Original title: 山狗1999
A group of young ones whose names are of no importance are dropped off on an
island for a weekend of camping and partying. It’s going to be so wild, they
decide to put all of their cell phones into a plastic bag and let one of them
hide them in the jungle.
To nobody’s surprise, that’s a rather horrible idea, for the local
chainsaw-wielding leprous serial killer and his mentally disabled son like to
kill everyone who comes to the island. Because Anthony Wong needed a pay check -
with the added bonus of fondling a much younger actress’ breasts – there
are also a triad boss, his two odious comic relief underlings and his girlfriend
hanging around to be killed.
Connoisseurs of depravity be warned: this cute little mess was only rated IIB
when it came out, so don’t let Anthony Wong’s (short) presence fool you into
believing this to be a CATIII schlock fest, nor should his presence confuse
non-connoisseurs of depravity fond of Wong’s other acting side into getting
their hopes up, either.
For the less refined viewer, Bowie Lau Bo-Yin’s backwoods (backisland?)
slasher will probably include more than enough of the tasteless and the
unpleasant, though there’s really not much blood and gore. However, it still
features awesome moments of “what the hell are they thinking!?” filmmaking, like
the scene where Wong tries to save his life by teaching a young mentally
disabled man how to rape his tied-up girlfriend; and by teaching, I mean he’s
laying hands on penis. I’m happy to report that the only thing this part of the
film actually leads to is Wong’s well deserved demise.
Other highlights/low points include a most hilarious use of slow motion in a
particularly big third act plot twist reveal, random bouts of melodrama
(seriously), characters who hide from their serial killing attackers by having
loud shouting matches, deeply unfunny comic relief, and often hilariously
So it’s perfect entertainment for the times when you feel sleazy and a bit