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  • CAT III film appreciation

    I'm treading on new grounds in film, and Category IIIs are what I have my current eye on.

    Category III movies originate in Hong Kong and are "so extreme(in sex and/or violence)" that there was needed, a rating system that could distinguish them from the rest. They're the equivalent to the American NC-17.

    A few titles that are well known:

    the Men Behind the Sun series

    Riki-Oh(The Story of Ricky)

    Dr Lamb

    The Untold Story

    Softcore pornography aside, I'm really only seeking and watching the bizarre n' violent. I'll gladly accept any recommendation(s).
    Here are a few titles that don't really see the limelight that I enjoy(anything similar would be appreciated):
    Ebola Syndrome
    Devil Fetus
    Calamity of Snakes

  • #2
    I don't know if this is the kinda thing you are talking about?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gPvNjpxc27w

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uROMTzJsfOI

    Also i have heard "Mermaid in a Manhole" is really twisted but is kind of hard to find. From what i have heard about the movie it sounds like an older, more gorier "Marebito", but i have not seen it yet so can't really confirm that. It could even be Japanese.

    I remember reading somewhere that Herman Yau (director Ebola Syndrome) made a lot of movies that fit into the Cat III rating. I could be wrong.
    Last edited by razors_for_fingers; 02-24-2010, 10:28 PM.

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    • #3
      Both Marebito and the Guinea Pig series come from the good land of Japan. CAT III rated movies are from Hong Kong.

      The Guinea Pig series can be found @ Amazon for 25 dollars each on DVD, new(double features).

      I've been meaning to check out Marebito. I love movies that take place or are based around dark subway systems(End of the Line, Moebius, Kontroll). I want to say that Marebito doesn't contain the extreme content I'm searching for, though.

      I've got Yau's Taxi Hunter in queue. He also die-rected The Untold Story.

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      • #4
        Men Behind The Sun, Riki-Oh, The Untold Story and Ebola Syndrome are all great movies that I enjoy very much.

        My friends call me weird for liking these movies, but screw em .. better then watching Sin City or Shawshank over and over

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        • #5
          Originally posted by dead breed View Post
          Men Behind The Sun, Riki-Oh, The Untold Story and Ebola Syndrome are all great movies that I enjoy very much.

          My friends call me weird for liking these movies, but screw em .. better then watching Sin City or Shawshank over and over
          Raise your morbidity flag on high and with pride, man.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by LaArana View Post
            Both Marebito and the Guinea Pig series come from the good land of Japan. CAT III rated movies are from Hong Kong.

            The Guinea Pig series can be found @ Amazon for 25 dollars each on DVD, new(double features).

            I've been meaning to check out Marebito. I love movies that take place or are based around dark subway systems(End of the Line, Moebius, Kontroll). I want to say that Marebito doesn't contain the extreme content I'm searching for, though.

            I've got Yau's Taxi Hunter in queue. He also die-rected The Untold Story.
            Thanks for the Amazon tip. I've never purchased anything from the site before so i will check it out.

            Other than Story of Ricky and Ebola Syndrome i don't think i have seen many CAT III rated films, it's something i will have to look into more. Let us know if Taxi Hunter is any good.

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            • #7
              Untold Story is especially badass, so is Ebola and Riki.

              Here's one i've been meaning to check out...



              http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0086640/
              Last edited by travisbickle; 03-03-2010, 01:35 AM.

              My DVD's/Blu's

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              • #8
                Seeding of a Ghost is must-see material if you're into this type o' shit. The Boxer's Omen also comes into mind, which, to me, is the greater of the two. Devil Fetus is another title that just contains strange bs throughout. Fun stuff.

                I'm looking for other titles like these, if anyone can help.

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                • #9
                  LaArana, did you ever check out Taxi Hunter? If so, how was it?

                  I actually just looked this over today and it sounds really cool, with Lau and Wong it seems you can't go wrong.

                  That rhymed!

                  My DVD's/Blu's

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                  • #10
                    Pretty cool vid regarding Cat III I watched last night. The dude has some pretty cool dvds.


