|Red to Kill (1994)|
|Writers:||Ho Wa Wong|
|Starring:||Lily Chung, Money lo and Ben Ng|
|The Plot: Ming Ming (Lily Chung) is a special needs little girl whose father has recently died in a car accident. Ka Lok (Money Lo) is a social worker who is handed her case and helps her become comfortable within her new home for the mentally handicapped. This large school is run by Chan (Ben Ng) who is beloved by most everyone that knows him. Unfortunately, Chan has some serious issues that no one else knows about. For the most part he is the sweet and sentimental character that everyone sees him as, but whenever he sees the color red… he absolutely loses his mind. He strips off his clothing and looks for the first woman that he can rape. Muscular, covered in oil and wearing very little, he continually finds young women to take his aggressions out upon. However, when his attacks strike too close to home, Ka Lok will be the one to help avenge his injustices!|
While I think that Run and Kill had some of the more depraved moments between these two titles, Red to Kill definitely pushes the buttons of any person who might be slightly offended at the prospect of rape. Along with this consistent theme of rape, the movie also takes place in a mental home, so the thought of seeing those who are mentally handicapped being abused and denigrated is the other large attribute that this movie carries with it. Without a doubt this is the type of movie that doesn’t even know HOW to pull its punches. In fact, this is the sort of picture that you are going to have a hard time defending as a piece of entertainment on your shelf. There are many movies out there that deal with both the issues of rape and murder, but few deal with the subject matter with as much gleeful violence as this one does.
Ben Ng is absolutely legendary in his role as Chan. Consistently overacting throughout, he emotes more in this film than the culmination of every extra in every Charley Chaplin film combined. His oeuvre of moves consists of strange faces, heavy breathing, twitching, making more strange faces, twitching whilst breathing heavy and also… this guy can make some pretty strange faces! He even does all of this before he goes absolutely maniacal and shaves his head during the final third of the film. Ng is in fantastic shape here and Tang keeps him oiled up and flexing throughout many of his earliest scenes. Although his character is an outright monster and not one that ever elicits even the remotest feelings of sympathy, I would be an outright liar if I said I wasn’t entertained with his performance here. If there are any entertaining factors within Red to Kill, it is the performance of Mr. Ng. The rest of the cast all sell their roles just fine, including Lily Chung who is perhaps the sweetest and most sincere leading woman that you could possibly want in order to garner sympathy from the audience.