Even jaded palates will get a rush from “Naked Killer,” a deliriously over-the-top slice of Hong Kong phooey that’s got latenight fest hit andcult video title written all over it. Already a hotly traded item among Asian buffs, this sexy, cartoon-violent yarn about feuding lesbian assassins plays like a modern version of classic costume actioners.
Someone is going around Hong Kong killing horny males and slicing off their genitals. Enter strung-out cop Tinam (Simon Yam), who still suffers from barfing fits over accidentally killing his brother three months earlier.
Tinam (literally, “Iron Man”) meets obsessive, long-legged looker Kitty (Chingmy Yau) in a unisex hair salon and is soon giving Michael Douglas lessons in the jitters.
When Kitty shoots up a gangster’s office in revenge for her father’s death, she’s taken home by professional assassin Sister Cindy (Kelly Yao), who keeps rapists chained up in her cellar for martial arts workouts. Sister Cindy takes on Kitty as a pupil.
The mystery killer turns out to be Princess, lesbian ex-pupil of Sister Cindy who has a contract to take out her former teacher. Tinam, meanwhile, is being driven nuts by Kitty’s come-ons. When Princess ends Sister Cindy’s career, Kitty hits the vengeance trail big time.
Under the practiced hand of producer/scripter Wong Jing and journeyman director Clarence Fok Yiu-leung (“Dragon From Russia”), pic emerges as a juicy blend of martial arts actioners and Hong Kong’s so-called Category III (sexpot) movies, with comedy stirred in for good measure.
Movie milks references to everything from early Brian De Palma movies to “Basic Instinct,” but its sheer glee in pushing the taste envelope well past its limits marks it as pure Hong Kong.
As the elegant lesbian super-assassin, Carrie Ng walks away with the pic, though she’s closely followed in the vamp stakes by both the older Yao and young sex star Yau as mistress and ambitious pupil.
Technically, the film oozes gloss in all departments, including an eye-opening main title shot by ace Hong Kong lenser Peter Pau. Pic took a solid $ HK10 million ($ 1.3 million) on local release in December ’92.