The Mr. Vampire films of the 1980s may be the most familiar examples of a unique Hong Kong subgenre, the knockabout horror comedy. But here, as elsewhere, the true pioneer turns out to be the Fat Dragon, Sammo Hung. He wor... more »ked out all the basic moves (sticky rice as a ghost repellent; the frantic use of spells scribbled on slips of paper) in this 1980 ghost farce. It's a fancy-dress period film in which a gang of clowns, pretending to be spooks in order to terrorize each other, inadvertently invoke the real thing. Pretty soon everyone in sight (including Sammo's foxy but unfaithful wife) is conjuring up a hopping corpse or a nasty poltergeist, and a supernatural traffic jam ensues. (The same basic idea was recycled, much less effectively, in 1982's The Dead and the Deadly.) Hung's world-class kung fu skills prove to be as well adapted to slapstick horseplay as to knockdown action, and in the best scenes they work both ways at once. In the finale, Hung fights off several attackers as his body is possessed by one ectoplasmic intruder after another, each with a distinct personality. Sammo is never more graceful than when he's pretending to be a clumsy oaf. --David Chute« less
"This title was produced in 1980 and other than how old Samo looks its not very dated looking. The dvd transfer is good and the sound is surprising there are a few scratches on the print (minor)and the only english is the subtitles. Now this film takes a little while to get rolling but by the last 1/3 you are completely engaged. The story of the dueling voodoo priest brothers is excellent as is the fight choreograhpy and performance by director/star Samo H. If you are a fan of HK cinema check this one out I was very pleased with it and can't wait for the sequel. Oh by the way the box says 89 mins but its really 99 mins long and oh my that last ten minutes."
The best of its kind !
Mian Sukiman | Jakarta Indonesia | 03/25/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Funny, exciting. This 1980 movie really changed the HK movie industry which up to that year had never combined horror with kungfu comedy. This movie spawned numerous imitations and the successful Mr. Vampire and Chinese Ghost Story series. Samo Hung still looks young and in a good shape really shines. The plot is about a man framed for murder of his wife because his wife has an affair with a rich man. The rich man hired a sorcerer to kill Samo Hung. Samo got helped by another sorcerer. The fight scenes are terrific and the DVD is quite good as well. Highly recommended. This movie along with the first Mr. Vampire are really the best of the genre. For you who never experienced HK horror, comedy, kungfu movie this is the one to start with."
I swear this is the best movie ever !!!!!
Darrius Vincent | Kansas city, KS USA | 06/12/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Man!!!!This movie blew me away when i first saw it, just everything about it from start to finish it's just insane.
I thought when I saw it the first time I would just put it with my other dvd's. But it only got better with the second viewing.
This is the movie that made realize that Sammo Hung is the s***.
That's not to say that I did'nt know he was before, but this only solidifies it.I remember seeing a clip of this movie when i was little, ever since i've been looking for it but i did'nt know the name of it. Now that i've found it and i'm never lettin' it go. I miss movies like this, very inventive, great choreography I SAID IT BEFORE I'LL SAY IT AGAIN SAMMO HUNG IS THE BEST .But anyway like everyone else said the ending is just crazy.
Crazy in a good way, I dare anybody, genre fan or not to watch this movie and not like it. You show the person who does'nt like
this movie even a little i'll show you a freakin' psycho.
It don't get better than this. I've got nothin' else to say I love it. By the way is there anybody out there that wants to talk kung fu with me please let me know. I'm at (...)
Darrius Vincent | 12/07/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This movie is pretty awesome but it does take a while to get into. The DVD transfer is very good, as are the action sequences and special effects. Lots of zombie, ghost and magic fighting scenes. If you like the genre, you should like this movie enough to buy this DVD. I watched it twice the week I got it and really liked it the second time. You just have to get over the long plot developement scenes between the action. These plot scenes are really not that bad, though. All of the fight scenes are spectacular especially the final one. Interesting sidenote: the movie opens with the intense music from Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining". You then realize that this music is actually Chinese in origin, not hollywood film scoring."
Superb! Still one of the best I've ever seen!
Darrius Vincent | 04/20/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"One to watch! This was actually the first HK kung fu-film that I saw and man I got hooked! Sammo is certainly one of the best comedians and one of the best choreocrapher ever come out of HK. Humor is cool and the fights are best EVER! Scenes where Sammo fights with some dead zombies and gyonsies (and with his own hand too!) are just great and also fun. The best mixture of kung fu, horror and comedy that exist (maybe not quite equal to Mr.Vampire). The sequel is also great fun."