Original title: 油鬼子
Directed by: Ho Meng Hua
Run time: 84 min
Country: Hong Kong
Language: Mandarin with English subtitles
Rating: M18 (Sexual scenes and nudity)
The film tells the story of a crippled and down-on-his-luck Hong Kong man who learns of a magic spell that can turn his life around. Performing the spell transforms him into a grotesque and malevolent creature – an ‘oily maniac’. Along with other supernatural capabilities, he can simultaneously appear or disappear, serving as the city’s vigilante. Based on the legend of the Orang Minyak, which has endured over the years with various reiterations – taking on the roles of villain, hero, and supernatural figure – Oily Maniac (1976) is a remake of this multifaceted folklore that has insidiously slunk its way into contemporary culture.
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