A secret agent investigates a village that is populated by crazed, inbred cannibals.
A secret agent investigates a village that is populated by crazed, inbred cannibals.
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It took me a while to get over the fact that We're Going to Eat You is NOT a horror film but an incredibly silly kung-fu-comedy. I wouldn't even call this a horror-comedy, despite the the fact there is a town full of cannibals. When falling into the horror-comedy category there is usually some over-the-top, on-screen gore or scenes of genuine suspense/fright and that was completely void here. Any scene which could possibly be construed as gory was nothing more than fake blood dripping from a table while the meat and bones of anything possibly grotesque was off-screen.
I know some may find the use of music from other films being used illegally in HK films endearing, but I just…
I didn't know how much there needed to be a mash-up of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and Anatahan starring a Sam Spade as a badass, if slightly dim, kung fu fighter until I saw this movie. We should give thanks every day that Tsui Hark is here to show us the light.
A loud, sloppy, but deceptively elegant slapstick bloodbomb of a movie, with an actually quite potent parable about unchecked self-interest tucked inside. Call it 'Meatless Shrugged,' maybe.
absurd gory Hong Kong anti-communist martial arts cannibal comedy.
you heard me.
So utterly silly, but I'm pretty sure I'm still young enough to laugh at this and not feel ashamed of myself. It works well for what it is - that being an action/horror/comedy - and the editing is possibly even better than Hark's previous film functioning well whatever genre the particular moment is aiming for. Riotous fun, though it never becomes anything more than that.
Part of Halfway to Hoop-tober 2018
Here's an early favorite from Tsui Hark, one I've wanted to see forever. The personable Norman Chu stars as government agent 999, tracking a criminal named Rolex (Melvin Wong) to a remote village where everyone shares the few resources available to them. Naturally, that extends to food, and while you know from the title what these howling, rag-swathed kooks like to eat, it takes 999 a while to figure it out. Until he does, there's plenty of time to get into hyper skirmishes with the locals, who tend to attack in mask-wearing swarms. He also trades blows and quips with a goofy thieving trickster type (Hon Gwok-Choi) and gets to know the inner struggles…
Selbst bei einem Frühwerk holt sich Tsui Hark ziemlich große Namen (Norman Chu, Eddy Ko, Melvin Wong... wow!) im Team und beweist sein Talent.
Wer bei diesem Film einen ernsthaften Horror-Film erwartet wird wohl etwas enttäuscht sein. Denn hier sind sowohl Action- als auch Slapstickeinlagen ziemlich stark vertreten.
In einem kleinen chinesischen Dorf am Rande der Zivilisation leiden die Bewohner an Nahrungsmittelknappheit. Dank der tyrannischen Herrschaft des Dorfoberhaupts und dem großen Hunger werden die Bewohner in die Kannibalismus getrieben und verspeisen ungebetene Gäste oder Reisende zum Mittag. Nachdem die Neuankömmlinge getötet und ausgeweidet werden wird das Fleisch vor den Augen des Oberhauptes auf die Bevölkerung portioniert.... nur schlecht, dass der Oberhaupt den Großteil für sich und seine Wachen behält…
Crazy horror comedy from Hark Tsui that is pretty savage and doesn’t shy away from the gore. A secret agent is sent to investigate the interworkings of a village that is partaking in cannibalism. The violence is wild and crazy as limbs are chopped off and the disregard for human life is at an all time high. There is almost like a Texas Chainsaw Massacre or Evil Dead vibe to this, maybe because it was made around the same time or because it is about as equally game changing, but missed the spotlight.
Jackie Chan-style kung-fu comedy meets cannibal horror splatstick, on the island lovechild of Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Resident Evil 4’s village. Yeah, I kind of loved Tsui Hark’s We’re Going To Eat You; that wonderfully blunt title is just icing on the cake.
