Wow, what to say about The Boxer's Omen? One of the most mind-bending, visually imaginative and all-together fucked films I've seen in awhile. A simple plot synopsis, though it cannot do the film justice, is necessary to understand what the hell is actually going on.
already forgotten the name of Lung Wei Wang's character, but we'll just
call him Lung for clarification purposes, and Bolo Yeung, we'll call
Bolo. So, Lung's brother is beaten by shady methods in a boxing match
with Bolo, and Lung is asked to seek revenge for the now paralyzed
brother. He travels from Hong Kong to Thailand to confront Bolo and
demand a match to avenge his brother. He is then drawn to a temple that
bears a glowing arch that is identical to the one he saw in his dream.
There he is informed by the monks that he was chosen by their lama to
come to them to free the now near-dead (actually imprisoned by a dark
spell) lama from some horrible black magic curse. The almost-dead lama
speaks to Lung and tells him that they are twins and that if the lama
cannot acheive immortality then Lung too will die. So Lung becomes a
monk and sets about training to break the curse and avenge his brother
and stay alive. The movie shifts incomprehensibly back and forth
between Hong Kong and Thailand, and I could never be sure where they
were exactly, as everything looked the saem.
reading that summary back again, I can't even believe how messed the
film is. But the best part? Oh yeah, the best part are the amazing
effects, gloriously gory and gruesome and slimy practical and stop
motion effects involving the blackest of magics. The lighting is also
fantastic and trippy, and shares much with the contrasting primary
colour schemes of Argento's Suspiria and Inferno.
read a review that said if Jodorowsky and Coffin Joe got together and
made a martial arts/horror film in Hong Kong, this would be it. I can't
think of anything more to say than that is probably the most apt
description for The Boxer's Omen. Unlike anything I've seen before, and
doubt I'll see anything like it again.