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Mr. Vampire
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Ricky Hui and some vampires


Year: 1985
Director: Ricky Lau Koon-Wai
Producer: Sammo Hung Kam-Bo
Writer: Szeto Cheuk-Hon, Barry Wong Ping-Yiu, Wong Ying
Action: Sammo Hung Stuntmen Association, Lam Ching-Ying, Yuen Wah
Cast: Lam Ching-Ying, Chin Siu-Ho, Moon Lee Choi-Fung, Ricky Hui Koon-Ying, Pauline Wong Siu-Fung, Lu Nan-Chuang, Wu Ma, Anthony Chan Yau, Billy Lau Nam-Kwong, Yuen Wah, Tin Kai-Man
The Skinny: Considered a classic, this enjoyable horror comedy pretty much defines the genre.
by Kozo:

Mr. Vampire is quite possibly the seminal entry in HKs famous horror-comedy genre. The late Lam Ching-Ying is Kou, a ghostbusting Taoist priest whos under duress when a variety of supernatural shtick occurs. Hes assigned to tend to the reburial of a long-deceased fellow (Yuen Wah), but the guy was buried in a place with bad Feng Shui. He comes back as a hopping terror who first takes out his own son and then eyes the pretty neck of his granddaughter (Moon Lee). Kou charges in to save the day, but must contend with the infection of his student (Ricky Hui), who was wounded by the vampire. Kous other student (Chin Siu-Ho) helps, but he becomes haunted by a female ghost (Pauline Wong). Kou must exorcise her while tending to the encroaching danger of the vampires. All this and a cameo by Anthony Chan as another Taoist priest who brings with him an army of vampires. Credit should go to director Ricky Lau, who manages to balance the films elements well. The first 1/2 hour is relatively slow, but the film picks up after that when the shtick takes a rest and the main vampire rears its ugly head. This is a fun movie that showcases Lam Ching-Ying at his best. (Kozo 1998)

Awards: 5th Annual Hong Kong Film Awards
Winner - Best Original Film Score (Melody Bank)
Nomination - Best Picture
Nomination - Best Director (Ricky Lau Koon-Wai)
Nomination - Best Supporting Actor (Lam Ching-Ying)
Nomination - Best Supporting Actor (Billy Lau Nam-Kwong)
Nomination - Best Screenplay (Wong Ying, Barry Wong Ping-Yiu, Szeto Cheuk-Hon)
Nomination - Best New Artist (Billy Lau Nam-Kwong)
Nomination - Best Art Direction (Peter Ngor Chi-Kwan)
Nomination - Best Editing (Cheung Yiu-Chung)
Nomination - Best Art Direction (Lam Sai-Lok)
Nomination - Best Action Design (Sammo Hung Stuntment Association)
Nomination - Best Song ("Gwai San Neung", performed by Kit Yi Chorus Group)
Availability: DVD (Hong Kong)
Region 0 NTSC
Intercontinental Video, Ltd.
16x9 Anamorphic Widescreen
Cantonese and Mandarin Language Tracks
Dolby Digital 5.1 / DTS 5.1
Removable English and Chinese Subtitles

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