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Boxer's Omen [DVD] [1983] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: Mandarin Chinese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B000I2J6ZK
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Absolutely batsh*t insane Shaw Brothers black magic shocker. Ko Fei fights Bolo Yeung and a black magician, in quite different ways. The first hour is a head trip, light on dialogue and heavy on weird black magic. It would probably have been better if it ended after the boxing match and remained a short head scratcher, as there is about 20 minutes of dead time after, but things do get trippy again at the end.
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Amazon.com: 3.7 out of 5 stars 16 reviews
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Uncut Nearly Lost Classic..... 23 Dec. 2006
By Jason Spear - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
This Shaw Bros Horror film simply must be seen to be believe. It's not a martial arts film, but there are a few fight scenes with Bolo. The movie showcases gruesome black magic duels instead of kung fu action. Fans of surreal horror(The Beyond, The Viy, Evil Dead 2) will be pleased. There's all sorts of attacking spiders, monster bats, alligator monsters, flying heads and a demon woman. The effects will be laughable to some but the sheer crazed enthusiasm of them won me over. There is also quite a bit of gore, slime and real creepy crawlies. An eel is puked up in one scene. The Image dvd looks great and comes with a booklet detailing the history of the film.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastically nuts 24 Dec. 2006
By Lord of Dance - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
There are movies that are entertaining for no other reason than that you just can't believe what you're watching on the screen. The Boxer's Omen is a phantasmagoria of grossness, questionable special effects, gawdy visuals and Buddhism that is so exuberantly bizarre I couldn't wait to see what would happen next. Part of the movie is a kickboxing revenge story, which is the only part of The Boxer's Omen that isn't insane, but the rest of it deals with the wildly hallucinatory conflict between Buddhists and practitioners of the dark arts.

The special effects are audaciously bad at times, particularly those involving animals. I swear that the bats and spiders in one part looked like plush toys, or something similar. For any of you who have seen The Beyond and marvelled at how fake the spiders looked in that movie, the ones in The Boxer's Omen are even more ridiculous. The special effects in this movie would surely bring the quality down a notch if the overall style wasn't so over the top. There is so much fantastic absurdity to behold that it's difficult to be distracted by any one thing.

The black magic in this movie is the source for most of the grossness. Whenever one of the dark priests casts a spell, they usually chew up all sorts of nasty things and spit them out, somtimes repeatedly. There's also one part where they slice open an alligator, toss its guts out on the floor and then stuff a corpse inside in order to raise it from the dead. I just watched Jungle Holocaust where an alligator gets sliced open and has its innards strewn about, so I think I've had enough of that sort of thing for a while.

Because this movie exists almost entirely in the realm of the supernatural, it doesn't always make very much sense. The protagonists are Buddhists, so maybe possessing knowledge about the religion will put some of the occurences in this film into perspective. Otherwise, the viewer can only go along for the ride and throw reason to the wind. I guess it is best classified as fantasy/horror with a small amount of martial arts thrown in. There's also a little T&A, for those so inclined.

If you have a difficult time suspending disbelief or like movies that make sense, you probably shouldn't watch this. I'd also recommend avoiding it if you find rampant, garish blood and gore disagreeable. Otherwise, it's worth experiencing at least once for the mindboggling weirdness alone.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fear Factor meets the Shaw Brothers 26 Nov. 2006
By morgoth - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
It starts out as your standard revenge flick where Bolo cripples Lung Wei Wang(Return to the 36th Chamber) in the boxing ring and his brother(Ko Fei) swears to take revenge for him on Bolo. Well that isn't really what ends up happening. Well actually it does, but the director kind of gets lost in a bunch of black magic stuff and then Ko Fei finally fights Bolo again. Of course the director doesn't ecactly get lost because he obviously planned on making this a black magic movie but it is just weird how it starts off with a great action sequence, in fact, the only really good action sequence, and then we don't really get anymore. I can't say the movie was great but I still liked it a lot. It gets super sick and that just adds to the insanity that you are watching. I think the movie would have affected me more if I was Asian and grew up on these kind of stories but it was still nice to experience this unthinkable black magic stuff.

