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The Untold Story aka Bunman aka Human Pork Rolls is not for everyone, choosing to tell its story of Macao's answer to Sweeney Todd as a broad black comedy, an approach somewhat enhanced for UK viewers by the frightening similarity Anthony Wong's bug-eyed homicidal purveyor of human pork buns has to much-loved British comedian Eric Morecambe on a particularly bad day (it's the glasses). Co-director Danny Lee's cheerful cop doesn't help matters, constantly bringing beautiful hookers with him into the station or to crime scenes and provoking the envy of his cartoonish detectives investigating missing persons while they enjoy free samples from Wong's café. All of which makes a graphic rape scene involving chopsticks all the more unpleasant, and in all the wrong ways. Did I mention it was a true story?
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on 30 May 2010
Top marks to director Herman Yau for delivery this grim, factual story of events that sadly unfolded in part of China; and, for the outstanding, award winning performance from Anthony Wong as a demented lunatic. This flick is so revolting i actually felt physically sick watching the sheer horror displayed in some scenes, in particular the graphic rape scene where an employee of a restuarant is raped by Wong's character; then, violently has a fistful of chopsticks repeatedly thrust into her orifice of pleasure, the camera angle changes after a couple of strikes to capture the blood gushing out of her fresh corpse from beneath the table. The shocking truth doesn't stop there either as the viewer is forced to witness children under the age of ten being methodically slaughtered with a meat cleaver in the most sadistic fashion. The victims of this vicious attack get skinned, mutilated and cooked by their perpetrator and served-up to customers in the restuarant they onced shared as a happy home. The cool, calm and collected manner in which Wong's character deals with the police investigation is equally disturbing and the families retribution to follow is stark and uncompromising but gives the viewer some hint of relief that poetic justice was served, but not much. Although Herman Yau attempts to integrate some moments of black humour to cushion the devesting images being projected at the viewer, this flick will ultimately leaves most with an unpleasant after taste and a profound sense of shame. Viewing is only recommended for those with a very strong threshold and high levels of tolerance - you've been warned.
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on 9 April 2013
I read about 'The Untold Story' or 'Bunman' (as it's also known) in an article for 'The 20 most disgusting films of all time' and, intrigued by a synopsis that included the words 'Human Pork Buns', thought I'd give it a go.
I settled for a second hand, uncut, subtitled disc of the film, which was made in Hong Kong in 1993, and after putting it in the player, was instantly hooked by an opening scene which - following a brutal scuffle between two men - culminates in the realistic looking torching of Wong's first victim.
Fast forward a few years and the story relocates from Hong Kong to a beach in Macau, China where two young children discover a plastic sack containing decomposing body parts buried beneath the sand.
Cue the introduction of the comedy cop ensemble and a moment of light relief as the 3 man, 1 women team bicker over who should retrieve the stinking appendages from the beach for further analysis.
Following some hilarious, sexist dialogue (which probably didn't translate very well from Cantonese to English!) it falls to the female rookie Bo (Emily Kwan) to do the deed just as her boss Inspector Lee (Danny Lee) arrives on the scene with the first in a succession of hookers! (Cue more sexist dialogue as the male cops ogle the seductive slapper).
After some buffoonish flirting at the police station the team eventually discover the identity of the female victim - by fingerprinting the decomposing hand - and head off to The Eight Immortals restaurant to question the new owner (Wong) about the wherabouts of the previous owners.
Unbeknown to them but graphically presented to us in a stomach churning scene moments earlier, Wong has just despatched a male employee who accused him of cheating at Mah-Jong and has used his flesh to fill a batch of barbecue pork buns which prove to be a hit with the customers.
Following some unproductive questioning by the police, Wong takes out his frustrations on an attractive waitress (who let slip the arrival of numerous letters from Hong Kong addressed to the previous owners) by subjecting her to a brutal rape and eventual death by chopsticks!
It turns out that the previous owners brother is in prison and after collating enough evidence to send Wong there, the film becomes a prison drama for it's last half hour with some shocking retribution scenes, including beating, urinating and an attempted suicide.
If you can stick with it to the final scene, we eventually get the 'Untold Story' which is even more shocking than anything that has gone before!
Directed by Herman Yau the film won Anthony Wong an award at the 13th Hong Kong Film Awards for his cold and chilling portrayal of the sadistic murderer and although interspersed with some black humour and comic moments, the film cannot escape from it's dark subject matter which was based on a true story.
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on 7 August 2008
The basic story..Body parts are found washed up on a beach and the police investigation leads to the "Eight immortals restaurant" where the previous owner and his family have mysteriously vanished. The shocking truth about what happened to them involving the current owner is eventually revealed..
This Hong Kong horror/thriller is the real deal and high quality in every way. Anthony Wong (Hard boiled) puts in an amazing creepy performance as the killer (a part that won him best actor at the Hong Kong film awards). Danny Lee (The Killer) is also good as the cool guy detective. Herman Yau's direction is impressive and stylish with tremendous energy and there is also a good score. The gore and violence is pretty full on stuff including the infamous family slaughter, a nasty rape and more (I can't see this being released uncut in the UK anytime soon). There has been some criticism about the comedy cop moments as some people think they could lessen the impact of the more serious stuff. These scenes are silly and not really that funny but personally they don't bother me, and I don't believe they effect the darker moments when they come that remain brutal.
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on 29 November 2014
Pretty much what you would expect. Killing children is not necessary a put off, but there has to be a damn good reason. No here, this is just unpleasant. Well made though, hence the two stars.
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on 19 April 2010
A loony restaurant owner serves up menu items containing human flesh to his customers in this bizarre 1990s horror/black comedy film from Hong Kong.

"The Untold Story" is a deranged sort of movie that contains some scenes of extreme violence that are pretty hard to stomach. One particular scene where an entire family is murdered is almost unwatchable and there is also a very nasty scene containing sexual violence. There are some strong doses of black humour as well but most viewers will probably find the overall tone of the film to be sick and disgusting.

I know there is a definite market for films of this nature though and people who can sit through films like "Men Behind The Sun" and the notorious "Guinea Pig" movies will probably enjoy (if that is the right word) "The Untold Story".

This DVD version of the film is uncut with the options of Cantonese or Mandarin language and English subtitles. So, order yourself a Chinese takeaway and enjoy!
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