Dangerous Encounters of the First Kind (1981)

Genres - Crime  |   Sub-Genres - Crime Thriller, Juvenile Delinquency Film  |   Run Time - 100 min.  |   Countries - Hong Kong  |  
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Tsui Hark's original version of this violent and bloody film was first banned, and then censored and recut to eradicate any unwanted political comments. Although politics were not completely excised, the film runs mainly on high testosterone. Like many Hong Kong films of the slasher genre, the story introduces graphic scenes of violence, including short scenes of actual animal torture. The plot centers around a group of teenagers who accidentally run over a man, an unhappy event that is witnessed by the warped animal hater, played by Lin Chun Shi. She blackmails the teenagers into sadistic acts, one of which inadvertently lands them with a pile of Japanese money claimed by the mob. From there, the teenagers fight off malevolent white guys who do not wield anything less than AK-47s. Outgunned and outnumbered, the teens seem doomed to extinction in great, bloody, graphic detail. If a political statement can be found in the saga of bad whites against Chinese teens, it certainly does not involve passive resistance.

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bad-guy, blackmail, gangster, good-guy, hit-and-run, sadist, teenagers