Meng gui shan fen
- 1h 30min
After being killed by his wife and a scheming black magician, a man's ghost teams up with a rookie cop to get his revenge.After being killed by his wife and a scheming black magician, a man's ghost teams up with a rookie cop to get his revenge.After being killed by his wife and a scheming black magician, a man's ghost teams up with a rookie cop to get his revenge.
A rich man is killed by his wife and a black magician, only to be accidentally revived by a graveyard worker. With the help of the graveyard worker's policeman brother, the ghost attempts revenge on those who wronged him. Various kung-fu spirits and other spooky goings-on plague our heroes, but between a lack of plot explanation and typo-littered, barely comprehensible English subtitles, I can't really tell you why.
Most of the film is more-or-less a D-grade MR. VAMPIRE, except with blue-faced ghosts instead of hopping vampires. It's gore-free and less unhinged than some of its contemporaries, though it has its head-scratching moments. Its most promising idea is when the film switches gears to a supernatural buddy cop movie, a device that brings a couple of laughs and some entertainment before the filmmakers bring back the rather uninspired kung-fu sequences.
It's definitely not a lost classic, but all Hong Kong genre films from this era have a fun, madcap rhythm that does a pretty good job of escaping viewer lethargy. Its nonchalant view of the supernatural (possessions and door gods must've just been a part of everyday life in '90s H.K.) is entertaining, and there's a sick Casio score. It's not really worth searching out (and it seems to be a pretty rare one!), but I've seen worse. 4 out of 10.
- Aug 20, 2018