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Release Date:
28 September 1985 (Taiwan) See more »
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Plot:
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 »
Awards:
1 win & 11 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Another good reason to change diet to "Chinese" (Sticky rice). See more (35 total) »

Cast

  (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

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
 
Stunts
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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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for vampire violence and some sexuality
Runtime:
96 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:M | South Korea:12 (DVD rating) (2004) | South Korea:15 (theatrical rating) (1987) | UK:15 | USA:PG-13

Did You Know?

Trivia:
This movie started a new wave of Chinese vampire movies.See more »
Goofs:
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 Dragon Reloaded (2005)See more »

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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Another good reason to change diet to "Chinese" (Sticky rice)., 5 July 2005
Author: (winner55) from United States

The extremely polished production here may obscure one of the film's major virtues. This is pure ensemble movie-making, there are no "auteurs" or "artistes" here. The most recognizable actors in the film - Lam Chi Ying, Chin Siu-hou, Moon Lee, Wu Ma - turn in what were for them(at the time) very uncharacteristic performances, and do so splendidly.

In fact, there is no "star" here, these actors are all taking turns with extraordinary grace as characters who at best "bumble through", and at worst fumble like, well, pretty much like any average person faced with exceptional challenges (how often does one get saved from a rotting zombie by an amorous ghost?).

Despite the stunts, and regardless of its genre origins, this is not a"kung-fu" film, but a top-notch horror-comedy on a par with Polanski'sunderrated "Fearless Vampire killers" and superior to "Abbot & Costello meet Frankenstein" (which admittedly set the standard, after all). Two plus-values in favor of this film: It provides a lot of information about Chinese vampires, ghosts, and zombies (and their traditional remedies), but does so visually or casually, without the heavy-handed verbal explanation frequent in western horror films. And there is an incredibly haunting children's song (!) about a love-lorn female ghost that is wisely used over the closing credits and which is unforgettable. Indeed, the only weakness in the construction of the film is that we really want to know more about the broken-hearted ghost of the sub-plot than the vampire-centered plot allows. Fortunately, Ching Siu Tung apparently also noticed this, and devoted an entire three-film series to investigating the problem, the remarkable "Chinese Ghost Story" trilogy; but Ching Siu Tung is exactly the kind of "auteur" that would weigh a film like "Mr. Vampire" with intellectual burdens its "pure entertainment"-directed plotting simply couldn't bear. "Mr. Vampire" is not a "work-of-art-for-the-ages", but it is a lot of fun, and spooky to boot, and on that level works as really great movie making, regardless of genre or "ethnic origin".

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