The Eternal Evil of Asia is a 1995 Hong Kong comedy horror feature film from director Man Kei Chin and stars Ellen Chan (Exiled, 2006) Bobbie Au-Yeung (Hard Boiled, 1992), Kwok-Pong Chan (Diary of a Serial Killer, 1995) and Lily Chung (Brother Of Darkness, 1994).
Continuing the seemingly endless flow of Category III films that were flooding out of Asia in the 1980s and early ’90s, Eternal Evil of Asia manages to combine pretty much all of the elements one would expect to find in such a ‘unique’ style of film-making.
Bon (Chan), Kong (Elvis Tsui), Nam (Au-Yeung) & Ken (Shui Ting Ng) are good friends enjoying a trip around Thailand. They meet, and subsequently, help out, a voodoo master they encounter along the way.
Arriving back at H.K., Nam, Kong and Ken all die bizarre and unnatural deaths leaving Bon and his girlfriend, May (Ellen Chan), to figure out who could be behind it all. With the help of a local witch, Mei (Chung), the trio come face to face with the voodoo master Bon once thought to be a friend.
As the above synopsis suggests, the film manages to shoot off in all avenues in its quest to feature carnal attacks, witchcraft and of course, death. Somehow all of this is accomplished in a jovial manner in true Eastern style.
Unlike other, more brutal, Cat III films (such as The Untold Story, 1993, Ebola Syndrome, 1996 and Men Behind The Sun, 1988), The Eternal Evil of Asia is much more playful and fantastical in its execution. Although this is far from uncommon with Cat III movies, it could make for a confusing viewing experience for the uninitiated. The carefree and blatant disregard for women, in particular, isn’t going to be to everyone’s taste, however, if you’ve seen a selection of Cat III titles before, Eternal Evil of Asia has little in the way of true shock value.
Instead, the more entertaining elements are when the film is just being outright mental. Setting fire to ghosts, impotence caused by voodoo curse and a particular highlight involving one of the characters literally becoming a ‘dick-head’, will have obscure film fans chuckling away throughout the 90-minute duration.
Many online resources state that The Eternal Evil of Asia is one of the more sought after titles from the Cat III world and it’s very easy to see why. There is little to no lag in the run time as the next oddity is only ever a few minutes away. The film breezes along effortlessly enough and should manage to please even the most jaded of Cat III fans.
The Mei Ah release is long out of print and goes for a rather large sum on some well-established websites. However, with perseverance and a sharp eye, the DVD is still available and can be tracked down through time. Overall, The Eternal Evil of Asia is a thoroughly enjoyable oddity that’s nothing but pure fun.
Martin Langford, MOVIES and MANIA