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Vulgaria

Canadian Premiere
  • Hong Kong
  • 2012
  • 90 mins
  • DCP
  • Cantonese
  • English / Chinese (subtitles)
Official Selection, New York Asian Film Festival 2012 (Opening Film)
Official Selection, Udine Far East Film Festival 2012
Official Selection, Hong Kong International Film Festival 2012

“Lewd, crude and flat-out hilarious” — James Marsh, TWITCHFILM



Somebody had amorous relations with a donkey in Kevin Smith’s CLERKS 2. But will producer To (Chapman To from INFERNAL AFFAIRS) have enough balls to do the same with a mule, to revive his sagging career? He is a washed-up producer with enough debt to give loan sharks guaranteed long-term employment. Fate brings him into contact with Tyrannosaurus (Ronald Cheng), a gangster with a fondness for extreme exotic delicacies. Tyrannosaurus requests that To have a quickie with his beloved girlfriend, who happens to be a mule, after an offensive move. But he also makes an offer he can’t refuse. Tyrannosaurus will fund his next picture if he casts aging Shaw Brothers starlet Susan Shaw (played by the real actress!) to reprise a role she did 35 years earlier in the erotic film CONFESSION OF A CONCUBINE (seen at Cannes that year!). He wants her to appear nude and do sex scenes as well! Mr. To casts wannabe actress Popping Candy to be the body stand-in while Susan’s head will be superimposed onto the younger body! To complicate matters, they have fallen in love! Mr. To is also having problems thinking straight due to the extraordinary oral sex with Popping Candy. Welcome to the ludicrous world of producing, a job Mr. To compares to pubic hair — its purpose is to cushion filmmakers and financers. How will this hairy beast of a production come to life?

Politically incorrect, ridiculously vulgar and with zero regard for offending anybody, filmed in 12 days without a full script — award-winning director Pang Ho-Cheung, notorious for his edgy dark comedies, goes full throttle with profanity and insanity, yielding the most outrageous film ever to emerge from Hong Kong. VULGARIA satirizes the filmmaking process and our modern times. Think VIVA EROTICA (a Fantasia classic) meets THE PLAYER with a dash of Kevin Smith and the mean streak of Ricky Gervais, armed with a full dosage of swearing and a high degree of unfiltered craziness. It features a gallery of colorful actors including one of the kings of comedies in Asia, Ronald Cheng, who simply chews the scenery down to the bones as the over-the-top triad boss in the infamous diner scene where new meaning will given to what qualifies as an exotic delicacy.

— King-Wei Chu

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