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The Peeping Tom
Year: 1997


DVD (Hong Kong)
Region 0 NTSC
Universe Laser
Cantonese and Mandarin Language Tracks
Removable English and Chinese Subtitles
Director: Ivan Lai Kai-Ming
Cast: Jade Leung Ching, Mark Cheng Ho-Nam, Miho Nomoto, Michael Tse Tin-Wah
The Skinny: This Category III thriller is watchable for fans of the genre, though it isn't truly noteworthy, either. Do not confuse this with the acclaimed British thriller directed by Michael Powell!
by Kozo:

     Fans of Category III smut may find this typical thriller entertaining. Mr. Category III Mark Cheng is an evil rapist who has a supreme leg fetish. He rapes and kills his victims, but always makes sure to preserve their legs. What we discover is that he enjoys hanging the severed legs from the roof of his fine serial killer abode, which is lit with cool blues like the best serial killer abodes are. Cop Jade Leung makes it her mission to take down the bastard. Mark's response: to pretty much announce that Jade will be his next victim.
     The typical elements of these thrillers (nudity, gore, routine depictions of depravity) should please those who find the stuff appealing, though the film itself is far from award-winning or even compelling. Aside from the usual issues with Category III thrillers (let's face it, the stuff is trash), Peeping Tom sinks to a new low of unbelievability. Mark makes it clear that Jade is his target, but still the cops have a hard time finding him, even though he pretty much hangs around in plain sight. Zero invention occurs either, though Jade's final act to snare her quarry is amusingly creative. For those who must know: Jade Leung keeps her clothes on. The majority of the nudity is provided by Japanese import Miho Nomoto, who was popularized by a supposed resemblance to Charlie Young. Truthfully, Nomoto does possess a passing resemblance to the winning actress, but that nugget of info doesn't make the film any better. (Kozo 1997)

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