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The year 1997 has arrived. A herd of fuckin' ugly reds. are rushing from the mainland.

Crime rate skyrockeded! Hongkong is ruined! Therefore, the Hongkong government called Bruce Lee's relative "Chin" for the massacre of the reds. Chin is a killer machine. Wipe out all 1.2 billion of the red communists!

However, in mainland China there was a secret project in progress! A project to transform the deceased Tong Shau Ping into an ultimate weapon!
The game’s opening narration

(To better accentuate your experience, listen to this while reading.)

Hong Kong '97 is an anti-Chinese propaganda shoot 'em up game.

Yes, you read that right.

This game served as the first and only effort released by HappySoft Ltd. in 1995 as a Super Famicom exclusive. The fact that it even saw release is a mystery of itself, considering the small number of stores that were interested in stocking the game. There are also very few hard copies of the game out there, and the only way that most people play the game is through an emulated ROM. Rather than Super Famicom cartridges, the game was released on floppy discs that could work on an unofficial Disk Drive, much like the official Famicom Disk System. It's also worth noting that HappySoft is a game company that specialized in homebrews, and that fact alone should give you an idea of what Hong Kong '97 is like.


Hong Kong '97 is based around the 1997 transfer of Hong Kong's sovereignity from the United Kingdom to China, in which a herd of "fuckin' ugly reds" (Chinese mainlanders) immigrates to Hong Kong and causes the country to fall apart at the seams as the crime rate skyrockets. As a result, the Hong Kong government calls Bruce Lee's relative Chin (played by "Jackie Chan"), who is apparently a One-Man Army powerful enough to take on the assignment of executing the entire population of China (1.2 billion people!). However, China has plans as well. More specifically, a project to transform "Tong Shau Ping" (an alternate spelling of Deng Xiaoping) into an ultimate weapon.note 


There was also a direct-to-videocassette film called Hong Kong 97 that starred Robert Patrick and Ming-Na Wen, but there are no ties to be made between the game and the film besides the name.

This game was reviewed by The Angry Video Game Nerd in his 134th episode, while Joel from Vinesauce admitted he would never stream this bootleg due to its disturbing game over screen... only to stream a version with all signs of it blocked out a while later.

A Podcast on 3/21/2018 with Pat The NES Punk confirms that the creator of Hong Kong '97 is Yoshihisa Kurosawa, a former indie game developer.

