ... Ken Kai
Roy Cheung ... Shudo
Shu-Kei Chow Shu-Kei Chow ... Anti-Rapter Agent
Carman Lee ... Loh / Shira / Orchid
Tatsuya Nakadai ... Daishu (Yuen Tai Chung)
Woo-Ping Yuen ... Sergeant Kayama
Reiko Hayama Reiko Hayama ... Spider Woman


Taki is assigned to go after Daishu, a businessman who is suspected by the police to be selling the drug "happiness", a drug from the Rapter's world that causes people to "evaporate" if they stop taking it. Actually it is another group of Rapters that are selling the happiness. The second group attacks Daishu's group, and eventually Taki, Daishu, and Daishu's daughter join forces to fight the evil Rapters. Lots of psychic powers, shape changing and general weirdness. Written by Marty Hoff <martang@evtech.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Action | Horror | Sci-Fi


Not Rated | See all certifications »



Hong Kong | Japan


Cantonese | English

Release Date:

20 November 1992 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Wicked City See more »

Filming Locations:

Hong Kong, China


Box Office


HKD 10,778,465 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:




Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »

Did You Know?


References Blade Runner (1982) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

Stylish, science-fiction future noir for the next millennium!
2 April 1999 | by ChoiBabySee all my reviews

The Reptoids, an alien species from beyond rule the future. They live amongst the human populace. Intelligent, urbane, charming, aggressive...and malevolent by nature... They control most of the international economy, and unknowingly to the people, the Reptoids manipulate most of the human race...

Throughout the city streets in Tokyo and Hong Kong, a lethal new drug is being distributed under the incognito known as the "Happiness." This drug promises the ultimate pleasure, the ultimate high...but it will lead to the ultimate demise...

Detective Taki (Jacky Cheung) has his hands full dealing with a series of drug related deaths. The police department also happens to be breathing down his neck. Taki is assigned to keep a surveillance over a enigmatic entrepreneur (Tatsuya Nakadai) who may hold the key to unlocking this entire riddle. This opulent entrepreneur though may in fact, be one of the Reptoids...and the "Happiness" drug is the Reptoids' method of preempting the human race, bringing them down to their knees... Only Taki, and his new partner, Ken (Leon Lai) can thwart the Reptoids' sinister plans for world domination...

Double-crossing, deception, and malediction are the name of the game as the stakes are rising.. Taki may very well realize that his partner is not who he claims to be. As well, a gorgeous woman (Michelle Reis) whom Taki has encountered before enters his life one more time...but why now?

I am a huge fan of Hong Kong cinema, and this film is no exception. WICKED CITY (The Cantonese title is YAO SHOU DU SHI) is one of East Asia's proudest pieces of work. This movie has an amazing exhibition of imaginative and mind-blowing special effects ever witnessed, especially for a film that was not made in Hollywood. The film makers throw in everything for this movie from martial arts, car chases and flying acrobats to lasers, metamorphosing creatures, liquid fiends, reptilian demons, and a humanoid pinball machine! There is even an incredible climactic confrontation aboard a moving passenger jet. Also, the dazzling and sparkling Michelle Reis adds a provocative edge to this emotionally pervasive film. Her beauty and grace are powerful enough to hypnotize the entire audience, thereby stealing the show from the two leads. Strong special effects, fine set designs, and a sexy leading lady highlight this formidable sleeper hit.

WICKED CITY was created to capture the visceral nightmarish flair of a fast moving anime. The intensity and sheer momentum in this film packs a wallop! The action sequences moves at a razor sharp pace and the surrealism of this film is omnipotent. This movie features some of the most startling (and definitely grotesque) creatures as well. The array of bestial monsters will paint an indelible picture in your mind after finishing the movie.

A stylish, science-fiction future noir for the next millennium! WICKED CITY contains the components of a future noir including a hard edged detective full of asperity, a beautiful mystery woman with a past, a bleak atmosphere, deviant camera angles, and flashbacks. Excellent characterization, magnificent cinematography, and a surprisingly abundance of plot twists make WICKED CITY a worthwhile pearl to collect. The brilliant imagery and predatory mutants propel this film several notches above the typical Hong Kong action film.

As a future noir, WICKED CITY is a heart-stopping ride descending into a apocalyptic world where time has no meaning...and life may hold no value... Certainly a fiendish, brutal vision of a future where humankind is in crisis. Director Tai Kit Mak did a great job adapting the famous Japanese manga as a big screen show where the objectives of good and evil are not always clearly defined...

For a precaution, DO NOT even bother trying to decipher a plot. Just sit back and prepare to be blown away by the most dizzying collection of special effects ever seen! While this movie is energetic and lively...just do not bother to have credibility and logic as top priorities... WICKED CITY is thoroughly wicked indeed, deserving all types of encomium with a wildly original concept.

RATING: *** out of ****.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 13 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Recently Viewed