Reviewed by Russell Dyball
Rating: 10 Beans
hey are moments suspended in amber.
Priceless words and images that are so indelible, they become a part of our shared heritage.
John Travolta's "Exterminate all man-animals at will!" in "Battlefield Earth". Elizabeth Berkely flopping like a hooked trout in the swimming pool in "Showgirls". Madonna doing just about anything in any of her films. These are the events that truly define the parameters of le bad cinema, the things that instantly secure a film a place at the feast in Bad Movie Valhalla.
Clarence Fok-Yiu Leung's "Naked Killer" has many such moments. What elevates it into the pantheon of bad movies may vary from viewer to viewer, however.
-For some, it may simply be the deceptively simple story: the tale of Kitty (Chingmy Yau), a young woman taken under the wing of Sister Cindy (Wai Yu, who looks disturbingly like Dr. Frank-N-Furter at times in this film). Cindy trains Kitty to be an
assassin, and eventually their paths cross with Cindy's former pupil, Princess (Carrie Ng). Princess and her lesbian lover, Baby (Madoka Sugawara) spend a lot of time making out and killing bad, bad men. All this intrigue is particularly vexing to Kitty's would-be boyfriend, police detective Tinam (Simon Yam).
-Perhaps Tinam's subplot is the kicker here: while on a case, Tinam accidentally killed his brother, which, as all psychologists know, causes Tinam to indulge in some Bruce Campbell-style acting and vomiting whenever he draws his gun.
-For other folks, the scenes where Cindy and Kitty practice their skills on some random perverts and rapists chained up in Cindy's basement might be it.
-Maybe it's the constant scenes of crotch trauma: people are stabbed, shot, and kicked between the legs so often, it's unsure at times whether you're watching "Naked Killer" or "Hong Kong's Funniest Home Videos".
-Or maybe it's the "sexy scenes": Tinam appears to be head-butting Kitty's neck, but apparently he's kissing her in those shots. The girl-on-girl elements are stronger and more interesting; Princess and Baby spin-off, anyone?
-When all is said and done, it could be something as small as the director's name: Clarence FOK-YIU Leung is enough to get some giggling like a seven-year old.
-For me, it's simply one line of dialogue spoken by Tinam's Jerry Lewis-like partner, "Jerky". In my book any film that contains a scene where a character looks up to the heavens and utters:
"What's that? Are you trying to tell me that I ate the lost genitals?"
is quite simply an instant classic.
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