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March 25th, 2002 Issue #101a

Hong Kong Digital is a recurring series of movie reviews by John Charles -- associate editor / film reviewer for Video Watchdog magazine and the author of The Hong Kong Filmography.

Devil Touch
(2002; Power Point Film Production)

Cover art courtesy Winson.

A Masterpiece
Highly Recommended
Very Good
Marginal Recommendation
Not Recommended
Definitely Not Recommended

Cantonese: Ji ming sing so yiu
Mandarin: Zhi ming xing sao rao
English: Fatal Sexual Harassment


Office worker Amy Cheung (Iris Chai Chi-yiu) goes berserk one morning and tries to stab her boss, Cheuk (Michael To Tai-yu), accusing him of sexual harassment and rape. Eager to keep the matter away from the police, the company launches an internal investigation, headed up by in-house lawyer Joe Wong (Alex Fong Chung-sun). As he speaks with Amy and Cheuk, we are presented with decidedly opposing views of just what happened, a la RASHOMON. The higher-ups (who include the film's producer, Henry Fong Ping) accept Amy's description of the event and Cheuk is suspended without pay, in spite of the fact that Joe believes the man is innocent. He's right: Amy and scheming department head Jacquline Yu (Pinky Cheung Man-chi) are lovers and conspired to bring about Cheuk's downfall, giving Jacquline a better shot at becoming the new CEO. Further to that end, she is working with accounts manager Lawrence (Ken Wong Hap-hei), who is dealing secretly with a rival company their firm is planning a merger with. However, Joe and Jacquline used to be lovers and he knows her scheming and duplicitous nature all too well.

Pinky Cheung Man-chi (left) and Iris Chai Chi-yiu (right). Image courtesy Winson.
Click here for a bonus image of Pinky Cheung (courtesy Winson)

There are plenty of bad movies coming out of HK these days but precious few that are any fun. Billy Tang Hin-sing's DEVIL TOUCH is exquisite, amoral trash that does nothing to boost one's hopes for an industry upswing but succeeds wonderfully within its unadventurous confines. With more and more HK B-movies being produced on digital video for the cost of a fake Rolex, it is a pleasure to view one presented with such eye-catching gloss. The three leads are beautifully photographed (Cheung, in particular, looks stunning) and the bloody violence, mild lesbianism, and false scares unfold in multi-million dollar homes that are to die for. There is also an unexpected bonus in that the plot is credibly structured, with enough twists and turns to hold one's interest on the occasions when nothing erotic or violent is filling the screen.

DVD Specs:

Winson #WDV 3075D
Dolby Digital 5.1 & 2.0
Sync Sound Cantonese and Dubbed Mandarin Language Tracks
Optional Subtitles In English or Chinese (Traditional or Simplified)
6 Chapters Illustrated In the Menu With Stills
Letterboxed (1.85:1)
Coded for ALL Regions
88 Minutes
Contains brutal violence, non-explicit sexual violence, mild sexual content, and some coarse language

DVD menu courtesy Winson.

Film Board Ratings and Consumer Advice

Hong Kong: IIB
Singapore: PG


Excessive use of digital video noise reduction has resulted in a lot of detail instability, detracting from what is, otherwise, a nice presentation. Blacks are deep and hues are attractive. Skin tones are a little washed out in spots but not distractingly so. The stereo mix is very effective, with a strong presence and expansive sound field. There are no extra features.

DEVIL TOUCH is available at Poker Industries.

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