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Mon Mon Mon Monsters (Blu-ray) (US Version) Blu-ray Region A

Giddens Ko (Director, Writer) | Angie Chai (Producer) | Deng Yu Kai (Actor) | Kent Tsai (Actor)
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Six years after the blockbuster success of the coming-of-age romance You are the Apple of My Eye, best-selling Taiwan author Giddens Ko brings his far darker sophomore directorial effort, the teen horror Mon Mon Mon Monsters. Unlike Apple which was adapted from Ko's novel, Mon Mon Mon Monsters tells a new original story about monsters in school that shows that the only thing worse than flesh-eating ghouls may be nihilistic teens. Headlined by a newcomer cast, the film shocks with gore, blood and a viciously funny and disturbing portrait of youth culture and violence.

Class nerd Lin Shu Wei (Deng Yu Kai, Partners in Crime) is regularly tormented by his classmates, especially loud-mouthed bully Ren Hao (Kent Tsai). After getting accused of stealing, Shu Wei is assigned to community service along with Ren Hao and his buddies. While supposedly helping the elderly residents of a run-down area, they encounter and capture a young female ghoul (Lin Pei Hsin). Ren Hao and his friends then mercilessly torture her for fun in gruesome fashion. Though sympathetic to the ghoul's plight, Shu Wei, part of the in-crowd for once, also goes along with it. The captured ghoul's older sister (Eugenie Liu), however, soon comes looking for revenge.

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Artist Name(s): Deng Yu Kai (Actor) | Kent Tsai (Actor) | Carolyn Chen (Actor) | Eugenie Liu (Actor) | Lin Pei Xin (Actor) 鄧育凱 (Actor) | 蔡凡熙 (Actor) | 陳 珮騏 (Actor) | 劉思廷 劉 (Actor) | 林 姵妡 (Actor) 邓育凯 (Actor) | 蔡凡熙 (Actor) | 陈 佩骐 (Actor) | 刘 奕儿 (Actor) | 林 姵妡 (Actor) トン・ユィカイ (Actor) | ケント・ツァイ (Actor) | Carolyn Chen (Actor) | ユージェニー・リウ (Actor) | Lin Pei Xin (Actor) Deng Yu Kai (Actor) | Kent Tsai (Actor) | Carolyn Chen (Actor) | Eugenie Liu (Actor) | Lin Pei Xin (Actor)
Director: Giddens Ko 九把刀 九把刀 九把刀(ジウバーダオ) Giddens Ko
Producer: Angie Chai 柴智屏 柴智屏 Angie Chai Angie Chai
Writer: Giddens Ko 九把刀 九把刀 九把刀(ジウバーダオ) Giddens Ko
Blu-ray Region Code: A - Americas (North, Central and South except French Guiana), Korea, Japan, South East Asia (including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) What is it?
Release Date: 2020-02-04
UPC Code: 014381106794
Country of Origin: Taiwan
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray
Package Weight: 63 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1087716831

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Professional Review of "Mon Mon Mon Monsters (Blu-ray) (US Version)"

March 8, 2018

This professional review refers to Mon Mon Mon Monsters (2017) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
Although Taiwanese author and filmmaker Giddens Ko is best known for romantic fare such as his massively popular 2011 directorial debut You are the Apple of My Eye, Café. Waiting. Love and the likes, he has also shown a talent for tapping into the darker side of the human psyche, as seen with his writing on the deliriously crazed The Tenants Downstairs. Perhaps it shouldn't come as too much of a surprise then that , his second outing behind the camera, sees him sticking to the shadows with a wild tale about an unpleasant gang of youths who manage to capture and imprison a flesh-eating monster, with gruesome results.

Written especially for the screen by Ko, the film follows Lin Shu Wei (Deng Yu Kai, Partners in Crime), whose life at high school is made a living hell by a group of particularly nasty bullies led by the sadistic Ren Hao (Kent Tsai, All Because of Love). Things get even worse for poor Shu Wei after the gang frame him from having stolen money from the school, and he is assigned to join them in doing community service at a rundown apartment block and helping its elderly inhabitants. While exploring the building, they come across a young female ghoul (Lin Pei Hsin), who they manage to capture after she tries to attack them, taking her back to their hideout and chaining her up. Delighted to have their own monster, the gang have fun torturing and mutilating her, pushing Shu Wei to join in, who feels relieved not to be the focus of their attention for once. Meanwhile, the ghoul's older sister (Eugenie Liu, Behind Your Smile) is distraught at the loss of her sibling, and goes on a bloody rampage across the city trying to track her down.

Mon Mon Mon Monsters sets out its stall from the first scene, opening with the two ghouls killing and eating an unfortunate homeless man, before making a smart shift to showing a very different, though no less shocking kind of monster in the classroom. Though this comparison isn't the most subtle way to ask the old 'who are the real monsters' question or to explore youth violence and unrest, Giddens Ko really goes all-out with the nihilism, notching up the nastiness throughout and pulling no punches in his depiction of a generation (or perhaps even a species) in terminal decline and devouring itself alive. The film's real bite, which might make it rather unpalatable for some viewers, comes partly from the fact that the script doesn't take the easy and trite route of making the ghouls sympathetic and more 'human' than the kids – while the two ghouls clearly have recognisable emotions and it's hard not to feel sorry for the younger monster as she undergoes some truly horrible torments, they rack up a pretty amazing body count of slaughtered students. The overall impression here is of chaos and of dog eat dog in the worst possible fashion, and though this is bold and uncompromising, it's not a film for viewers looking for a clear moral message, likeable characters or a neat conclusion.

At the same time, Ko works in a pitch black vein of humour throughout, and the film is very funny in an anarchic and ruthless manner, making sport of its characters and finding cruel amusement in their flaws and fates. The young cast are all impressive, and there's a real edge to the script in the way that it gives each of them recognisable and believable motivations for their awful behaviour, while at the same time refusing to either condemn or redeem them, instead choosing to watch from the sidelines as they wallow in horror and race towards self-destruction. This is combined with some very graphic gore and carnage, including disembowelling, teeth pulling and more, Ko throwing in several genuinely surprising set piece massacres, confirming the film's splatter credentials and making sure that it rattles along at a fast and entertaining pace.

There's no doubt that Mon Mon Mon Monsters won't be for viewers of all tastes, being bleak, mean-spirited and pulling no punches when it comes to psychological and visceral shocks. At the same time, the film is both well-written and directed, Giddens Ko showing his talent and versatility, and there's a definite method to the madness here, the film having far more to offer than a simple catalogue of atrocities.

by James Mudge - EasternKicks.com

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