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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 »
1 win & 11 nominations See more »
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A Kung-Fu-Zombie-Comedy!? Alright! 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-Fung 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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Wing Tat Wu ... Hopping VAmpire

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
Danny Moon Wing Ko .... script supervisor
Zhenying Ling .... martial arts director
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

Did You Know?

According to the producer Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, the idea for Mr. Vampire (1985) originated through childhood stories he heard from his mother who was also an actress. One of the major sources of inspiration for the film Mr. Vampire (1985) was from a collection of supernatural tales called Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio by Qing Dynasty writer Pu Songling. Mr. Vampire (1985) is based on a story of a resurrected corpse. The script was not written by Ricky Lau alone it was written by many script writers, who included Cheuk-Hon Szeto, Jing Wong and Barry Wong.When the script was finished Eric Tsang review it Sammo Kam-Bo Hung also reviewed it and gave Lau some ideas.See more »
Revealing mistakes: During the fight in the dungeon-like police interrogation room, the brick wall rebounds when the various combatants strike it.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Robo Vampire (1988)See more »


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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
A Kung-Fu-Zombie-Comedy!? Alright!, 23 July 2005
Author: mr1orange3 from United States

Personally, I think that everyone should see Mr. Vampire, if only so that they can claim to have seen a kung fu zombie comedy. But, in my opinion, this is almost more of a Chinese Ghostbusters with some kung fu sprinkled in than a kung fu movie, which was somewhat of a disappointment for me. The story is fun, fresh and full of more than just zombies (although I won't reveal any surprises). The action, when it occurs is fully justified, which is something I always like to see, and is choreographed quite well by Lam Ching-ying. The comedy is somewhat hit or miss, but it didn't bother me very much. I had a lot of fun but I came away wanting more action.

If you feel the same way, try Encounters of a Spooky Kind, which has all the zombies you love, but with more kung fu.

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