In a way, it seems more unsettling that THE VILLAGE OF NO RETURN soft-peddles the inherent horror of its premise - a man who comes to a village and, under the premise of removing worries from their minds, erases their memories until they think he is the chief and the most beautiful woman in town is his wife. She, by the way, had already been shackled after being forced to marry a thoroughly unctuous villager rather than her true love. It's creepy as heck, but this movie plays the film for goofy comedy. The satire is arguably not far underneath, but it seems the film rarely digs that deep.
And yet, it often does wind up being a fair amount of fun. Shu Qi is as delightful as usual, and the film gets genuinely weird at enough points that it gets the audience to at least gape.