1941 Hong Kong on Fire (1994)
aka Xiang Gang lun xian
Genre: Comedy | Drama | War | CAT.III
Country: Hong Kong | Director: Man-Kei Chin
Language: Cantonese | Subtitles: English & Chinese (Hardcoded)
Aspect ratio: Widescreen 1.85:1 | Length: 95mn
Dvdrip H264 Mkv – 1228×720 – 25fps – 2.07gb
A family suffers at the hands of the Japanese during the occupation of Hong Kong.
Docu-drama meets comedy meets exploitation, Hong Kong-style. The film opens with several seemingly objective and unemotional comments from WW II veterans, talking about the time of the Japanese invasion in HK in 1941. What then follows is high-budget exploitation, full of sex and violence, about as mean-spirited as you can imagine. The first twenty minutes are light comedy (!), with Chingmy Yau and her sister enjoying the prospect of becoming film actresses. On a busy day of shooting, an assistant director enters the study, shouting: “The Japanese are invading Hong Kong!” Barely has he finished the sentence, the studio gate opens, Japanese forces flood the room and murder and rape everyone in sight. From then on, it’s no-holds-barred: torture, rape, treason, betrayal. There’s something here for everyone, except of course historical authenticity. This earned a C2 rating, but should only be watched by mature adults (and mature drooling voyeurs).