Must-see movies are futuristic classics that shouldn't be missed. Of course, not every must-see is perfect. That's why we've rated them 1-5 on the patented "crunchy goodness" scale.

Title: Wicked City (Hong Kong version)
Date: 1992

Vitals: This live-action, Hong Kong remake of the freaky Japanese manga by Nagai Go is a blistering ride through a Neo-Asian city populated by thaumaturgical gangsters, evil spirits, and the good guys who fight them.

Famous names: Hark Tsui, Tai Kit Mak

Sight you'll never unsee: One of the evil spirits is a shape-changing woman who transforms herself into a man-eating elevator, and then a deadly motorcycle whose headlight has been replaced by the spirit's screaming face. Visually bizarre in the best possible way.


Life lesson: Don't have sex with a giant spider woman.

Design breakthrough: Hong Kong action director Tsui Hark brings the frenetic pace of the shoot-em-up gangster flick together with the tropes of science fiction and horror to create what Hong Kong movie mavens will recognize as perhaps the only hopping vampire cyberpunk movie ever made.

Crunchy goodness: 4

Wicked City Review by E.C. McMullen Jr.


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