Encounter of the Spooky Kind
Dir: Sammo Hung
Scrs: Sammo Hung, Wong Ying
Cast: Sammo Hung, Chung Fat, Peter Chan,
1980 / Colour / DCP / Cantonese / Chi & Eng Subtitles / 98min
Sammo Hung, then in charge of Golden Harvest’s satellite company Bo Ho Films, abandoned his early Republic acrobatic kungfu stunts for the first time to make a film combining the supernatural with martial arts. Though ghosts were the theme, the film was really about Mao Shan Sorcery and a fight between two Taoist master of the same clan. There were vampires and demons galore, and Sammo who acted and directed the film, replaced his usual combat acts with spooks and laughs. The film was a trailblazer in the supernatural kung-fu genre, to be followed by The Dead and the Deadly (1982) and Mr. Vampire (1985) both featured martial arts richly infused with elements of the supernatural and comedy, giving kung-fu films a new look.
||Cinema, Hong Kong Film Archive
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