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Dangerous Encounters of the First Kind (1980)

Di yi lei xing wei xian (original title)
Three lazybones friends manufacture a firebomb and place it in a cinema. Pearl, a sadistic young girl, has observed the scene, follows the bombers and starts to manipulate them. The four criminals plan more and more daring acts.

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Hark Tsui
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Cast

Credited cast:
Lieh Lo ... Tan
Chen Chi Lin ... Pearl
Albert Au Albert Au ... Paul
Tin Sang Lung ... Lung
Paul Che ... Ko (as Biu Law Che)
Ray Lui ... Inspector Lui
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bruce Baron Bruce Baron ... Bruce
Kwok-Ming Cheung Kwok-Ming Cheung ... Interpol Officer
Man Ching Chong Man Ching Chong ... Social Worker
Shing-Choi Chu Shing-Choi Chu ... Paul's Mother
Lee Chun-Wa ... Former Mr. Hong Kong
Richard Da Silva Richard Da Silva ... Uncle Hark
Xiaoyu Deng Xiaoyu Deng ... Interpol Officer
Nigel Falgate Nigel Falgate ... Nigel
Ping Fong ... Woman at Identification parade
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Three lazybones friends manufacture a firebomb and place it in a cinema. Pearl, a sadistic young girl, has observed the scene, follows the bombers and starts to manipulate them. The four criminals plan more and more daring acts.

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It started as a joyride; the terror never ended...

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Action | Crime | Thriller

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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese

Release Date:

4 December 1980 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Dangerous Encounters of the First Kind See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Alternate Versions

Tsui Hark's original version was banned by Hong Kong censors. Several subplots had to be removed (in the original, the three teenagers plant self-built bombs in public places for the fun of it) and scenes were re-shot. The DVD-release by HK Video in France includes both the original and the modified version. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Ban the Sadist Videos! (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Zombi
(uncredited)
Performed by Goblin
Taken from their "Zombi - Dawn of the Dead" soundtrack
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Tsui Hark's masterpiece?
20 April 2011 | by udar55See all my reviews

Three friends out for a night of fun in daddy's car accidentally kill a pedestrian. The only witness is young, psychotic girl who decides to blackmail them. She forces the boys to participate in her misanthropic deeds, which eventually bring them into some Japanese bank notes for 800 million yen that belong to some illegal arms dealers. Wow, this is one psychotic movie! DON'T PLAY WITH FIRE (aka DANGEROUS ENCOUNTERS: 1ST KIND) is Tsui Hark's third film and it is one angry movie. Opening with the scene of a mouse having a pin shoved into its head (sadly, for real), Hark makes modern day Hong Kong look like hell on earth with its grimy streets and claustrophobic apartment buildings. I'd like to think he is making a statement on class warfare, but Hark just seems like he wants to destroy everything in a wave of nihilistic fury. A final shootout in an equally crowded cemetery is the film's highlight. The score is stolen from all over the place. Tracks I identified were from Goblin (off the DAWN OF THE DEAD soundtrack), Jean Michel Jarre, and the disco band The Mike Theodore Orchestra. I actually wish Hark made more modern day stuff like this as I got tired of his costume kung fu drama porn rather quickly.


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