Red to Kill

January 28, 2012 5 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

A home for the mentally ill is supposed to be a safe haven of sorts, where the patients can relax, be treated, and live in comfort. But in this institution, not everyone is safe and danger often lurks around dark corners, thanks to one twisted individual. This madman has a mental tick that causes his brain to contort when he sees the color red, which sends him into a spiral of madness that barrels toward violent results. One of the patients is Ming (Lily Chung), a sweet young woman with some mental issues, which make her slower than most people in terms of thought process and the like. As she dances about and enjoys herself, the sadistic madman watches and sees some red on her clothes, which snaps his mind into a violent overdrive. Soon afterwards, Ming is attacked by the rapist and subjected to a brutal round of abuse, one that will go unpunished unless someone takes a stand. That someone is Lok (Money Lo), a social worker who is friends with Ming and is determined to make the criminal face justice. But when Lok sets a risky trap for the rapist, will it pay off or will she become the next victim instead?

This is one of those nasty Category III films and of course, I am very pleased to Tai Seng release Red to Kill on American shores. As with most Cat. III movies, this one is not for the younger viewers or those easily offended, as it contains some rather graphic content. The rape scenes are quite graphic for instance, which is a bit of a surprise, as filmmakers usually use these scenes from a distance, but not in Red to Kill. So as tough as it might be watch at times, rape is one of the main elements used in this movie and as such, those with weak constitutions might not be interested. This film pulls no punches and never succumbs to the politically correct themes that Hollywood does, so be prepared for one nasty, violent ride. Ben Ng (The Eternal Evil of Asia) is awesome as the deranged, brutal rapist and really drives home the fear that needs to be present, while Lily Chung (Daughter of Darkness) also turns in a solid performance. This is not for the weak of heart or those easily offended, but fans of Asian shock should be well served here, while Tai Seng’s disc is a basic port of Universe’s remastered edition.

Video: How does it look?

Red to Kill is presented in a 1.85:1 widescreen transfer, which is not enhanced for widescreen televisions. The image looks good on the whole, but suffers from problems that often surface on Asian releases. The print looks a little worn in places and small defects abound, such as specks and nicks. Even so, most scenes look clean enough and some show no blemishes, so it is a mixed bag in that arena. The colors look excellent, especially the blue and red hues, which come through in superb form at all times. I saw no errors in terms of contrast, as shadow depth is solid and detail is never obscured. I would have loved a new anamorphic edition of course, but this one is quite good, all things considered.

Audio: How does it sound?

The included mono option is no audio masterpiece, but the basic elements come through well and that’s what counts here. The musical score is clean and well presented, while sound effects are clear and never overpower the other elements. The Cantonese dialogue is crisp and always at a proper volume balance, so no worries on that front either. This disc also includes a Mandarin language track, as well as Chinese and English subtitles.

Supplements: What are the extras?

This disc includes no bonus materials.

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