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Release Date:
28 September 1985 (Taiwan) See more »
The planned reburial of a village elder goes awry as the corpse resurrects into a hopping, bloodthirsty vampire, threatening mankind. Therefore, a Taoist Priest and his two disciples attempt to stop the terror. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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A highly influential Hong Kong comedy-horror classic. See more (35 total) »


  (in credits order)
Ching-Ying Lam ... Master Gau

Siu-Ho Chin ... Chou Sheng
Ricky Hui ... Man Choi
Moon Lee ... Ting-Ting (as Choi-fung Li)
Billy Lau ... Wai
Siu Fong Wong ... Jade (as Siu-fung Wong)

Wah Yuen ... The Vampire
Ha Huang ... Mr. Yam
Anthony Chan ... Taoist Priest
Ma Wu ... Rice Seller
Chau Sang Lau ... Timekeeper
Pak-Kwong Ho ... Villager

Kai Man Tin ... Stupid son
Mo Yuen ... Policeman
Wellson Chin ... Policeman
Yung-chiang Peng ... Policeman
Wing-Cheung Cheung ... Hopping Corpse
Ming-Wai Chan ... Hopping Corpse

Directed by
Ricky Lau 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ricky Lau 
Cheuk-Hon Szeto 
Barry Wong 
Ying Wong  story

Produced by
Mun-kai Ko .... producer
Original Music by
Melody Bank 
Cinematography by
Peter Ngor 
Film Editing by
Peter Cheung 
Production Design by
Sai Kan Lam 
Special Effects by
Wai-kok Dun .... special effects
Chan Chap Hung .... special effects
Yung-chiang Peng .... assistant stunt coordinator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Chi-Man Chan .... costumer
Editorial Department
Simon Broderick .... colorist
Music Department
Alastair Monteith-Hodge .... composer: theme music
Anders Nelsson .... composer: theme music
Other crew
Zhenying Ling .... martial arts director
Danny Ko Moon Wing .... script supervisor
Suk-fun Yeung .... script supervisor
Ha Yuan .... martial arts director
Wah Yuen .... action director

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Geung si sin sang" - Hong Kong (original title)
"The Taoist of Spiritual Illusions" - Japan (English title) (informal literal English title)
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Rated PG-13 for vampire violence and some sexuality
96 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | South Korea:12 (DVD rating) (2004) | South Korea:15 (theatrical rating) (1987) | UK:15 | USA:PG-13

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Revealing mistakes: When the ghost flies through the window to save her love from the vampire, the cable causing her flight is briefly seen.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Robo Vampire (1988)See more »


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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
A highly influential Hong Kong comedy-horror classic., 7 September 2006
Author: BA_Harrison from Hampshire, England

Lam Ching Ying stars as a Taoist priest who, along with his two bumbling students (Ricky Hui, Chin Siu-Ho), is called upon to help re-bury a rich man's father. On exhuming the corpse, he discovers that the dead man has become a vampire. Before long, the priest must do battle with the fanged terror (Yuen Wah), whilst simultaneously dealing with a beautiful female ghost (Pauline Wong) who has entranced one of his assistants (and is capable of detaching her head when necessary!).

Director Ricky Lau skillfully blends slapstick humour, acrobatic martial arts and the supernatural to deliver a seminal piece of Hong Kong comedy-horror cinema that would prove be a major influence on many films to come (including the brilliant A Chinese Ghost Story). A rather slow first half hour introduces us to the characters and sets up the basic plot elements; the rest of the film sees our hapless good guys first falling foul of the otherworldly creatures and then battling to set things right.

Less of a martial arts movie than a comedy, fans of fast and furious fight action will probably be disappointed, however those who love crazy Chinese humour (an acquired taste and one which I sometimes struggle with) will find plenty to enjoy as the gags come thick and fast (Ricky Hui is particularly funny as Man Choi, the assistant who gets bitten by the vampire and almost becomes one himself).

But by far my favourite part of the film is the stunningly captured scene which introduces viewers to the female ghost; in a mist enshrouded night-time forest, the supernatural seductress is carried by four spooky assistants, before gliding gently through the air to come to rest in a tree. Lovely cinematography accompanied by a haunting song make this a totally magical moment.

My second favourite moment is the introduction of the gorgeous Moon Lee as Ting-Ting, the rich man's daughter. With her impossibly cute features, Moon Lee is truly a delight to behold.

Although I enjoyed Mr. Vampire, I don't seem to be quite as fanatical about it as some. However, I do agree that, even if you're not a huge fan of Hong Kong cinema, with so much craziness and energy packed into its 96 minutes, this highly influential classic is well worth a watch.

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