Life Is Cheap... But Toilet Paper Is Expensive
|Life Is Cheap... But Toilet Paper Is Expensive|
|Directed by||Wayne Wang|
|Produced by||Winnie Mokri|
|Written by||Spencer Nakasako
|Starring||Cheng Wan Kin|
|Music by||Mark Adler|
|Edited by||Sandy Nervig|
|Distributed by||Lions Gate Entertainment
Life Is Cheap... But Toilet Paper Is Expensive is a 1989 film directed by Wayne Wang. The film stars Cheng Wan Kin and John Chan. It won an award at the 1990 Rotterdam International Film Festival.
The film was the subject of controversy when it originally received an X rating from the Motion Picture Association of America, the distributor, Silverlight Entertainment, chose to release it without this rating and with a self-anointed adults-only A rating. On their TV show for the week of August 13-17, 1990, the late film critics Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert praised the decision to apply the A rating since it was a concept they had often discussed on At the Movies in the context of harshly criticizing the MPAA's standards of forcing serious films aimed at adult audiences to either undergo damaging edits to receive R ratings or be locked out of most theatrical and advertising outlets. Both critics, however, also said the film itself was not very good.
A man is hired, by people he believes to be gangsters, to deliver a briefcase from America to Hong Kong.
- Cheng Wan Kin as Duck Killer
- John Chan as The Son In Law
- Kwan-Min Cheng as Uncle Cheng
- Allen Fong as Taxi Driver
- Rocky Wing Cheung Ho as Punk #2
- Angela Yu Chien as Blue Velvet
- Canby, Vincent (1990-08-24). "Life Is Cheap... But Toilet Paper Is Expensive (1991) Review/Film; A Quirky Return to Hong Kong, the Last Frontier". The New York Times.
- "KNF Award". International Film Festival Rotterdam. Archived from the original on 2013-03-07.
- Fox, David (July 25, 1990). "Distributor Rejects X Rating, Gives Its Adult Film an A". The Los Angeles Times.
- "Flatliners / Young Guns II / The Two Jakes (1990).". Siskel & Ebert. Event begins at 17:46. Retrieved August 12, 2015.
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