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  • Badass Back: Chin shoots his projectiles with his back turned.
  • "Blind Idiot" Translation:
    • You can see it at the very top of this page. Amazingly enough, there were actually more than a few contemporary SNES games from officially licensed developers that had worse translation jobs, so that's one thing this game can claim in its favor.
    • The Chinese text isn't translated any better. In particular, the Chinese version of the "Chin IS DEAD!!" text seen on the game over screen more accurately translates to just "Dead Chin."
  • Broken Record: The only sound you'll hear in the game is a loop of the first two lines of "I Love Beijing Tiananmen".note 
  • Bruce Lee Clone: Chin, who is an ambiguous relative of Lee "played" by Jackie Chan.
  • Covers Always Lie: Despite Bruce Lee being on the game cover, the game doesn't star him. Besides mentioning that Chin is his relative, Lee isn't even discussed in the game.
  • Cult Soundtrack: Although, as previously mentioned, it's not much of a soundtrack if it's only one fraction of a song.
  • Defeat Equals Explosion: Once you kill an enemy, they will disappear and a small squared gif of an atomic explosion will show.
  • Dehumanization: Mainland Chinese are referred to as "fuckin' ugly reds" and the game wants the player to murder the population of China.
  • The Determinator: Chin. Assuming he killed at a rate of 1 person per second, it would take him 38 years to kill (what was at the time) the entire population of China.
  • Dirty Communists: Who else but the mainlanders?
  • Endless Game: Even the appearance of Tong Shau Ping, which would usually be a final boss fight, doesn't end the game. It just keeps going until you die, get a game over, and continue. Perhaps it stops after you actually kill the whole Chinese population; all 1.2 billion of it.note 
  • Excuse Plot: The game's "story" is horrendously amusing, not to mention how the game promptly throws it out the window once the gameplay starts.
  • Final Solution: The entire goal of the game is to murder the entire population of China. And while the game only has you killing adult men, the wording implies that MANY innocent civilians, including children, will also die. Some of them not being even communists.
  • Game-Over Man: The Game Over screen shows what appears to be an actual corpse. Prior to the original source being discovered, it was often speculated that it was a police photo of the corpse of Leszek Błażyński, a Polish boxer who committed suicide on the date shown on the time stamp. It's actually from the mondo film Death File - War, which shows that the man in the game over picture is a victim of the Bosnian Genocide.
  • Generic Doomsday Villain: There's no motivation behind the mainland's resurrection of Tong Shau Ping into a Pointless Doomsday Device.
  • GIS Syndrome: All of the images and backdrops are low-res photos. One in particular showcases a blown-up Coca-Cola logo.
  • Glass Cannon: Exaggerated; Chin has the potential to take out 1.2 BILLION people, yet can be killed in one hit.
  • Informed Attribute: Despite Chin being a relative of Bruce Lee (which the game seems to think that means he inherits Bruce Lee's martial art skills), Chin does not use any martial arts when taking on the Chinese population, instead attacking with some kind of Hand Blast.
  • Invincibility Power-Up: Hypodermic needles give you invincibility... and make you invisible, too.
  • Invisibility: Heroin needles make Chin invisible and invincible.
  • Isn't It Ironic?: The game's plot is to assassinate 1.2 billion Chinese people with Deng Xiaoping as the final boss. Yet, the only song used in the entire game is a 5-second loop including the lyrics "I love Beijing Tiananmen". One has to wonder, "What were the creators thinking?!"
  • Lamarck Was Right: Chin's abilities are due to him being Bruce Lee's relative.
  • Mood Whiplash: A nonsensical homebrew-esque shoot 'em up featuring what appears to be a photograph of a dead body with writing on it as a game over screen.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed:
    • The main character is "Chin", a supposed relative of Bruce Lee. In addition, Chin is represented by stills of Jackie Chan from Wheels on Meals.
    • Deng Xiaoping as "Tong Shau Ping".
    • The former governor of Hong Kong, Chris Patten appears in the intro as a representative of the Hong Kong government who hires Chin.
  • One-Hit Point Wonder: Despite Chin being billed as an almighty "killing machine", it only takes one hit to get an instant game over. Your enemies are also this, so that sorta evens it out.
  • One-Man Army: Our main man Chin, who can apparently take on the task of killing all of China single-handedly.
  • Poison Mushroom: A lot of enemies drop green discs (the icon at the title screen) which can kill you.
  • Precision F-Strike: The "herd of fuckin' ugly reds" line, which made this game one of the few Super Famicom titles to have swearing. Lampshaded by The Angry Video Game Nerd, who exhibits shock over the line.
    Was "A herd of ugly reds" too weak? Did they really need the f-word to fuckin' drive home the fuckin' point?
  • Product Placement: One of the backgrounds is an ad for Coca Cola. Though it's probably safe to assume it's there without Coca Cola's consent.
  • Red China: The enemy of the game who are led by their leader, Tong Shau Ping.
  • Shout-Out: The pic that shows the "herd of fuckin' ugly reds" from the intro is a still of Chinese policemen practicing martial arts from Super Cop.
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: The entire game, from the language setting screen to the shooter gameplay and macabre Game Over screen, is set to the tune of a 5 seconds-long loop from a stupidly happy song.
  • Stylistic Suck: The game's developer stated in an interview that “his goal was to make the worst game possible”. It worked very well for that console.
  • Take That!:
    • The game's core purpose is to just take shots at China, mocking them and calling their people "fuckin' ugly reds", as well as having the only game sound being a loop taken from a song titled "I Love Beijing Tiananmen".
    • Yoshihisa Kurosawa said that the game was intended to be a middle-finger to Nintendo for establishing a monopoly on the market through its strict quality standards and effectively barring unlicensed developers like him from ever being successful.
  • Wanton Cruelty to the Common Comma: The opening exposition is riddled with poor grammar such as unnecessary periods and capitalizations as well as misspellings.
  • Widget Series: Goes without saying at this point.
  • Would Be Rude to Say "Genocide": Given that eradicating practically the entire population of China, and then some, is claimed to be revenge by Hong Kong for ruining for their country.
  • Your Answer to Everything: Killing all of the fuckin' ugly reds.


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