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Wicked City (1992)

Yao shou du shi (original title)
Taki is assigned to go after Daishu, a businessman who is suspected by the police to be selling the drug "happiness", a drug from the Rapter's world that causes people to "evaporate" if ... See full summary »

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Tai Kit Mak (as Peter Mak)

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Hideyuki Kikuchi (novel), Roy Szeto | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
Leon Lai ... Renzaburô Taki / Lung
Jacky Cheung ... Jing Gwok-keuhng / Ken Kai
Michelle Reis ... Wan-Gei
Tatsuya Nakadai ... Yuen Tai-Chung
Roy Cheung ... Gwei Zung-dou
Woo-Ping Yuen ... Sergeant Kayama
Carman Lee ... Sheila / Ji-Loh
Reiko Hayama Reiko Hayama ... Perrier / Spider Woman
Lisa Be Lisa Be ... Shapeshifter
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chi Fai Chan
Siu Cheung Siu Cheung
Shu-Kei Chow Shu-Kei Chow ... Anti-Rapter Agent
Chi-Moon Ho Chi-Moon Ho
Wai Keung Hui Wai Keung Hui
Gong Lam Gong Lam
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Taki is assigned to go after Daishu, a businessman who is suspected by the police to be selling the drug "happiness", a drug from the Rapter's world that causes people to "evaporate" if they stop taking it. Actually it is another group of Rapters that are selling the happiness. The second group attacks Daishu's group, and eventually Taki, Daishu, and Daishu's daughter join forces to fight the evil Rapters. Lots of psychic powers, shape changing and general weirdness. Written by Marty Hoff <martang@evtech.com>

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Action | Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

Hong Kong | Japan

Language:

Cantonese | English

Release Date:

20 November 1992 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Wicked City See more »

Filming Locations:

Hong Kong, China

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Budget:

HKD10,778,465 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Baffling Adaptation
15 May 2000 | by sora-2See all my reviews

I just watched the anime and live-action versions of "Wicked City" back-to-back, and find it almost impossible to believe that they were based upon the same source material.

The original, Japanese animated version of "Wicked City" was a wildly original blend of supernatural horror, film noir, and secret agent adventure. It's tale of humans and demons battling on earth was really compelling, thanks to some interesting characters (the MIB-like Black Guard) and visuals (a spider-woman assassin, demons whose severed body parts continue to do battle).

The Tsui Hark-produced live action version virtually jettisons everything plot-wise that the anime version built up. The setting is Hong Kong instead of Tokyo, instead of supernatural demons, the villains are alien "Reptoids" (whose origins remain murky). Whereas the anime version drew energy from the conflict/romance between the partnering of the male human agent and the female demon one, plus an impending showdown between the two worlds, the Hong Kong version is more like a modern mafia drama with its multi-leveled relations and betrayals, only that the mobsters are shape-shifting reptillian monsters.

The film begins promisingly enough with what initially promises to be a scene-by-scene recreation of the prostitute/spider woman attack that opens the animated version. Before the segment ends, you already get the sense that something is amiss.

A couple of other visuals are swiped from the animated version: the lead agent's big gun, the female reptoid has laser-like claws that pop out of her hand like the demon-world female agent in the anime.

After that, everything is different - the plotting, character dynamics, everything.

Judged on its own merits, "Wicked City" has some impressive (though low-budget) special effects, an interesting visual style and decent fight choreography. However, I would take the animated version over this film any day.


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