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Ren xia gui (1984)

| Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
Inspired by the paranormal stories of opera veteran Master Sheng (Ching-Ying Lam), an opera troupe, which includes the daring actor Kuei (Wei Tung), trick each other with ghostly stories ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Lung Chan ...
Piao
Ching Po Chang ...
Opera Troop Boss
Hsi Chang ...
Opera Sponsor
Yuet Sang Chin ...
Wandering Ghost
Ging Man Fung ...
Restaurant Boss
Ching-Ying Lam ...
Master Sheng
Chau Sang Lau ...
Opera Player
Chic Lau ...
Sister Lai
Ho Kai Law ...
Chia
Min Kan Ng ...
Opera Player
San Tai ...
Fierce Ghost
Wei Tung ...
Kuei
Hung Wong ...
Restaurant Customer
Kwan Hong Wong ...
Opera Player
Ma Wu ...
Hawker Customer
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Inspired by the paranormal stories of opera veteran Master Sheng (Ching-Ying Lam), an opera troupe, which includes the daring actor Kuei (Wei Tung), trick each other with ghostly stories and horror tricks. The troupe is repulsed by the overly-confident opera actor Chia (Ho Kai Law); therefore, they play the ultimate ghost trick on him. When Chia finds out, he confronts the troupe, resulting them in keeping a distance from each other. However, the troupe's troubles worsen when their opera stage is haunted by a mischievous and restless ghost (Yuet Sang Chin). Written by Oliver Chu

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A Ghost Comedy that doesn't really deliver.
25 October 2013 | by (California, USA) – See all my reviews

This is one of the Hong Kong ghost comedies produced by Sammo Hung, a story about an opera troupe, lead by Kuei (Wei Tung), tricking each other with ghost stories and horror tricks, and ultimately playing the most scariest prank on arrogant opera actor Chia (Ho Kai Law). Thrown in the mix is a goofy-looking and hideous mischievous ghost (Yuet Sang Chin), who haunts the opera stage to scare the actors for his own amusement.

This movie also stars "Vampire Buster" actor Lam Ching Ying, in a role he did before he starred in the more famous film "Mr. Vampire," a movie that shot him to a new level of stardom and would precede many ghost comedies and dramas involving hopping vampires and Taoist magic. While it is nice to see Lam in this film, he doesn't take on a very centrist role and doesn't use much magic or perform any spells to capture the ghosts. Actor Ho Kai Law, who plays Chia, gave a very over-reactive performance as the arrogant actor angry at his fellow troupe members for joking around at his expense. Martial artist star Wei Tung did a few Kung-Fu sequences in the film, but he should have been utilized more.

The movie starts off really slow with the troupe members just joking around and playing tricks on each other. Real ghost action doesn't take place until 30 or 45 minutes into the film, but even the ghost was portrayed as pretty dumb-looking and irritating. The more horrific and terrifying ghost that made this movie a little more exciting doesn't appear until the climax, which I think was the best part of the movie - full of martial arts, scary scenes and Chinese opera action.

Overall, a very sub-par film. If you would like to see Lam Ching Ying in a pre-Mr. Vampire movie, I recommend watching "The Dead and the Deadly," also produced by Sammo Hung.

Grade D+


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