Directed by: Siu-Hung Leung
Actors: Anthony Chau-Sang Wong, Sherming Yiu, Tung Cho Weung
Country: Hong Kong
Also known as: Ren rou wan ju, Yan yuk wan gui
Description: A Lamb in Despair is far from Cat III’s best offering, but it’s not all that bad. Anthony Wong and Edward Mok both give earnest performances. There’s one reasonably shocking scene involving a glad wrap, urine, and a not-so-happy family. Perhaps the best thing I can say about A Lamb in Despair is that, for the most part, it doesn’t look like a film from 1999. It’s more in tune with the grimy feel of an early to mid 90s Cat III.
Ted Wu returned to Hong Kong after several years spent in the United States. Woo there got a bad name — he was accused of a series of brutal rapes and murders, but the court acquitted, and in Hong Kong he is met with suspicion. Local police in the person of Cheung Tat-Ming tries to expel him from the city, the editor of the famous magazine pulls out into the light of his dirty underwear, and he Wu only wants to meet his childhood friend Mandy, now a famous radio presenter.