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Ren xia ren (1982)

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Wah Li, known as Fat Boy to his friends, lives with his great-uncle the priest (Uncle). Together with his oddball friends Lai Li and Momo, Wah Li helps Uncle to run the local funeral ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Wah Li
Ma Wu ...
Ma Lun Chio
Ching-Ying Lam ...
Uncle Yee
Cherie Chung ...
Miss Yuen
Fat Chung ...
The Priest
Leung Mei Hui ...
Lee Yuet Ying
Ching Po Chang ...
Village Head
Lung Chan ...
Mao Mao
Chau Sang Lau ...
Nat Lei
Yuet Sang Chin ...
Chin PaTat
Siu-Ming To ...
Scholar Yeung
Wellson Chin ...
Suet-Mei Leung ...
Yung-chiang Peng ...
Brother Chun / Assistant
Ying-Ying Hui ...


Wah Li, known as Fat Boy to his friends, lives with his great-uncle the priest (Uncle). Together with his oddball friends Lai Li and Momo, Wah Li helps Uncle to run the local funeral services. When the body Ma Lun Chio is brought back to the village by a new wife and her "brother", Wai Li is suspicious. He sets out to find out how his friend died, but things are not what they seem. Written by David Noble <david_noble_98>

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Referenced in Jiang shi jia zu: Jiang shi xian sheng xu ji (1986) See more »

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Light as air, brilliantly funny, exciting satire-cum-action fantasy.
21 February 2000 | by (paris, france) – See all my reviews

Bonkers chop-socky that is part satire of ludicrous Hong Kong supernatural martial arts films, and part brilliant example of how it should be done. A rare wheeze that actually does have something for everyone:

Excellent slapstick comedy - the hero is pompous and fat, not lithe and Jackie Chan-like; getting into daft, self-generated scrapes, he is kicked about by every one, and guards a dead friend who isn't really dead in an hilarious scene that has him fending off curious gold thieves. He is repeatedly buffeted by otherworldly menaces, first his mischievous friend, then Satan's minions, who turn him into a lime-covered bug.

Action - Choreographed with great skill, played mostly for laughs, but there is one sequence - the friend's murder - that is filmed with rare beauty.

Horror - Again, mostly comic, with a remarkable use of somewhat cheap special effects.

Historical costume drama - not very precise, but the costumes and set-design are an immense, guilty, Orientalist pleasure.

Satire - under all the laughs is a serious study of repressive social and gender codes, and the last scene is spectacularly subversive in its implications.

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