“It was used to make those buns”
The Untold Story is without a doubt the best movie in the Cat III genre. As good as movies like Red To Kill, The Ebola Virus & Her Vengeance are, they just don’t have the same impact as The Untold Story. A film that has stirred up a considerable amount of controversy due to it’s graphically violent content & a very disturbing scene depicting the murder of young children. This is a movie that is deeply shocking & at times very uncomfortable to watch, but it is also a very, very good movie.
Set in Maccau the film starts with Wong Chi Hang fleeing Hong Kong & moving to Maccau & The Eight Immortals restaurant, where he works as chef. After cheating at a game of Mah Jong with his employer, Hang butchers the entire family & takes over the restaurant. He dismembers the bodies of the family & cooks them in the buns he serves at the restaurant. Wong tries unsuccessfully to take legal ownership for the restaurant but can’t due to the owner not being able to sign the paperwork. The police who are investigating some body parts that washed up on a beach begin to get letters from the family of the missing restaurant owner as to his whereabouts. The police visit Wong on several occasions until they feel they have enough circumstantial evidence to arrest Wong & force a confession.
The Untold Story is an incredible film that 18 years after it’s release, has lost none of its power to shock & disturb. Directed by Herman Yau & supposedly based on a true events, The Untold Story grips you from the start & slowly draws you in as the horror unfolds. Prolific actor Anthony Wong is superb as Wong Chi Hang. He brings a constant air of menace to Hang & dominates the movie. His portrayal of a deranged killer is truly frightening. With the police, Yau employs a similar dramatic theme as The Last House On The Left. They are used as a comedic element to provide some light relief from the overriding air of tension & horror that dominates the rest of the movie. I have heard a lot of people criticise The Untold Story over this. I would disagree, the lightening of the movies tone by the police only serves to heighten the tension once Wong is back on screen. The movies’ content is very brutal & graphic. The chopstick rape scene is strong enough, as are the scenes of dismemberment & cannibalism. But it is the flashback to the slaughter of the original owner of The Eight Immortals restaurant & his family that is deeply shocking. Wong uses a meat cleaver to dispatch the family, but not before he has taunted & toyed with them. The children are killed last. This scene is very hard to watch, the young actors look genuinely scared & distressed.
I could continue with some of the themes & audience manipulation techniques that Yau has used in this movie, but I would be revealing too many spoilers. In closing I highly recommend The Untold Story. A shocking & brutal Cat III classic.