Written by: Michael Den Boer on October 30th, 2008
Theatrical Release Date: Hong Kong, 1980
Director: Hark Tsui
Writer: Roy Szeto
Cast: Norman Chu, Feng Feng, Kwok Choi Hon, Eddy Ko, Michelle Mee, Melvin Wong, David Wu
DVD released: November 21st, 2006
Approximate running time: 90 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono Cantonese
DVD Release: Media Blasters/Tokyo Shock
Region Coding: Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $9.99
Synopsis: An undercover police officer looking for a fugitive finds the man he is looking for on an island inhabited by cannibals.
We’re going to Eat you is the second feature film directed by prolific filmmaker/producer Hark Tsui who other notable film’s as a director include Peking Opera Blues, The Master and Once Upon a Time in China 1,2 & 3. As a producer his notable films include A Better Tomorrow 1, 2 & 3, A Chinese Ghost Story 1, 2 & 3, The Killer and Iron Monkey. The score for We’re going to Eat you like many martial arts film’s from this era features music cues taken from various other films most recognizable motif in the film’s is a piece of music titled “Witch” taken from Goblin’s score from Dario Argento’s Suspiria.
The plot for We’re Going to Eat You combines two (at the time) popular genres Kung Fu and Cannibals. On the surface such an odd pairing does not seem feasible. That is until you see how legendary martial arts choreography Corey Yuen incorporates the cannibals’ weapons and their prey’s acrobatic counter moves to stay alive and not end up the next. The story is not that elaborate and the fighting scenes keep things moving along. The film features a cast of many absurd characters like a tall mannish looking woman and a blind man who other senses are razor sharp. The undercover police officer even goes under the amusing misnomer agent 999. Ultimately We’re Going to Eat You is an entertaining mix of action, cannibals and dark humor.
Tokyo Shock presents We’re Going to Eat You in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the film’s original aspect ratio. The source used for this transfer various in quality. There is noticeable print damage throughout. The print damage is never excessive or distracting to the presentation of the film. Colors fare well with a few instances where they looked faded or oversaturated. Details look reasonable sharp with some minor instances where the i8mage looks a tad soft. Overall while this is not a flawless presentation it is most likely the best this film will ever look outside of a major restoration.
This release comes with one audio option a Dolby Digital mono mix in Cantonese and removable English subtitles have been included. Outside of some minor backgrounds noise this audio mix is more than adequate in getting the job done.
Extras for this release include a brief stills gallery and trailers for The Great Yokai War, The Neighbor No. Thirteen, 7 Grand Masters and Izo. All these film’s that trailers have been included for are currently available on DVD from Tokyo Shock. Overall We’re Going to Eat You gets an average release from Tokyo Shock that is at least affordably priced.