I was expecting quirky antics, and the movie delivered a solid drip-feed of visual and physical gags. I wasn’t expecting clever martial arts scenes with such humorous and intricate choreography, making full use of the cannibal island concept for fight scenarios. The hapless protagonists - an agent and the thief he’s pursuing - aren’t particularly compelling as characters but they are effective as vehicles for the action and comedy. The dual narrative means there’s very little downtime in We’re Going To Eat You, just nearly 90 nonstop minutes of silly fun.
2019 Cult Movie Challenge Week 33. Tsui Hark
As a declaration of intent I would say that this title is pretty much up there with best of them and as a matter of fact it may well be my all-time favourite movie title of all-time.
It's a pity then, although hardly surprising, that the film doesn't quite manage to live up to it, although it certainly does deliver on it's promise.
The story has Agent 999 visiting a remote island where, from the evidence on display here, any and all visitors are routinely captured, chopped up and fed to the locals.
You might think that this is the reason for 999's visit but no, he is blissfully unaware of the…
'Wir kommen und werden euch fressen' ist ein genialer Genremix aus Comedy, Kannibalenfilm und klassischer Martial Arts.
Völlig verrückt, aber es funktioniert richtig gut. Und ich meine damit, es funktioniert perfekt. Die Comedy ist allgegenwärtig. Variiert aber sehr. Mal albern. Mal pointiert schwarzhumorig. Mal verstörend. Die Prügeleien sind ein brilliant choreographierter Geniestreich aus Old School Fights, aber eingefangen mit einer superben dynamischen Kamera. Ein großer Spaß aus beiden HK Welten sozusagen.
Aber wirklich atemberaubend ist der Kannibalenhorror Aspekt. Eigentlich durch die Comedy zum Scheitern verurteilt, schafft es Regisseur Tsui Hark dennoch, mit Zuhilfenahme eines der besten Horror Scores, die ich jemals gehört habe, den Zuschauer auf Dauer-Anspannung zu halten. Markerschütternd und teilweise regelrecht psychedelisch! Da wird eine Stimmung erzeugt, die…
Early Tsui Hark movie features cannibalism, Kung fu, Peking Opera, a detective story and comedy mashed up in a very appealing way. Norman Chu is a revelation as the detective, equal parts cool, charismatic and idiotic, searching for the infamous bandit ‘Rolex’ amongst a village full of man-eating oddballs. Chu was forever the stoic hero or dastardly villain in umpteen Shaw Brothers productions, so it’s refreshing to see his comic timing on display here. The comedy is great, and the action is even better, with a number of sequences that seem to foreshadow the prop based fight sequences that Jackie Chan would be known for later in the 80s. The bizarre mish mash of genres might be exhausting for newcomers, but for everyone else this comes highly recommended.
Dumb jokes, stupid characters and lame gags ruin what could have otherwise been a solid horror themed action movie. The good stuff is still there but crowded out by groan inducing setups, dialogue and comedy bits.
None of it works in the film’s favor. Thankfully there are some enjoyable moments of splatter and gore, and the soundtrack directly rips off cues from the score to Suspiria. Not good by a long shot, however the punchline payoff of the film is pretty great.
WE'RE GOING TO EAT YOU is a super-early Tsui Hark film that combines horror, slapstick, kung fu, and grindhouse gore into a bizarre, disappointing melange. The film has its supporters, no doubt due to its surreal mixing of genres and its exploitative transgressiveness. But here's the truth: it's a detective movie about a detective who spends the entire story ignoring very obvious clues. The main private dick travels to an island seeking a criminal. Unbeknownst to him, the island is inhabited by cannibals who slaughter and eat outsiders. You'd think after the first time the detective was assaulted by gibbering masked butchers he'd have caught on, but no. Additionally, the last thirty minutes are an onslaught of fake-out shock endings. It's exhausting, and not in a fun way.
(Viewing Format: 35mm Film, 2.35:1, Anthology Film Archives: Courthouse Theater)
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