The Untold Story

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The Untold Story
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Traditional 八仙飯店之人肉叉燒包
Simplified 八仙饭店之人肉叉烧包
Mandarin Bā Xiān Fàn Diàn Zhī Rén Ròu Chā Shāo Bāo
Cantonese Baat3 Sin1 Faan6 Dim3 Zi1 Jan4 Jeok4 Caa1 Siu1 Baau1
Directed by Herman Yau
Produced by Danny Lee
Written by Law Kam-fai
Sammy Lau
Starring Danny Lee
Anthony Wong
Music by Jonathan Wong
Cinematography Cho Wai-kee
Edited by Choi Hung
Production
company
Uniden Investments
Kwan Hung Films
Distributed by Newport Entertainment
Release date
  • 13 May 1993 (1993-05-13)
Running time
95 minutes
Country Hong Kong
Language Cantonese
Box office HK$15,763,018

The Untold Story is a 1993 Hong Kong crime-thriller film directed by Herman Yau and starring Danny Lee and Anthony Wong, with the former also serving as the film's producer.

The film is based on the "Eight Immortals Restaurant murders" that took place in 4 August 1985 in Macau.[1][2] While the massacre involving a family of 10 did occur at the restaurant, the alleged cannibalism is sensationalism inferred from the incomplete discovery of the victims' corpse, only finding limbs, and that there was a lack of telltale smell of decomposition despite the summer tropical heat.

The film was followed up by two unrelated sequels with The Untold Story 2, featuring Wong returning in a supporting role, and The Untold Story 3 with Lee returning in another role.

Plot[edit]

The story opens with Wong Chi-hang (Anthony Wong) fleeing the Hong Kong police, who are after him for murder. He winds up in Macau, where he takes a job as a cook at the 8 Immortals Restaurant. After getting busted for cheating at a game of Mahjong, Wong kills the owner and the family, taking over the restaurant himself. Meanwhile, the police, led by officer Lee (Danny Lee) are called out to a local beach. It seems that a bag of decomposing body parts has washed ashore.

The police begin to suspect Wong has both something to do with the washed up body parts and the disappearance of the family. Wong continues to gleefully murder any of his employees who suspect what might be going on . . . disposing of their bodies in a most interesting way.

Wong is captured near the middle of the film and placed in jail. The cops need a confession, so they place him in a cell with a relative of one of his victims in the hopes that he can beat it out of Wong.

Cast and roles[edit]

  • Anthony Wong as Wong Chi-hang
  • Danny Lee as Officer Lee
  • Emily Kwan as Bo
  • Lau Siu-ming as Cheng Lam
  • Shing Fui-On as Cheng Poon
  • Eric Kei as Robert
  • King Kong Lam as King Kong
  • Parkman Wong as Bull
  • James Ha as Wong's Hong Kong Mahjong buddy
  • Julie Lee as Pearl
  • Ben Wong Tin-dok as Hairdresser
  • Kowng Cho-fai as Macau policeman
  • Tony Leung Hung-wah as Doctor
  • Hui Sze-man as Cheng Lam's wife
  • So Wai-nam as Policeman
  • Dave Lam as Policeman at hospital
  • Ng Kwok-kin as Policeman
  • Fei Pak as Customs Officer Chan
  • Jacky Cheung Chun-hung as Inmate

Reception[edit]

Category III rating[edit]

In Hong Kong, due to its explicit and disturbing depictions of sex and violence involving the Wong Chi-hang character, The Untold Story was awarded a Category III rating (Persons Aged 18 and Above Only), the equivalent of the United States' NC-17 or X-ratings.

Box office[edit]

Despite its restrictive Category III rating, the managed to grossed an exceptional HK$15,763,018 at the Hong Kong box office during its theatrical tun from 13 May to 2 June 1993.

Awards[edit]

The Untold Story won its only nomination, with Anthony Wong winning his first award for Best Actor at the 13th Hong Kong Film Awards.

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