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This third installment of the series is far more frenetically paced than the first two and its much more a film for adults. In this one, Maggie Cheung plays a ghost who is looking to be reincarnated via a pregnant woman but circumstances caused by Mr. Hong (Raymond Wong) cause her to be late. So, since she has to stay around for a while, she decides to make Mr. Hong's life crazy by causing him trouble with his girl fiend and wreaking a little havoc in the class that he teaches. Its a funny film, good special effects and fast pacing. It also has Maggie Cheung being playful, something she rarely was as her career progressed. I think so far Happy Ghost 2 was the best of the three, but this is good too. Fennie Yuen is more prominent in this film than in Happy Ghost 2 and she is (and, to this day is) a pretty good actress. So, if you're watching the series of Happy Ghost films don't miss this one.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
This is the second sequel to The Happy Ghost, where singer Tsui Pan-Han
(Maggie Cheung), after committing suicide due to her unsuccessful
career, is to be reincarnated. However, professor Hong Sam-Kwai
(Raymond Wong) inadvertently gets in the way of Han's reincarnation
and, as a result, Han decides to make like crazy for him by wreaking
havoc on his love life and in his career to exact revenge.
I remembered watching this movie with my parents when I was small, about six years-old, and thought it was a fun movie with Han playing tricks on Kwai and with her possessing one of Kwai's students. A few years later, when I re-watched this movie on a video copy that my grandfather owned, I was excited to learn that it was actually part of the Happy Ghost trilogy and to see two of the students from the previous film, Thai-Chek Yee (Fennie Yuen) and Yiu-King (Charine Chan), make an appearance. It is a film full of slapstick comedy and misadventures, coupled with a fast-paced plot and a more elaborate ghost theme. Because the videotape copy of grandfather had was not in very good quality, I couldn't enjoy the movie as much, so he went through great lengths to locate a better copy of this movie for me (which was difficult since it was classified as an old movie by that time). As a result, this film is pretty special to me.
Raymond Wong does another great job in his duo role as Kwai and his reincarnated spirit Stewart Pik. Maggie Cheung does a bubbly and sweet portrayal of Han the Ghost (an early role for her). Their on-screen chemistry was actually quite funny and uplifting at the same time. It's quite suspenseful to see how Kwai will get himself out of Han's playful tricks. In addition, all the magic from Han's ghost powers to Kwai's supernatural powers give the film wonder and awe.
Unlike the previous two family-oriented Happy Ghost movies, this one has more adult-related themes. However, the themes were too bad and director Ringo Lam actually pulled off some good direction of the plot. While this film is a good addition to the trilogy, I thought that ***spoiler ahead*** that Han went overboard in making Kwai's life crazy, even going as far as making his reputation at the school he teaches take an extreme negative toll. Toward the end, Kwai had to end up attempting to save Han from something she herself started, so, as a result, it seemed Kwai didn't get a big break out of all the trouble Han caused ***spoiler ends***.
Overall, this is a sweet movie with a touch romance, action and drama mixed in with the fun ghost horror and comic relief.
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