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Human Lanterns

Human Lanterns

Human Lanterns

1982 / 95min / 35mm

DIRECTOR: CHUNG SUN

CAST: TONY LIU, KUAN TAI CHEN, LIEH LO

Wuxia meets magic in this crazed cult classic, starring Lo Lieh as a skilled swordsman who skins his enemies’ loved ones and uses the bloody epidermis to make Chinese lamps—traditionally a symbol of long life, here put to ghoulishly ironic ends. The production design says top tier prestige, but the subject matter is as raw and nasty as it gets, the cast of characters a menagerie of back-stabbers, usurers, and plain old sadistic psychopaths—and mixing with this crowd, how can you go wrong?

Screening in the series Shaw Brothers Horror.