WE'RE GOING TO EAT YOU
Directed by Tsui Hark
Written by Rou Szeto
Music by Frank Sudol
Voice Acting by Frank Sudol
1.85:1/Cantonese/Hong Kong/NTSC Region 1
Review from the Media Blasters DVD
Tsui Hark’s manic, bizarre, and hilarious 1980 follow up to his first movie, The Butterfly Murders, is still unbelievably entertaining 27 years later. What is most amazing about We’re Going To Eat You (Diyu Wu Men), is just how well the movie has aged, and how much of its horror/comedy hybrid tone is still being used today’s movies. All of the trademarks of the early 80s Hong Kong action movies here with fast-paced fight scenes, goofy humor, and over-the-top characters, but unlike many other Hong Kong actioners, We’re Going To Eat You never gets boring or repetitive. While some may find the overly-exaggerated situations in the movie irritating, it is hard to imagine anyone watching this without a smile on their face.
The story involves a bandit who escapes to a remote village with an agent on his trail. The bandit, named Rolex, quickly finds himself in the company of some bizarre collection of villagers including a humongous syphilis-infected woman who wants to be his lover! Eventually the pursuing agent, Agent 999, makes his way to the village where he in unceremoniously met by the cannibals, and eventually finds his way to the village where he hooks up with a beautiful young vegetarian and begins to plot the overthrow of the cannibal community’s chief overlord. Along the way there are fights, jokes, gags, and some pretty nice gore scenes to keep things moving along. Of course, the story is not really what makes We’re Going To Eat You work, it is the hectic pace, and craziness of the whole thing that keeps the audience entertained throughout.
We’re Going To Eat You chews its way to DVD from Media Blasters Tokyo Shock line, and the resulting DVD is a mixed bag of missed opportunities and a better-than-expected movie presentation. For a movie made in 1980, the picture is surprisingly clean (especially for a Media Blasters release), but as with any aged movie, there are some noticeable print scratches that surface from time to time. The mono audio track is serviceable, but it is worth pondering what a digital remix what have added to the experience. What is sadly shocking about this DVD, is how little there is in the extras department. There is no commentary track, no interviews, no historical context whatsoever, and really no supplemental information that would add to the viewers experience. What the DVD does have is trailers for other Tokyo Shock titles, three poster stills, and a chapter search menu. That’s it! What a missed opportunity!
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Review by Jamie Smith. All Right Reserved. 2007. ©
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