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Issue #132 HOME E-mail: mail@dighkmovies.com BACK ISSUES November 4th, 2002

Bury Me High
(1991; Golden Harvest/Bo Ho Films/Tsui Siu Ming/Paragon Films)

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

Cantonese: Wai Si-lei ji ba wong se gaap
Mandarin: Wei Sili zhi ba wang xie jia
English: Wai Si-lei: Tyrant Strip Armor or Wei Sili: Tyrant Strip Armor

Inspired by RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK, this big budget fantasy adventure concerns a mountain region in the country of Carrinan, which possesses such potent feng shui, the descendants of those buried in its soil are rewarded with gifts like great knowledge or immense wealth. However, such blessings only last for a period of 24 years, unless a special ritual is performed. Americans Anna Wong (Moon Lee Choi-fung), whose corporation is facing ruin, and Wisely (Chin Kar-lok), who is dying of a brain tumor, travel to the area, accompanied by UCLA professor Chen (played by co-writer/action director/producer/director Tsui Siu-ming), seeking to reverse their recent ill-fortune. What they find is a country coming apart at the seams. The power mad General Nguen (Yuen Wah; click here for a still) has taken over and seeks to use the district's magical properties to turn his small country into a world power. Joining forces with a local rebel group, the Americans try to stop the General before he can implement his plan.

Beautifully photographed by Peter Pau Tak-hei (THE BRIDE WITH WHITE HAIR, CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON) on some spectacular locations, BURY ME HIGH features a near-constant series of action sequences, some staged on a scale rarely seen in HK cinema. These factors, combined with some fine martial arts and a unique (if not exactly plausible) storyline, make this well worth catching. The Wisely character is a famous figure in Chinese literature and has also been utilized in such films as THE SEVENTH CURSE, THE LEGEND OF WISELY, THE CAT, A TALE FROM THE EAST and THE WESLEY'S MYSTERIOUS FILE (sic). Sibelle Hu Hui-chung, Cho Wing, Kenneth Tsang Kong, Corey Yuen Kwai, and Paul Chun Pui also appear.

Cover art courtesy Universe.

Moon Lee and Tsui Siu-ming. Image courtesy Universe.
Universe #5100 (Hong Kong label)

Dolby Digital 2.0

Cantonese and Mandarin Language Tracks (both post-synched)

Optional Subtitles In English, Chinese (Traditional or Simplified), and Malaysian

8 Chapters Illustrated in the Menu With Clips

Letterboxed (1.89:1)

Coded for ALL Regions

97 Minutes (at 25 frames-per-second)

Contains moderate violence

DVD menu courtesy Universe.

Australia: R (Very Frequent Violence)
Hong Kong: II
Ontario: AA (Violence)
Singapore: PG

Minor wear can be seen throughout on the print source and DVNR-induced jitter and smearing are also occasionally apparent. Colors and contrasts are reasonably good and the haze in the image appears to be largely conceptual. As with the old Ocean Shores laserdisc, the audio is monaural (the end credits carry the Dolby Stereo logo) and surface noise can be heard from time-to-time. A trailer for this feature and one for THE MIRACLE FIGHTERS are the only extras.

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