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Si yiu (1981)

A necrophiliac killer is murdering the prostitutes at Madame Lan's brothel.

Director:

Chih-Hung Kuei

Writers:

Chih-Hung Kuei (screenplay), On Szeto (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Ni Tien ... Madame Lan
Jung Wang ... Inspector Chang (as Yung Wang)
Tsui Ling Yu ... Yan-erh
Siu-Kwan Lau ... Lin Pin
Erik Ka-Kei Chan Erik Ka-Kei Chan ... Li Cheng-yuan
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lap Ban Chan ... Alley granny
Chok Chow Cheung ... Boss San
Tien-Chu Chin ... Brothel patron
Tat-Wah Cho ... Chief inspector Liu
Ping Fong ... Madam Ma
Ging Man Fung ... Uncle Ching
Biu Gam ... Mustache Nine (as Piao Chin)
Wei-Wei Huang
Sau Kei Lee ... Housecall Doctor
Jenny Liang Jenny Liang ... Li Hung-mei (as Liang Jen-na)
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A necrophiliac killer is murdering the prostitutes at Madame Lan's brothel.

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When Life Ends, The Terror Begins.

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Horror | Thriller

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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese | Mandarin

Release Date:

7 October 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Corpse Mania See more »

Filming Locations:

Hong Kong, China

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Production Co:

Shaw Brothers See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Not all that bad Hong Kong slasher/giallo

Following the discovery of a dead body, a police inspector realizes the similarities to a case from a neighboring village and travels there to conduct his investigation where he falls into the plot of a vicious killer conducting a killing spree against a local brothel and must stop it.

Overall, this one has plenty to recommend about it. The movie's at its best when dealing with the abundant and grimy sleaze packed into it. The very nature of a killer running around defiling bodies and committing necrophilic acts on those bodies is quite unsettling from the very start, and doing as many detailed shots of the body's being examined while absolutely crawling with maggots and worms is absolutely revolting. That the girls are nude in this manner while covered in such a nausea-inducing state makes for a queasy experience which is suitably matched by the scenes caressing the naked bodies in the morgue in an almost orgasmic manner to really get an uneasy feeling about the material present. The extended close-ups and panning shots along the body showing the insects crawling out of the orifices or simply congealed on the various points present with the rotting, desiccated skin underneath creates even more disgust and grime within here, and helps to provide the appropriately dirty air throughout with the revolting concept being equaled by their realistic execution. Another suitably strong aspect here is the melding of the grimy atmosphere with the storyline. The inclusion of elements from the giallo and krimi genres, especially the policeman's dominance of the first half conducting an investigation into the crimes and setting the events around a brothel playing major roles in the film. From the first attack on the security guard on patrol to the excellent ambush inside a car outside the brothel and then the big dual attack at the chicken farm nearby that offers two different attacks inside, there's plenty of strong action scenes throughout here. With the finale taking place in the upper realms of the brothel with a fun attack and chase scene giving this one lot of great gore and fun at the ending, these manage to hold it up rather nicely. There are a few minor issues with this one. The biggest problem to be had is the rather flat and sedate pacing that runs throughout the first half, as the scenes not focusing on his investigation tend to be quite bland with the focus on the brothel and their inner workings, which aren't in the least bit interesting. Watching how they entertain guests, the behind-the-scenes struggles trying to keep the sickly performer healthy and the various bits of comic relief trying to get inside the building don't have much of any interest as it drops the necrophile angle in favor of these investigations singling out the individual we all know is the killer. That aspect also manages to hold the later half back since the main focus here turns away from these aspects to turn to the slasher scenes and investigations. With the revelations and double-crosses in this section emerging into far more convoluted scenarios than necessary, this half of the film is a lot more underwhelming than it really should be.

Rated Unrated/R: Graphic Violence, Graphic Language, Full Nudity and explicit themes of necrophilia.


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