Dir: Lau Koon-wai Scr: Szeto Cheuk-hon
Cast: Lam Ching-ying, Ricky Hui, Chin Siu-ho
1985 / Colour / DCP / Cantonese / Chi & Eng Subtitles / 94min
Sammo Hung started the supernatural kungfu comedy at Golden Harvest and made Encounter of the Spooky Kind, The Dead and the Deadly (1982) and Hocus Pocus (1984) etc. Lam Ching-ying, who was actor and action choreographer in these films, took things even further in Mr. Vampire. Besides scary vampires, there was a romantic demon bride. The young actors such as Chin Siuho, Ricky Hui and Billy Lau inherited the Mao Shan Sorcery from the previous films, and also created new whacky styles such as Sticky Rice Antidote and Breath Pause. The Breath Pause, in particular, gave comic relief to the action sequences. The last scene, where Lin had to take on ghosts and vampires at the same time, turned a secluded house into a space full of surprises. The film breathed new air into the stagnant formula of kung-fu films.
||Cinema, Hong Kong Film Archive
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