- Actors: Lily Chung, Money Lo, Ben Ng, Chi Wai Tai, Bobby Yip
- Directors: Hin Sing 'Billy' Tang
- Writers: Ho Wa Wong
- Producers: Kimmy Shuen
- Format: Color, Subtitled, NTSC
- Language: Cantonese
- Subtitles: English
- Rated: Not RatedNR
- Number of tapes: 1
- Studio: Fantasia Home Video
- VHS Release Date: January 14, 2003
- Run Time: 91 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B00007ELI4
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #929,882 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
Red to Kill [VHS]
Top Customer Reviews
(Hong Kong - 1994)
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Theatrical soundtrack: Mono
Though Chinese cinema has always demonstrated a morbid fascination with violence and bloodshed - from the vintage horror films of Maxu Weibang through to Chang Cheh's splattery kung fu pictures of the 1970's - it wasn't until the early 90's that Hong Kong horror movies secured their strongest foothold within mainstream culture. Following the unexpected success of gruesome 'true crime' dramas DR. LAMB (1992) and THE UNTOLD STORY (1993) - both helmed by Danny Lee Sau-yin (Chow Yun-fat's cop nemesis in John Woo's THE KILLER) - the former colony was subsequently deluged by a wave of confrontational 'Category III' (Adults Only) movies, spearheaded by the work of controversial director Billy Tang Hin-shing. Already notorious for a scene in RUN AND KILL (1993) in which a little boy is burned alive in merciless detail, Tang proceeded to scale the heights of calculated outrage with RED TO KILL, arguably one of the most harrowing films ever made.
Orphaned by the sudden death of her parents, a mentally handicapped young woman (Lily Chung Suk-wai) is remanded to the care of a hostel for the disabled, where she falls prey to 'kindly' caretaker Ben Ng Ngai-cheung, a musclebound hulk whose charming demeanor belies his true nature: Traumatized by a childhood incident in which his mother slaughtered his father and brother with a meatcleaver, drenching him in blood, Ng's murderous psychosis is triggered by the color red, resulting in horrific explosions of rape and murder.Read more ›
As I believe someone in another review said, it is kind of hard to judge this film because, in a way, it is very well directed. I think the director really got what he was looking for and communicated it to the audience. The psycho is a terrifying piece of work. He comes right through the screen.
But watching a muscle bound Ben Ng morph into a bald-head supervillain rapist makes for uncomfortable viewing. I've seen many many hard films and I have to say I was a little disturbed by this one.
For those who haven't seen it yet, all I have to say is: watch it at your own risk and don't watch it with anyone who isn't into horror-shock or else they'll think YOU are a real wacko.
Ben Ng's portrayal of a psychopathic rapist who falls in love with a retarded girl whom he had raped is amazing. There is just something about the main antagonist is these Cat III films (I am thinking of Mr. Ng & Anthony Wong) that borders on frightening. The level of mania, and the exuberance which with these fine actors execute scene after scene with obvious psychotic glee is spellbinding. Me and my girlfriend were blown away by how unbelievably psychotic and deranged Ben Ng was in this gem. He easily rivals Anthony Wong (from 'The Untold Story' and 'Ebola Syndrome') for cinema's most wicked and insane psychopath...
If you are familiar with Cat III films, you know what to expect- over-the-top violence and wicked rape scenes unflinchingly caught by the lens. I have witnessed many of these films in the past 6 months, and this is one of the better ones...
Some may take issue with the fact that the majority of this film takes place in a home for the retarded. To me, that made the film all the more entertaining. Perhaps if I believed in hell, I would go there; but damn, I sure got some cheap laughs out of this film. The retarded actors and actresses were highly amusing. Me and my girlfriend couldn't help from laughing out loud at numerous scenes...
At the same time, there were some very touching elements to this film.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Red to Kill is a brutal rape/revenge flick from China made in the early 90's. A story about a boy who witnessess his father and brother get murdered by his own mother after she is... Read morePublished on December 25, 2007 by M.
I have to agree with the previous reviewer who said that the graphic rape seens are brutal, unforgiving, and rewarding in every way for the sick-minded among us. Read morePublished on March 11, 2006 by Matt Mazzuckelli
This one is a trip to say the least. It starts strange even from the menu (my menu's play button says "On Air"). Then we go steaming into the movie itself. Read morePublished on December 20, 2004 by B. Parker
junk. It purports to be disturbing, and it kind of is, but it's more annoying, jumpy and stupid. This has been done far better and with more talent. Read morePublished on June 22, 2004
This is probably the worst film I have ever sat through. Completely unfun and cruel. You a sick person to want to buy this. Watch it once maybe yes. Buy it? Sick and not fun. Read morePublished on October 31, 2002 by B. Gilchrist