The Cat


The world is once again in terrible jeopardy and its survival lies in the hands of sci-fi writer and adventurer, Wisely (played here co-incidentally enough by the similar sounding Waise Lee). Director Nam Nai-cho (Peacock King, The Story of Ricky, Erotic Ghost Story) brings the character of Wisely (a series of popular books in China) to the screen for the second time. Six years earlier in 1986, Nam created the delightfully bizarre The Seventh Curse in which Chow Yun Fat took on the role of Wisely. The Seventh Curse has taken on the sheen of a cult classic over the years, but The Cat has not fared nearly so well. Perhaps unfairly.
Waise Lee and Gloria Yip
If The Seventh Curse is a terrific B-movie, then I would have to categorize The Cat as a reasonably enjoyable C-movie. It has some wonderfully ludicrous moments and contains echoes of The Terminator, The Blob and numerous low budget alien exploitation films from the 50’s. Lots of low rent special effects come your way that are too cheesy not to appreciate on some level – and the film rarely slows down for a moment – unless it is to focus in a nearly fetishistic manner on the sweat dripping off of Christine Ng (Wisely’s girlfriend) in a truly odd selection of camera shots! This film may also have one of the greatest fights in HK film – between a cat and a dog that is. Animal lovers beware!
Christine Ng, Waise Lee, Phillip Kwok
Wisely is brought into the odd case by a friend who has been kept awake at night by the pounding of his upstairs neighbors. He knocks on their door only to be met by the strange appearance of an elderly gentleman (Lau Siu-ming) and a lovely but vacant looking young woman (Gloria Yip) holding her black as night cat. After they depart one day, he finds bloody intestines in their apartment and calls in Wisely and a police friend (Phillip Kwok) to investigate.
Lau Siu-ming, Gloria, Christine
After a museum theft of an ancient mysterious object in which numerous guards are horribly murdered, Wisely tracks down the secretive couple, but is nearly killed by their ferocious cat. He later decides that the best way to fight a cat is to get a dog – and he finds one of the most enormous dogs imaginable. This leads to a scene that is incredibly bizarre even by HK film standards – as the two animals battle it out for what must have been ten minutes – ripping into one another with the force of a freight trains that would have many Americans picketing the movie theater. Now I am used to most humans in HK films knowing kung fu – but not a cat! This cat is a kung fu master and performs some amazing stunts – and though this cat claims to do all his own stunts – I am reasonably sure I detected some stunt cat doubles being used. In truth, there are clearly often puppets and other cinematic means being utilized – and I am sure no cat or dog was hurt filming this movie. Uh-huh.
Wisely finally realizes that he has been fighting the good aliens who have been sent from a distant star to stop an evil alien from destroying the earth. Only the cat – that Wisely did his best to kill – can save the world. This alien can possess humans – though their eyeballs tend to pop out – but it is also growing monstrously fast – blob like – tentacles – all very gooey – and it is sucking people in like melting Popsicles – can the world be saved? If ever you find yourself in the mood for a fun and totally low budget HK sci-fi film – of which there are very few – this might fit the bill.



My rating for this film: 6.0