With too much free time while waiting for my cat to be taken from shelter I recently refreshed myself some Hong Kong cat. III movies. What is cat. III? First time I saw that shortcut I thought it’s really about cats and kitties, just like ‘Xing’ on the road in America – we drive somewhere and I popped out with ‘wow, that Chinese dude Xing must done something really big here, look how many streets are named by him’. He just looked at me and said ‘Yes, Mr. Crossing is kinda big man here’.
But coming back to the main topic – Hong Kong motion picture rating system has 3 levels and 2 sub-levels of rating the movies you can see at the cinema or at home.
- Level One: suitable for all ages
- Level Two A: not suitable for children, Level Two B: not suitable for children and young people – the government suggests parental guidance when watching the film
- Level Three: Persons Aged 18 and Above Only – No one younger than 18 years of age are permitted to rent, purchase, or watch this film in a movie theatre
So in general category III films are like The Game of Thrones – Blood, boobs and more boobs. On my youtube channel (www.youtube.com/legendofamoonbunny) instead of making ‘kawaii-faces vblog’ I try to find not so easy to find movies with English subtitles and share them with other foreigners and that helped me with seeing one thing – as much as I like murders, movies based on real crimes etc. most guys come there for naked breasts and raping scenes. Quite disturbing.
Today I want to share with you few of my favourites and why I like them! As I already mentioned I have always been that weird child who watched Discovery Channel and their series called ‘crime night’ with all medical detectives, FBI agents and other not really children-suitable TV shows. I must want you: what you might read or see here from now on might make you feel disturbed or disgust, if you’re a sensitive person DON’T SCROLL DOWN.
八仙飯店之人肉叉燒包 – The Untold Story
Hong Kong crime-thriller film directed by Herman Yau and starring Danny Lee and Anthony Wong. The film is allegedly based on a true crime that took place in 1985 in Macau. The story opens with Wong Chi Hang fleeing the Hong Kong police, who are after him for murder. He winds up in Macau, where he takes a job as a cook at the 8 Immortals restaurant. After getting busted for cheating at a game of Mah Jong, Wong kills the owner and the family, taking over the restaurant himself.
Why I liked it? It was the very first cat. III film I’ve seen from Hong Kong movies, it’s based on the real story. What happens there is really disturbing but it was also a real thing. I cannot tell much because I don’t want to make any spoilers but I’m just telling you – the movie is so wicked, Anthony Wong plays his role so convincing that you might believe he really has something going on in his head. A must see!
羔羊醫生 – Dr. Lamb
An abnormal taxi driver lusts for blood every rainy night, and several young women are killed as a result. The muderer, Laiu, likes to take photos of the victims dismembered bodies as momentos. Inspector Lee is called onto the case in this bizarre thriller.
Why I liked it? It’s another movie based on a real crimes by Lam Kor-wan also known as Jar Murderer. It already can tell you a lot about the movie itself. It was so bizzare and terrifying that made me really scared. So close to you, you wouldn’t expect that coming. Beside that Simon Yam is really looking like a copy of Lam Kor-wan! But don’t worry, he is now in prison until the end of his days. Once even I passed a road from which I could see that place and my super-romantic husband said ‘Remember Dr. Lamb movie? He is there’.
屯門色魔 – The Rapist
A serial rapist is loose in the Hong Kong suburb of Tuen Mun. Based on the true story of Lam Kwok-wai, who raped and murdered women in the early 90s.
Why I liked it? I cannot say I liked it. I hate rape scenes, I always skip it no matter if movie is Asian or Western, it just makes me feel uncomfortable so I had to skip quite big part of the movie, but what made me watch this is how flats ‘used to work’. how to avoid being raped now. In a place my husband’s family has a flat there’s a security guard, cameras in every elevator, you can feel safe. But at that time there was nothing like this, people didn’t care ‘it’s non of my business’/ Also from my husband’s room I could see the blocks they found bodies. On one hand it’s so terrible and sad on the other hand how close it was. It could happen to anyone – me, you, someone from our families. It’s worth watching, but since it was focused mostly on physical violence against women I didn’t feel comfortable watching it. I mean, I know you can say why I don’t skip murder scenes and blood but why I skip rapes? My answer is very simple: many murder scenes are really fake with hektoliters of blood etc. but HK rape scenes look very real. Not JAV-real, just really make you feel like it was happening to you.
人頭豆腐湯 – There Is A Secret In My Soup & 烹屍之喪盡天良 – Human Pork Chop
Human Pork Chop is shown as a flashback sequence, a group of men brutally torture, rape, and murder a prostitute who was caught stealing from her pimp. Based on a true story. There is a secret in my soup – opens at the scene of the crime and then progresses to the police station, with the officer in charge of the investigation questioning the various parties involved. This provides the necessary lead-in to the flashback structure these films invariably adopt. Abused by her husband, Maggie Chan moves out and into an apartment shared by Pat and her spouse Rocky. Maggie begins working as a prostitute for the latter but eventually steals some money and Rocky’s fancy lighter, prompting the pimp to send psychotic debt collector Joe after her.
Why I liked those movies? I don’t want to say too much about those movies itself in order to not make a spoiler, but if you’re really interested you can read various articles about the Hello Kitty Murder that happened in 1999 in TST. I think you should watch both of the movies, they show the same crime, were released the same year and even show same locations and some of the buildings. It’s fun to compare both of the movies – so similar but the way they actors play their characters are way different. And when we talk about actors did I mention that in Human Pork Chop one of the main roles is played by the drummer of Beyond? Of course there were comments that he is a shame to Beyond but for me I didn’t get that emotional with his character and it was just a nice experience to see him acting. No matter how brutal he was in the movie. Which one I like more? My type is Human Pork Chop, I just hate that Joe, the debt collector from the other movie. My reaction on him is like reaction of most Hongkongers on CY Leung a.k.a. Mr. 689.
三五成群 – Street Kids Violence
A case of juvenile violence called “Horrible Tortures” shocks the city. The highest sentencing is life in prison. However, one of the most important criminal in the case, Beep, is only sentenced to seven-year imprisonment. The verdict has the other story behind.
Why I liked it? Because comparing to movies above this one was commited by kids. Young, impressed by triads and power. It is sad what human can do to other human and when you realize murderers where younger than you, maybe in the age of your child… Isn’t that scarrier than ghosts and hunted houses?
Well, this is it. Of course there are many more I really got into while watching like the ‘Intruder’ or the one with two girl and body burnt by acid which title I cannot remember – if anyone of you know the title, please tell me!
Have you ever seen any of the movies above? Do you like any category III movie? Share your film-experience and check out more: http://www.imdb.com/list/Z-oqfJZ8CB4/