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Chinese Cannibal Killer (2018) Beijing True-Crime Thriller
Chinese Cannibal Killer (2018) Beijing True-Crime Thriller

original Hong Kong / Chinese title: XIONG SHOU [Killer]

director: Chen Run
starring: Pan Dong Zheng Men Gyao Xiao Hang Jia Xue Liu Xia-Qiao Liu Xiao Jia Dong Shaobo

This is the story of a perverted killer Yong Jing, a man with control fantasies. As played by Pan Dong [host of a popular music variety TV series, Sheng Ru Ren Xin (Direct Into People's Hearts)], here is a lonely boy who - with the loss of his parents - has no family and no friends. Of course, he also has no lover and nor prospects. One night, while cruising the boulevard, he gives a ride to a very drunk hooker from a local club. The encounter results in the girl's accidental death (she mocks him for his impotency) causing Yong Jing to abduct more and more victims. Everything culminates when he meets Zi Qi, a sympathetic blind girl...

Kudos must be given to director Chen Run and producer Xue Shao for even attempting to make this kind of film in China today. The Ministry of Civil Affairs controls distribution and censorship of all creative works (including performance, film, written word). Among other things, the Beijing government does not permit "excessive horror, psychological pain, hysteria, causing strong stimulation to senses and emotions with uncomfortable pictures, lines, music, and sound effects." This movie tries to skirt the issue, but essentially the result is DR LAMB-lite. The cannibalism is played down considerably [the story is based on a Chinese true-crime event], and - instead - Yong Jing suffers from abandonment issues and essentially commits the murders to then turn his victims into dolls that he can control and manipulate.

A Mainland Chinese film, Mandarin language with Chinese and English subtitles; widescreen format,
uncut 62 minutes, DVD encoded for ALL REGION NTSC WORLD FORMAT. Extras include selected

Violence/Sexual Brutality
Recommended for Mature Audiences

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