My Cousin, the Ghost
Dir: Wu Ma Scr: Cheung Lai-ling
Cast: Richard Ng Yiu-hon, Kenny Bee,
Wu Ma, Wong Wan-sze
1987 / Colour / D Beta / Cantonese / Chi & Eng Subtitles / 91min
Following hits like Encounter of the Spooky Kind and Mr Vampire that combine the actioncomedy with a ghost story, Sammo Hung turned to producing, while Wu Ma directed and starred in the film My Cousin, the Ghost. Richard Ng Yiu-hon returns to Hong Kong from abroad. Coveting his fortune, his younger cousins all go out of their way to please him and accommodate themselves to his wishes, producing a series of absurd and hilarious scenes. When Ng falls in love with the ghost tenant (Wong Wan-sze), the film turns into a spooky comedy. Not only are the ghosts not terrifying, they become increasingly funny. Heads are moved around in cartoon-like ways, while actors pushed around on rollers pretend to be ghosts floating in the air. These treatments are still commonly used by ghost films today.
||Cinema, Hong Kong Film Archive
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