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Red Nights (2010)

Les nuits rouges du bourreau de jade (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Horror, Thriller | 27 April 2011 (France)
During the reign of the first emperor of China, an ingenious torturer concocted an elixir that paralyzed its victim's limbs, while increasing the sensitivity of their nerve endings tenfold.... See full summary »


Julien Carbon (screenplay), Laurent Courtiaud (screenplay)
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Credited cast:
Frédérique Bel ... Catherine Trinquier
Carrie Ng ... Carrie Chan
Carole Brana ... Sandrine Lado
Stephen Wong Cheung-Hing Stephen Wong Cheung-Hing ... Patrick
Kotone Amamiya Kotone Amamiya ... Tulip
Maria Chen Maria Chen ... Flora
Jack Kao ... Mister Ko
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hin-Wai Au Hin-Wai Au ... Customs officer
Chi-Kui Fong Chi-Kui Fong


During the reign of the first emperor of China, an ingenious torturer concocted an elixir that paralyzed its victim's limbs, while increasing the sensitivity of their nerve endings tenfold. Kept in a jade skull, the elixir could provoke sensations in infinite variations--everything from erotic caresses to appalling lacerations. Haunted by the desire to experience the extreme sensations caused by the elixir, the executioner kills himself with his own poison, intensifying his death experience. His pursuers never found the skull, which had been concealed within a large imperial seal. But the curse of the jade skull, responsible for its creator's death, will endure within the seal, bringing misfortune to all of those who possess it. Until today ...

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Is Belgium becoming the new giallo country, after Amer this one?
11 January 2012 | by trashgangSee all my reviews

This is a Hong Kong, French and Belgium flick. Just look at the last country, Amer was also coming out of that country and let that be a giallo. I can say the same of Red Nights, it is also a giallo. You love it or you hate it, that's all I can say from giallo's, most of them aren't my cup of tea but this has some extra milk to pour on my tea. It all takes place in Hong Kong and here you will have some extra's on part of Asian movements of hands and rituals.

The way it was shot is a pure ode to the old Italian giallo's, the colours are very brightly and the use of some extra green lighting here and there adds toward that feeling. Naturally we do have a glove, a thing that is necessary in a giallo and the nudity.

The acting is sublime but that lays in the fact of Carrie Ng who we knew from Naked Killer (1992) and Fréderique Bel. Both are known in their own country but I would also praise a newcomer, Carole Brana.

I have heard people complaining about the fact that the story doesn't have anything to offer but that wasn't the case for me. There are a few surprises in it. On the horror factor it also deliver, there are a few gory shots and they also added some bondage to it. I wouldn't recommend it to the feint hearted because the opening scene were a full frontal nude Asian chick is covered with latex gives you a weird feeling. The torturing isn't for everybody too, some things are rather gory. If you like for example Takashi Miike flicks then you will love this one too.

Another giallo gem coming from Belgium with a sweet Asian overtone. I was surprised with it.

Gore 3/5 Nudity 2/5 Effects 3/5 Story 3/5 Comedy 0/5

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Release Date:

27 April 2011 (France) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Hong Kong, China

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Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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