Oshima's Mega Rare Fantasy/Thriller
Original Twainese Title: MAO BIAN
also known as: THE CAT WITH TEN LIVES
abd THE CAT
director: Cheng Chow
starring: Yukari Oshima · Alex Fong · Lung Chien · Lung Hei · Ho Wei-Hsuing
· Hui Li-Kun
convoluted yet endearing fantasy thriller starring Yukari Oshima as a
Queen's mystical Devil cat, traveling through time, as she attempts to
escape a ravinous wolf. She finds herself in the wilderness outside modern-day
Hong Kong when the wolfman also materializes. A deadly fight ensues. Cat
yanks out the Wolf's fangs, but he magically turns them into knives. She
is stabbed in the leg but manages to defeat her attacker. Wounded, she
is rescued by a young man, Chun-Hai. And Cat rewards him by becoming his
feline pet and [ultimately] protector. However, Cat is secretly falling
in love with Chun-Hai, but she's content - at least temporarily - with
the traditional owner/pet relationship. She hopes to someday materialize
and reveal her true identity.
That part of the story is then put on hold for about a half hour. Instead,
enter new characters Kay and Ping, recent wide-eyed arrivals in Hong Kong.
He is suddenly ill with hepatitis and finds himself confined to a recovery
clinic. But this couple has limited funds and unless Ping can find a way
to make a lot of money, her husband will be forcibly discharged and die.
She works absurd hours at her textile job only to have the money stolen
in a street mugging. Ping then secures a "hostess" job at a
shady nightclub which results in getting raped by the gangster manager.
Embarrassed and ashamed, she commits suicide. Kay is furious when he discovers
what happened. He leaves the hospital and confronts the manager in the
parking lot, but is killed by him. The murder is seen by a young woman
who happens to be walking home from her job. The gangster realizes he
can't let the witness live, so he chases the girl to her apartment. As
he attempts to break in, she is rescued by her boyfriend Chun-Hai. For
safety, Chun-Hai takes his girlfriend to live at his apartment which he
shares with his pet cat, the forementioned feline played by Yukari Oshima.
[Whew! That was a long and winding road]
send thugs to kidnap the girl. Chun-Hai tried to fight them off but he's
knocked out. Once he's unconcious, Cat changes from cat-to-human and [impressively]
fights the bad guys. However, one of them is wearing a cross and [like
a vampire] she is repelled by it. But Cat manages to save the girl and
transform back into a cat before her master and/or girlfriend suspect
anything. The gangster realizes what has happened and tells his men: "You
have been protected by Jesus and God." Then.....
bizarre actioner was the first film by director Cheng Chow. He would only
make a handful of movies in the next 5 years span, quitting the business
with the Chinese takeover of HK studios in 1997. His next film would be
Ellen Chan's FATAL
LOVE, followed by THE
CASE OF THE SPIRIT OF BANANA. His last project would be a joint
venture with Chan Wai On, HORRIBLE
Chinese film with English subtitles; fullscreen format,
uncut 89 minutes; DVD encoded for ALL REGION NTSC WORLD FORMAT.
Extras include selected trailers.
Themes/Violence/Martial Arts Fighting/Rape
for Mature Audiences