The Boxer's Omen

The Boxer's Omen

A FILM BY: Chih-Hung Kuei
WRITTEN BY: Chih-Hung Kuei (story), On Szeto (screenplay)
STARRING: Phillip Ko, Shao-Yen Lin, Kar-Man Wai

The basic plot line of THE BOXER'S OMEN, involving the brother of a paralyzed boxer traveling to Thailand to seek vengeance upon beloved Bruce Lee foil Bolo Yeung, could little prepare you for the myriad viscous atrocities and grotesque fantasias that form the heart of the legendary Shaw Brothers Studio's most notorious foray into the horror genre. Playing out mostly as a protracted supernatural duel, by way of convoluted magic rituals involving regurgitated food, slimy, unidentifiable viscera, and uncanny, enchanted animals, between cosmic Buddhist twins and a collective of dark wizards intent on preventing them from achieving immortality, THE BOXER'S OMEN broke ground in Hong Kong genre cinema by marrying the martial arts action the Shaw Brothers were known for with gory, surreal imagery recalling Lucio Fulci and the heyday of Italian horror. A particularly stylish entry in the cycle of stomach-churning black magic horror films that proliferated throughout Hong Kong in the 1980s, thanks to the steady hand and careful eye of veteran Shaw Brothers director Kuei Chih-Hung, THE BOXER'S OMEN indirectly led to Hong Kong's infamous Category III film rating and left countless, flimsy imitators in its considerable wake.

Presented by The Front Row

Co-presented by Chicago Film Society

Technical Information

Production Year: 1983
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Language: Chinese (Mandarin)
Run Time: 99 mins
Format: 35mm