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Wicked City (1992)

Yao shou du shi (original title)
Taki is assigned to go after Daishu, a businessman who is suspected by the police to be selling the drug "happiness", a drug from the Rapter's world that causes people to "evaporate" if ... See full summary »

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Tai Kit Mak (as Peter Mak)

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Hideyuki Kikuchi (novel), Roy Szeto | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Leon Lai ... Renzaburô Taki / Lung
Jacky Cheung ... Jing Gwok-keuhng / Ken Kai
Michelle Reis ... Wan-Gei
Tatsuya Nakadai ... Yuen Tai-Chung
Roy Cheung ... Gwei Zung-dou
Woo-Ping Yuen ... Sergeant Kayama
Carman Lee ... Sheila / Ji-Loh
Reiko Hayama Reiko Hayama ... Perrier / Spider Woman
Lisa Be Lisa Be ... Shapeshifter
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chi Fai Chan
Siu Cheung Siu Cheung
Shu-Kei Chow Shu-Kei Chow ... Anti-Rapter Agent
Chi-Moon Ho Chi-Moon Ho
Wai Keung Hui Wai Keung Hui
Gong Lam Gong Lam
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Storyline

Taki is assigned to go after Daishu, a businessman who is suspected by the police to be selling the drug "happiness", a drug from the Rapter's world that causes people to "evaporate" if they stop taking it. Actually it is another group of Rapters that are selling the happiness. The second group attacks Daishu's group, and eventually Taki, Daishu, and Daishu's daughter join forces to fight the evil Rapters. Lots of psychic powers, shape changing and general weirdness. Written by Marty Hoff <martang@evtech.com>

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Action | Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

Hong Kong | Japan

Language:

Cantonese | English

Release Date:

20 November 1992 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Wicked City See more »

Filming Locations:

Hong Kong, China

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Budget:

HKD10,778,465 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The Most Romantic Sci-fi movie ever made, and the best, too!!!
23 September 1999 | by Valentin-7See all my reviews

I've seen this movie at least a dozen times, and never once, never, didn't I cry at the end! I'm glad this is my first impression of sci-fi movie (besides ET, when I saw it at 6, which I don't quite remember what was really going on until I become a grown-up) since I first saw it at the age 18. It forever influenced my view of sci-fi movies. Whenever I go to see sci-fi films, I always pay attention to the styles, the messages contained within, the connection between the imaginative world and the real life. For me, that is what sci-fi movies really about, not some fancy special effects.

The other day I was surprised to find out we have copies for sale in America, I order a copy at once. But I was also shocked to find that this wonderful film, probably the best Hong Kong movie I'd ever seen, was not received well here in America. Almost all the people who praise the film are Asian. I don't think this has something to do with culture gap, because this is a very unusual Hong Kong films, it didn't contain anything specific about the Asian culture. And that's the point. It is not anything you expect to see in a Hong Kong, or any other Asia films you can find here in the United States. It didn't have fancy martial art, no strange custom (which I strongly disagree with. They always portray Asia as bunch of strange, mysterious, sick places. Because that kind of films can easily won the prize in European film festivals). This is simply a film about humanity. At the same time, it was so beautifully done. Very stylish, with the music that was so heartbreakingly beautiful. But do see this film in its original language with subtitle. NO FOREIGN FILM SHOULD BE WATCHED IN ENGLISH DUBBED VERSION! IT IS ALWAYS THE BIG DISASTER!!! Do take a moment to think about what you see and enjoy that beautiful ending.


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