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The Wrath of Silence
Chinese: 沉默的姑娘
Year: 1994
Director: Frankie Chan Fan-Kei
Cast: Anita Yuen Wing-Yee, Takeshi Kaneshiro (Gum Sing-Mo), Sin Lap-Man, Maggie Siu Mei-Kei, Emily Kwan Bo-Wai, Kui Hoi-Lun, Frankie Chan Fan-Kei, Ha Ping, Mars
The Skinny: When good stars make incredibly bad movies, the result is Wrath of Silence. Furthermore, once you've seen this film you'll wish Dragonball never existed.

Review
by Kozo:

There must be some people out there who want to see a teaming of Anita Yuen and Takeshi Kaneshiro, and this film grants their wish! Sadly, the resulting mess isn't a memorable movie of any sort. Instead, it's Wrath of Silence, a Category III schlockfest featuring some truly egregious references to the Dragonball craze.

Anita Yuen is Kwong Mei-Chi, a mortuary beautician who has a retarded sister. Said sister is a massive Dragonball fan and spends her time acting (badly) like she's in the cartoon. Sadly, she gets raped and murdered (in uncomfortably graphic detail) by a roving psychopath.

All clues point to psychiatrist Patrick Ko (Takeshi Kaneshiro), and despite his claims of innocence, Mei-Chi believes he's the bad guy. She attempts to kill him in various entertaining ways, including poison, knife, crossbow and more. Amazingly, those sequences provide about 90% of the film's entertainment value. Meanwhile, the real villain (Tan Lap-Man) befriends her.

Despite a few suspenseful moments, this routine thriller is essentially a waste of time. Aside from the questionable content, the characters lack any real likability. Surprisingly, this classification extends to Anita Yuen, who is normally anything but unlikable.

Only Takeshi Kaneshiro and Maggie Siu (as the requisite female cop) are worth watching here, but that's not a recommendation of this film. It's more like a "if you must watch this movie then pay attention to these two people." Really, our hope is that you stay far, far away from Wrath or Silence. (Kozo 1996)


 
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