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                    • #11
                      Big fan of CAT III movies, Anthony Wong is the man!

                      On dvd i have-
                      Men Behind The Sun (are the sequels any good?)
                      The Untold Story
                      Dr.Lamb
                      Ebola Syndrome
                      Black Sun - The Nanking Massacre

                      On vcd-
                      A Chinese Torture Chamber Story (outrageous and hilarious in equal measure)
                      Underground Banker
                      Untold Story 2 (shit)
                      Raped By An Angel 3 (shit)
                      New Tenant (directed by Wong himself)
                      Beast Cops (excellent)
                      The Executioners
                      Dangerous Encounters of The First Kind (unrelentingly violent)
                      Red To Kill (UNFORGETTABLE!!!!)
                      Brother of Darkness
                      Erotic Ghost Story
                      Robotrix
                      Naked Killer
                      Insanity
                      Run and Kill
                      Retribution Sight Unseen
                      The Day That Doesn't Exist (another one for the 'Modern Cannibal' thread!)

                      Some of these vcds have no subs but the stories are so straight forward it's easy to know what's going on. I'm gonna have a hunt around for Taxi Hunter and The Boxer's Omen (MO) next.

                      I've never seen Riki-Oh, is it worth a look?

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Philhfc View Post

                        I've never seen Riki-Oh, is it worth a look?
                        For sure dude!

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                        • #13
                          @ DeadBreed- Bad ass, man! Some of these titles are new to me and just what I've been looking for.

                          Grotesque ('09) is like something I can pass on.
                          Red to Kill reads like my type-o trash. I probably have it already... somewhere. Hin Sing Billy Tang did die-rect it, along with Run and Kill ('93)(didn't love, but the ending blew my mind) He also is the mastermind behind Dr Lamb ('92) : D

                          The guy also mentions, Bloody Reunion, which sounds uber coo,' but is from S Korea. I'ma give it a go anyways.

                          Intruder ('97) is one I'll be watching soon. This one really heightens my eagerness.

                          Originally posted by Philhfc View Post
                          Big fan of CAT III movies, Anthony Wong is the man!
                          Black Sun - The Nanking Massacre
                          The Executioners
                          Dangerous Encounters of The First Kind (unrelentingly violent)
                          Red To Kill (UNFORGETTABLE!!!!)
                          Brother of Darkness
                          Robotrix
                          Insanity
                          Retribution Sight Unseen
                          The Day That Doesn't Exist (another one for the 'Modern Cannibal' thread!)

                          Some of these vcds have no subs but the stories are so straight forward it's easy to know what's going on. I'm gonna have a hunt around for Taxi Hunter and The Boxer's Omen (MO) next.

                          I've never seen Riki-Oh, is it worth a look?
                          Anthony Wong is indeed the man. I even watched The Storm Riders(uncut) for his appearance(and it isn't a bad HK cine, at all).

                          All the movies I've quoted out of your list - I haven't seen. LOVE A Chinese Torture Story, Naked Killer, and The Executioner. The Underground Banker has been collecting dust, though.

                          Say, I'm surprised you've yet to see Ricky(Rikki-oh). That's one of my all time faves. Get your filthy hands on it, stat. The Boxer's Omen is one of the best supernatural Shaw Bros Pro. Weird stuff, like flying-head-and entrails action IE: Mystics in Bali(Indonesian cult).

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by LaArana View Post
                            Weird stuff, like flying-head-and entrails action IE: Mystics in Bali(Indonesian cult).
                            Mystics in Bali sounds great, I'll have to get my hands on this one. It's $22 on amazon.

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                            • #15
                              Mystics in Bali is something else... Mondo Macabre released that one. Those DVDs of theirs seem to go OOP fast. Personally, I wouldn't pay that amount for MiB. Well, I guess 17 bucks ain't bad. Beware: there is a lot of cackling in the film. 3 minute cackling sessions. It's good for one watch, though.

                              If you want the best Indonesian exploitation you can get your hands on, try the Asian Action Deadly Dolls DF with Lady Terminator and Dangerous Seductress. Funniest movies ever. (avoid all Barry Prima)

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