The Eight Immortals Restaurant: The Untold Story (1993)

The Eight Immortals Restaurant: The Untold Story posterI just got back from my dream vacation last week- TOKYO. Since then, I’ve been on an Asian movie kick. Japan is an incredible place to visit, I may add. The culture, people, and food are incredible. The Red Light District’s vivacious atmosphere, blazing lights and shadowed alleys were everything I could dream of and more. If you ever have the chance to go, don’t pass it up. Now, The Untold Story is a Chinese film, but there is an unequivocal connection between Japanese, Chinese, and Korean horror films- they are all batshit crazy!

I briefly mentioned the enticing and delectable food in Tokyo (namely the fresh sushi and aromatic noodle shops). It was definitely a highlight of my trip. The Untold Story is also about food, specifically about a restaurant run by a manic man that serves the most unusual pork buns. Mr. Wong owns The Eight Immortals Restaurant, but there seems to be a problem with the paperwork to prove that fact. When body parts wash up on Macao Beach, Wong is the main suspect for the slapstick group of local cops.

The Eight Immortals Restaurant: The Untold StoryA lot of the film chronicles this incompetent and absurd group of police officers. I guess this comedic edge is there to balance the brutality of the rest of the film, but to me it seems a little out of place with a humor that may not translate well across languages. The film feels a little dated with its weird sense of humor and cheesy lines, but what comes next is absolutely vicious and insane.

The Eight Immortals Restaurant: The Untold StoryNow, to the good part. The crazy Mr. Wong chops up insolent employees, tosses the bones, and grinds the meat to serve to his customers. Wong is serving up human dumplings! Everyone is eating them and loving them! Oh yum! One of the most gruesome death scenes I have ever seen lies within this film. It’s a graphic rape scene that ends with death by chopsticks in the private lady parts. Gross. Me. Out. But the real reason this X-Rated film is so fucked-up is because of the malicious and appalling murders of numerous children (6 total). You don’t normally see that in horror films, even the most depraved.

The Eight Immortals Restaurant: The Untold StoryThose who crave ghastly and gruesome horror (or pork buns) will find The Untold Story a real treat. Others will find it highly offensive, strongly misogynistic, and degrading to women- but that’s not anything new to the horror genre. The actor who played Wong actually won Best Actor at the Hong Kong Film Award for his disturbing portrayal of this mad slasher. Oh, and did I mention this is based on a true story?? I don’t know how realistic a claim that is, but it always adds a lewd and risqué edge.

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