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We're Going to Eat You
Media Blasters // Unrated // November 21, 2006
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Review by Scott Weinberg | posted November 27, 2006 | E-mail the Author
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The Movie

The certifiably wacky Diyu wu men is known by a variety of rather colorful English titles. The most appropriate one is Kung Fu Cannibals, which pretty much sums the entire movie up in three handy words. Also known as No Door to Hell and Hell Has No Gates, Tsui Hark's We're Going to Eat You is most certainly a crazy-loco little genre confection, but the gimmick wears thin pretty quick, the action bits (slick though they are) are fairly few and far between, and the frequent doses of mega-doofy humor are more painful than amusing -- though it is nice to see an old-school chop-socky horror comedy that's not afraid to get a little silly.

Case in point is the plot: Secret agent #99 heads into the jungle in search of a notorious criminal who's allegedly holed up in a creepily isolated village. But get this: The entire village is populated by hardcore cannibals! Not only do this crazy nutjobs love the taste of human flesh, but it seems that every aspect of their lives is spent consuming, discussing, and fighting over charred human flesh! Ew!

So in comes the hero and a comic relief/thief sidekick, and before you know it the flick has (d)evolved into a seemingly endless series of high-flying kung fu histrionics, some of which are kinda eye-dazzling and some of which are eye-rollingly silly. Gorehounds will be pleased to note copious rivers of red stuff and occasional glimpses of crazy carnage, which brings me to the mild beauty of We're Going to Eat You: It's a kung fu party, a loopy comedy, a gore flick, and a slap-your-forehead acid trip at the same time. Plus it actually tries to wedge some Sam Spade-style gumshoeing into the equation -- and that just ups the camp value in my book.

The DVD

Video: The anamorphic widescreen (2.35:1) transfer looks as good as a late-'70s kung fu flick could ever hope to look. Frankly I think it's kinda weird to see a movie like this looking so relatively crisp.

Audio: Dolby Digital 2.0 Cantonese with English subtitles. And you'll sure as hell need 'em to follow what's going on in this whack-job movie.

Extras: Just a stills gallery and some trailers for other Tokyo Shock releases.

Final Thoughts

We're Going to Eat You was only the second flick from Vietnamese filmmaker Tsui Hark, so I suppose that makes the movie his equivalent to Raimi's Evil Dead or Jackson's Dead Alive -- which definitely makes it a curiosity piece for fans of the genre.

Plus hey, it's good stupid fun.

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