Written by: Michael Den Boer on November 21st, 2007
Theatrical Release Date: Hong Kong, 1995
Director: Bosco Lam
Writer: Cheuk Bing
Cast: Julie Lee, Siu-Kei Lee, Ching Mai, Lawrence Ng, Elvis Tsui, Kwong Leung Wong, King-Tan Yuen, Yvonne Yung
DVD released: November 13th, 2007
Approximate running time: 93 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo Cantonese
Subtitles: English, Crazy English
DVD Release: Discotek
Region Coding: Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $19.95
A Chinese Torture Chamber Story wastes no time establishing itself as one of the most notorious Category three films ever made. The opening credits set the tone immediately with various acts of torture on display including the severing of a man’s balls and penis. The film moves quickly once the opening credits have finished as the story is told mostly in flashback with torturing scenes in-between each flashback. In the 1990’s no one brought the masses trashy violent cinema like producer Jing Wong who other Category three classic include Naked Killer and Naked Killer 2: Raped by an Angel. Jing Wong would hit the peak with 1995’s a Chinese Torture Chamber Story.
Too say what happens in this film is absurd or just down right silly doesn’t fully give this film its just due. Besides the numerous acts of torture the films also features many spectacular marital arts sequences including one where two lovers incorporate sex into their martial arts battles. Marital arts moves like “Invincible Mouth,” “Oral Attack,” “Invincible Wheel,” and “Wonder Screw” all make up there wondrous arsenal of carnal fu. This style of marital arts must be seen to fully appreciate it in all of its glory.
The film also features a running gag where the song ‘Unchained Melody” plays every time Little Cabbage touches her husband with the usually large member. The funniest moment in the film is when Little Cabbage’s husbands’ penis is about to explode and she mounts him so he can go out with pleasure instead of pain. This scene borrows heavily from the scene in the movie Ghost where Demi Moore is making pottery.
This release comes with two subtitle tacks one with more serious literal subtitles and the other is the over the top subtitles created during the films original release. The film is already so far our out there with literal subtitles that watching it with the more crazy Hong Kong subtitles to this film to yet another nirvana very few films have attained. The film features plenty of comedy and while most can be lost in translation the bulk of what is being said or done for the sake of comedy is pretty easy to appreciate. Ultimately a Chinese Torture Chamber Story is a film that defies all logic and yet it is so much fun even despite its vulgar and often brutal subject matter.
The transfer for A Chinese Torture Chamber Story looks exceptional as detail leap from the screen and colors look vivid throughout. This is the best looking transfer that I have seen on DVD for any Hong Kong film that was made during the 1990’s.
The audio is equally impressive as is if dynamic and spread out evenly. There are no problems with any audio defects and two English subtitle option have been included.
Extras include a photo Gallery (14 stills), bios for Lawerence NG and Yvonne Yung, “Amazing display of Kung Fu flying sex!” (Allows you to Jump to this scene in the movie), the original trailer for A Chinese Torture Chamber Story, trailers for other titles currently available from Discotek on DVD and a reversible cover with alternate artwork. Despite the lack of movie related extra content the superb audio/video presentation makes this release from Discotek a must have purchase.