| Mr. Vampire (1998)
Director: Ricky Lau
Ching Ying, Chin Siu Ho, Ricky Hui, Moon Lee
An Eastern response to Ghostbusters (which spawned
many imitations and parodies), Mr. Vampire uses Oriental culture as the
springboard for a unique, creepily amusing vampire mythos. Here, the
vampires can be controlled by Taoist incantations, administered on an
enchanted written parchment affixed to the creature's forehead.
Unfortunately, if the spell falls off, the vampire immediately begins to
hop and search for blood.
In a clever twist reminiscent of the Spanish Blind
Dead series, the vampires can also be thwarted from detecting a human's
presence if the potential victims hold their breath. Kou (Lam Ching
Ying), a priest and expert vampire wrangler with the most memorable case
of unibrow in cinema history, tries to teach his two bumbling
apprentices, Chou (Chin Siu-Ho) and Man-Chor (Ricky Hui), the ins and
outs of vampire control, but several comedic (and horrific) mishaps
along the way to derail their education.
The bulk of the story concerns an elder, now
converted to vampirism, whose son recruits the trio for help; however,
the narrative also tosses in a variety of marginally related
supernatural hijinks, including a bewitching female ghost whose flying
head participates in a memorable acrobatic attack scene.
List Price: US $219.95
Cantonese / Mandarin / English
English / Traditional Chinese
/ Simplified Chinese
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