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Brother of Darkness


Director: Billy Tang

Stars: Ng Doi Yung, Lo Man Yee, Lily Chung, Hoi Ka-Kui, Anthony Wong

Another in the series of "true crime" Category III films done by "Bloody" Billy Tang, Brother of Darkness tells the story of a man who brutally kills his brother after years of abuse. While it has most of the ingredients of a successful Cat III movie -- most notably lots of sex and violence -- Brother of Darkness fails to deliver most of the thrills and shocks that fans of the genre have come to expect from the director of such movies as Dr. Lamb. It's almost too clean; the sex scenes seem more appropriate for an episode of Red Shoe Diaries or some other softcore "romantic" fluff, and the violence -- while pretty bloody -- isn't as over-the-top as most other Cat III movies. And Anthony Wong doesn't kill anyone, do any drugs, or even swear! This isn't a horrible movie, but it just can't seem to decide whether it's a serious family drama or a Cat III exploitation flick and, as such, isn't really all that satisfying to fans of either genre.


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