The Untold Story – Hong Kong, 1993 – reviews

The Untold Story 1993

The Untold Story (Chinese: 八仙飯店之人肉叉燒包) is a 1993 Hong Kong crime-thriller film directed by Herman Yau and starring Anthony Wong and Danny Lee. The film is allegedly based on a true crime that took place in 1985 in Macau.

The film was followed up by two unrelated sequels with The Untold Story 2, featuring Wong returning in a supporting role, and The Untold Story 3 with Lee in another supporting role. The Untold Story won its only nomination, with Anthony Wong winning his first award for Best Actor at the Hong Kong Film Awards.

The story opens with Wong Chi Hang fleeing the Hong Kong police, who are after him for murder. He winds up in Macau, where he takes a job as a cook at the 8 Immortals restaurant. After getting busted for cheating at a game of Mah Jong, Wong kills the owner and the family, taking over the restaurant himself. Meanwhile, the police, led by officer Lee (Danny Lee: The KillerDr. Lamb) are called out to a local beach. It seems that a bag of decomposing body parts has washed ashore.

The police begin to suspect Wong has both something to do with the washed up body parts and the disappearance of the family. Wong continues to gleefully murder any of his employees who suspect what might be going on, disposing of their bodies in a most interesting way…

Reviews [click links to read more]:

“Instead of creating a cat-and-mouse chase for the running length of the film in the vein of Silence of the Lambs, The Untold Story’s antagonist is captured about halfway through the story. The writers then took the challenge to continue the story without turning it into a boring courtroom drama. With interesting elements they managed to make the second half of the film just as shocking and violent as the first one, something you would think would be almost impossible to achieve.” DVD Review

“Directors Danny Lee and Herman Yau build up a disturbing atmosphere, very much in tone with the unbalance mind of Wong. Employing a stylish narrative, directors Yau and Lee cleverly orchestrate the grotesque details of the crimes in such a harrowing, powerful way that, no matter that the actual act takes place off-screen, the horrific effect is still felt.” W-cinema

Cast and characters:

  • Danny Lee as Officer Lee
  • Anthony Wong as Wong Chi-hang
  • Emily Kwan as Bo
  • Julie Lee as Pearl
  • Tony Leung Siu-hung as Doctor
  • Lau Siu-ming as Cheng Lam
  • Shing Fui-On as Cheng Poon
  • Parkman Wong as Bull

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