17. A Horror Film From the Hong Kong New Wave(1979-1984).
Did Italian horror cinema have an influence on director Tsui Hark? Well, between the title of this movie — which comes from the tagline for Zombie — and the fact that it stole its soundtrack from Suspiria, I would say yes. There’s also a fair bit taken from Sacrifice! and Cannibal Holocaust as well as The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
Also called Hell Has No Gates, No Door to Hell and Kung Fu Cannibal, this is about Agent 999 (Norman Chu) who is after Rolex (Melvin Wong), a thief, all the way to a cannibal village. Yet Rolex ends up saving him from the cannibals just in time for he himself to get chowed down on.
This is like a film noir detective against flesh eating ghouls mixed with comedy and ill-advised transvestite comedy. It doesn’t work as much as you’d hope, but Hark would move on from thie and The Butterfly Murders to Dangerous Encounters of the First Kind and Zu: Warriors from the Magic Mountain.