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Jiang tou (1975)

R  |   |  Horror  |  1979 (USA)
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A magician makes money by charging people to cast love spells on the objects of their affection. Complications arise when he decides that he wants a customer's bride for himself.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Lung Ti ...
Xu Nuo
Lieh Lo ...
Lang Jiajie
Ni Tien ...
Luo Yin (as Tanny)
Lily Li ...
Quming
Feng Ku ...
Shan Jianmi
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ping Chen ...
Ms Wang
Shao Lun Chiang
Norman Chu
Dana ...
(as Tsen Shu-Yi)
Ti Hua Ko
Tsan-Hsiung Ku
Wen Chung Ku ...
Shaman Fu-Yung
Sau Kei Lee
Feng Lin
Wei Tu Lin ...
Wei Te-shun
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A magician makes money by charging people to cast love spells on the objects of their affection. Complications arise when he decides that he wants a customer's bride for himself.

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Those who did not believe in the voodoo curse never lived to tell!

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This film was originally going to be set in Thailand. This was eventually changed to Malaysia instead. See more »

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Spin-off Gong tau (1989) See more »

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Pales in comparison to its successor, but still a fun time.
7 January 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

While the Shaw Brothers are definitely best-known for their martial arts flicks (as evidenced by a couple peeved reviews on this website), they did dip their fingers in other genres here and there. BLACK MAGIC was one of their forays into the horror sub-genre, telling the tale of a black magician and his various customers looking for love, murder or both.

BLACK MAGIC contains some nastiness and some awesome here and there: we've got rice given magical qualities by female genitalia, breast-milking, dead folks dissolving into maggot-infested skeletons and laser beam-shooting skulls. The problem, however, is that in between a few awesome scenes, the movie does really drag and gets quite repetitive (the black magician sets a curse, the good magician reverses the curse, then the black magician reverses it again, etc., etc.). It's all watchable, but it gets pretty run-of-the-mill near the middle. Luckily, the last 5-10 minutes are fantastic and worth wading through the mediocrity.

Overall, this is worth a look for Hong Kong horror fans, but you could do better if you looked around. For example, just a year later, the Shaw Bros. put out a (name-and-theme-only) sequel, BLACK MAGIC 2, which cranks the crazy factor up a couple notches and is basically an improvement in every way.


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