"Shocking Asia" is a documentary about the things in Asia that tourists and reporters usually are kept away from. It's a close look into an unique but equally absurd world filled with self-mutilation rituals, strange eating habbits and perverse activities.
Ever since I got an interest in the more underground world of cinema, I've always been looking for something sicker than what I've previously seen. This has been going on for many years now, and a movie title I've always heard ever since I started is "Shocking Asia". This mondo film was suppose to be pushing it to the max and have some of the most obscene clips you could find. I can safely say that the film is at times very gross, but I think that nowadays we know more about the odd cultures in Asia than they did in '74, because alot of the things in here feel very... Normal. Like the midget wrestling. It's funny to watch, and just plain awesome, but we've seen this kind of thing so much before. The same goes for the self-mutilation rituals where chains, hooks and spikes are being pushed through flesh, and also the strange things they eat; we're used to it! There is a side to their eating habits that we're not as used to watching though, and that's how it's all being prepared. Like how they skin a bat, and slicing up a snake, which probably shouldn't be watched by faint-hearted. Another scene that requires some balls to watch is, ironically, the sex change operation that we see in great detail. The operation is without a doubt the most gruesome thing that this film brings to the table, and is most likely the only reason this film has been so talked about.
I am pretty sure that most people that has been looking for this film, has done it for the same reasons as me - we want sick shit, but there is a very educational side to the film too, if you are interested in Asian culture (which I can't say that I am). We have english narration, and during each clip he's explaining exactly what is happening and why. This is good even for sickos like me. Why? Because it makes us feel like we're there to learn. Like with the articles in Playboy!
I ended up a little disappointed with this film, because it's the year 2008, and most things in this culture aren't hidden in darkness anymore. It will, however, still make you feel very dirty and the truely bizarre scenes are very disgusting and satisfying, but they are few. I only recommend this film for those who wants to see it all, and the fans of mondo films (who most likely has seen this already).