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Human Lanterns [Special Edition] [DVD] [1982]

  • SKU: 8811057
  • Release Date: 06/10/2008
  • Rating: NR

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    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (2 out of 2)

    Special Features

    • Shaw's Baby Doll: An interview with Shawn Yin Yin
    • The Skin Peel Scene (Alternate Take)
    • Production stills gallery
    • Trailers


    Human Lanterns
    Chao Chun-fang (Lo Lieh), a mentally unbalanced lantern maker gets a chance to avenge his mistreatment by two rich and powerful men when one of the men (who are enemies, in fact) asks him to make special lanterns for an approaching festival. Chao then methodically kills three female family members of the two wealthy men and peels off their skin to use as a covering for the lanterns. These acts are shown in full detail -- not a movie for anyone sensitive to the victimization of women in films, nor for those who are aware of the Nazi antecedent of constructing lampshades out of the skin of their victims, nor for those who would find the actions objectionable on any grounds. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Lo Lieh
      Lo Lieh - Chao Chun-fang
    • Chen Kuan-Tai
      Chen Kuan-Tai - Tan Fu
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      Tanny - Lung' Wife
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      Lo Mang - Kuei Szu-yi
    • Sun Chien
      Sun Chien - Pan Te

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Kung fu/Horror Wu Xia


      Human Lanterns stars Liu Yung, Chen Kaun-Tai, Lo Lieh, Tanny Tien Nim, with a guest star appearance of Lo Meng. Tang Chia and Huang Pei-Chi are martial arts directors. Tsao An-Shun is Cinematographer. Chen Ching-Shen is art director. Screenplay by Ni Kuang and Sun Chung. Produced by Mona Fong, and presented by Runme Shaw. I won't give this the glorious review that the one of the other reviewers did. First off, if you know about difference between Sir Run Run Shaw's tastes and Runme Shaw's taste; then it should be a dead give away that this is going to be a bit more blood thirsty and a bit vicious. This is nowhere near the best film that Shaw Brothers produced in my option, but I tend to like historical-period films or traditional Wu Xia a bit better than horror films. Also Shaw Brothers films that I tend to like better tend to involve Chang Cheh or Liu Cha-Liang This is a horror film with a lot of kung fu in it. I wouldn't say that this is a bad film. It is a tragic and very dark Wu Xia story - that is to say that this is a horror sword-fantasy movie. It is dark, and it leads you down that dark path with it so that you can explore the twisted souls of those involved. The main characters (played by Liu Yung and Lo Lieh) don't have redeeming traits. One of the secondary characters (played by Chen Kwan-Tai) is at least an honorable man. Hatred and villainy cause their own repercussions. That is what this movie is about. Yes, they are skinning women alive to make lanterns. This film is not for the weak of heart. If you like horror movies and you also like kung fu movies, this is not a bad pick. It is does not have the gross-out level of Boxers Omen, and it has far more kung fu. [I think that the skinning scene in Stuart Gordon's DAGON was much more grizzily.] --- Extras "Shaw's Baby Doll :: An Interview with Shawn Yin Yin" The Skin Peel Scene (Alternate Take) Production Stills Gallery Trailers (Shaw Brothers and a separate menu with some other Trailers)

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      unique horror/martial arts


      One of the finest martial arts films in the Shaw Brothers retinue. The storyline is profound, cohesive, well paced, and utterly teeming with allegorical allegations of just why it's unwise to push people to far. Fantastical, realistic, and superbly filmed. Human Lanterns is a film for the horror/martial arts eccentric. The action is superbly shot. The atmosphere is positively spooky. Lo Lieh (the main villian) relishes his role second to none of the past greats, ie: Bela Lugosi. There are no bars held in this martial arts nightmare. The cinematography is lavish and very beautiful. The acting is spot on and the dialogue delivered perfectly. The best part is the action of course and the continuity in the fight scenes is definitely some of the finest you'll see in a Shaw Brothers film. A must have for the more serious/grimmer Shaws fan. It is a shame Sun Cien (venoms star kicker) was not made better use of in the film, but Lo Mang's cameo is fully satisfying. The attitude! This film exudes of it. If your a Chen Kuan Tai (southern china king boxer when Shaws discovered him), Liu Yung, Lo Lieh, or Lo Mang fan you'd simply be foolish not to purchase this film. Probably my favorite Shaws film and I possess over 400 of them. For any further info on this film, any Shaws films, or any japanese/chinese cinema just drop by kungfucinema. You'll get it. There may be some who disagree with this review but this film will certaintly hold anyone's attention from beginning to end.

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