This film is by no means the best of the Hong Kong horror flicks of
the seventies and eighties, but it is definitely the most offensive.
Itís certainly the only movie I know of that contains rampant nudity,
panty-sniffing, rape and vagina-hungry lizards!
LEWD LIZARD/CHONG, from 1979, is not only one of the
most controversial Hong Kong horror flicks of the seventies, but also
one of the rarest. As of early 2013 its sole home video appearance was
via an eighties-era PAL VHS thatís been bootlegged ever since.
The film, FYI, credits two directors. One of them is
Norman Chu, who also stars, being one of Hong Kongís most long-standing
and respected performers (his other credits include HK classics like THE
MIGHTY PEKING MAN, THE 36th CHAMBER OF SHAOLIN, KING OF
BEGGARS and DREAM HOME). LEWD LIZARD is his only directorial credit,
and, unsurprisingly, is often omitted from Norman Chu filmographies.
The idealistic young David is madly in love with the
luscious Shan Shan. Yet when he arrives home from college David finds
that Shan Shan, in an effort to pay off her fatherís mob debts, has
married a wealthy businessman. David becomes determined to get revenge
on Shan Shan and all womankind--and upon finding some tiny lizards at a
beach decides he knows just how to go about it.
The first part of Davidís evil plan involves stealing
unsuspecting womenís panties. David then sniffs the panties to find
those that are unclean, and uses the bodily fluids in them to create a
special compound he injects into the lizards. What the injections do to
the creatures is demonstrated in the following scene, when David, posing
as a modeling agent, enters a former loverís apartment, beats the gal up
and lets the lizards loose. They promptly slither up the skankís vagina
and drive her mad with desire.
David subjects many more women to the lewd lizards. A
police investigation is launched, and after a succession of false leads
the cops ferret out David--and use Shan Shan to lure him into their
In truth this is a rotten movie, with a wildly
inconsistent, scatterbrained narrative and filmmaking thatís about on
the level of a seventies porn flick. It might also be safely called
misogynistic, with a depiction of the fairer sex that borders on
psychotic; note the wholly gratuitous rape that opens the film, and also
the climax, in which the heroine offers to unleash the lewd lizards on
herself. There are many unpleasant scenes of the ďheroĒ beating up
various women, topped off by at least one lurid close-up of twitching
lizards crawling into ladiesí panties. For you porn addicts thereís also
a scene of a womanís breasts pressed against a shower window as the
lizards invade her vagina.
If you can put up with such things, however, youíll
find a film as unforgettably bizarre as just about any other. Itís been
said that the real job of horror/fantasy filmmakers is to show us things
weíve never seen before, and if thatís true than LEWD LIZARDíS creators
more than succeed. Anyway, the real problem with this film is
that itís currently unavailable in anything other than multi-generation
LEWD LIZARD (CHONG)
Directors: Norman Chu, Yung Ling Wang
Producer: Liang Shu Yee
Cinematography: Wang Yung Lung
Cast: Norman Chu, Xiao Hua, Jiang Shan, Mike Tien