We’re Going to Eat You (Di yu wu men) (1980) Review

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We’re Going to Eat You (Di yu wu men) (1980): 7 out of 10: Monty Python had a wonderful sergeant character that would come out during a skit and claim that the skit was getting too silly. He would have worked overtime on this film.

Part Cannibal movie, part Kung-Fu flick, and part slapstick comedy; We’re Going to Eat You has all the makings of a complete disaster. It’s actually a fresh fun movie. Oh, and it’s very silly.

It starts with both some serious gore scenes and some very competent kung-fu. But by the time the over-sized transvestite starts threatening our characters with a fate worse than being eaten the film devolves into a rare kind of slapstick. One that is consistently funny.

The film breaks all the rules. Film characters with names like Agent 999 and Rolex should appear only in the absolute dumbest of comedies, a dainty woman eating a still-beating human heart should be shocking, not funny, and neither Abe Lincoln in blackface nor roller derby should ever be used during kung-fu fight scenes.

Yet We’re Going to Eat You has all these elements and more and still, I found myself with a big broad smile on my face. This is one silly cannibalistic, kung-fu, action-adventure film. Not that I necessarily want to see a serious one now I think about it.

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