SMALL SPOILER ALERT HERE BUT JUST TO GIVE YOU AN IDEA OF WHAT YOU WILL BE WATCHING: these guys in the movie take a girl's dead body from a swamp that is actually located under their house, so they just open up the floor. After killing a huge crocodile and putting her in and sowing up the croc they take her out for their final steps of her rebirth and there are many sickening steps I didn't go over. The last step involves a guy taking a chomp out of a rotting dead chicken, eating other sick stuff and spitting it out onto a plate right after he puts it all in his mouth. He passes it to his friend who puts all this crap into his mouth, literally licking the plate to make sure he has it all. After chewing it up pretty well he adds a whole banana peel to his mystery mouthful and spits it out onto a plate. A 3rd guy re-eats the contents on the plate making sure he gets it all in his mouth. After chewing up a little bit he has a live chicken's anus cut off and sticks that into his mouth and chews it all up real good. So then they feed this to the girl. You probably don't believe me that this happens in a movie but I tell the truth.

No special feautes besides a still gallery and the same non subtitled trailers on the other Image DVD's. DVD quality is not perfect but pretty close. Also it is in a 16:9 format and not letterboxed but the 16:9 was how it is supposed to look since this is how the Shaw Brothers shot this one as they did for a lot of their movies in the 80's.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars GREAT FUN! 12 Jan. 2007
By Robert Lowe - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Excellent DVD of a great cult film. And don't worry about the language the previous review mentions. Considering the reviewer is from France, it's unlikely they've even seen this release to make a judgement on the quality of the disc, which is the best this film has ever seen in any form. No matter, by this time, Shaw Brothers Studios were dubbing and releasing their films in Cantonese and Mandarin in theaters at the same time. Considering there's at least three or more languages spoken in the film, the studio had their own dubbers, who usually were not the stars of the film anyway. So there's no "correct" soundtrack for this film, no matter what the "experts" will tell you. It won't affect you're enjoyment of the movie in any way.
5.0 out of 5 stars All you have heard about it and more! 5 April 2015
By Timothy Chmielewski - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
After his brother is crippled in a Thai Boxing match with champion boxer Bu Bo (Bolo Yeung), Chan Hung (Phillip Ko Fei) starts getting visions of a monk who appears to him in his dreams and also helps get him out of a tight spot. Travelling to Thailand to track down Bo on a promise to his brother to get revenge, he is drawn to the temple that was the source of his visions and becomes involved in a battle of Bhuddism vs Black Magic due to a link to his past life.

There are the usual training scenes, but the battle scenes are something else. I am being deliberately vague as it is best that you see the movie yourself. I could tell you what happens but you wouldn’t believe it or think I was exaggerating.

The director made a number of black magic and action films for Shaw Brothers, but this was the one where he got to go all out and it was one of his last films as a director. He also came up with the story, which does have elements that were based in reality such as the Abbott being “preserved” after death and being covered in gold leaf by his followers and the various locations used.

While there are people in this film, the real stars of the movie are the critters and the special effects. I know they are meant to be scary, but they come across as so over the top and theatrical that they become something more than the film. The first exposure to this movie for a lot of people came when group the Animal Collective mentioned the URL to the Youtube clip of the first battle scene in a magazine interview (since taken down) and it was the first part of the movie I saw also.

The black magic practitioners are meant to be the bad guys, but they don’t seem to be so bad as you never see what they are trying to do. The monks have a rod up their arse sometimes, Phillip Ko gets his end wet once with his missus after the first battle and suddenly he has “lost all his power”. C’mon! Can’t you give him special dispensation?

I did like the critters as they looked like they would be fun to hang out with if they were not trying to kill you. The bats are very floppy and plastic looking, the spiders are cute and drink through straws, the snapping crocodile skulls are a bit dumb, but like to play fetch with chicken guts, there is a big crocodile who is menacing, but gets stuck in small gaps. At one point the hero gets held down and menaced by fuzzy caterpillars who look like they are tickling him. He also gets a killer nipple cripple in one scene.

None too sure about the killing animals on screen though, they don’t actually show the chicken’s head being cut off but you see a head drop. I am well aware it is part of the shock value of some of these movies to show live animal deaths just to get a reaction out of the audience. Most of the animals here are fake so its is not as big a thing.

I do not even know how they managed to get the actors to do some of the things in this movie, as in chew raw chicken guts, cut the arse off a chicken, chew it and throw it up, pass it on to the next person to chew on or lie naked under a swarm of maggots. If you just vomited in your mouth, then this is probably not the film for you.

There are a series of these sorts of movies form Hong Kong in the 1980s and they do seem interesting and something different from the normal kung fu, comedies or dramas that I have seen in the past. I will try to see more of these movies in the future as I enjoyed this one.

I would almost recommend this movie for kids if it wasn’t for the nudity and some of the gorier scenes, it almost reminds me of the Japanese movie House in that it never seems to change its tone even with the scenes that are meant to be serious. It does have the same magical quality to it that makes it special and one that I would recommend to people who are burnt out on the usual fare and what something very different.
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