"This world of ours is full of cannibals. It all depends on what you call food."
- Thief to Rolex
While chasing a criminal named Rolex (Melvin Wong), Agent 999 (Tsui Siu-keung) stumbles upon an even greater evil--a primitive, impoverished village that has resorted to cannibalism. An expert at kung fu, Agent 999 must decide whether he will join his old foe in fighting off the hordes of crazed, masked peasants. WE ARE GOING TO EAT YOU is director Tsui Hark's second film, following his debut, BUTTERFLY MURDERS, which also explores the horror genre. Without the budget for complicated special effects, WE ARE GOING TO EAT YOU relies on energetic editing (a Hark trademark) and gross-out scenes to move the story along. The gore has a campiness that will appeal to the most bloodthirsty fans of slasher films--in one scene a man is sawed in two, while in another a beating heart is ripped from a man's chest. Comedic elements are added in the characters of a bumbling thief and a cross-dressing male with a voracious sexual appetite. Hark would later return to the horror genre by producing A CHINESE GHOST STORY and directing GREEN SNAKE.
WE ARE GOING TO EAT YOU is vintage schlock fare from the darkest annals of the Hong Kong vault, concerning a rivalry between warring kung-fu schools with cannibalistic inclinations. This is a early film from director Tsui Hark, who would go on to loftier projects and international acclaim.
In a nod to Italian horror cinema, part of the score is from Dario Argento's SUSPIRIA.