Expelled by a band of restless ghosts in his village, Taoist Priest Mao Ming, and his two spirit companions, visit another village to seek wealth. There, Ming meets Master Gau, the "Vampire... See full summary »
A short-tempered, violent criminal named "White Tiger" is on the run from the police and joins a theater troupe for disguise, killing anyone who angers him or who suspects his identity. One... See full summary »
Modern grave robbing "archeologists" find perfectly preserved specimens from the past of a man, a woman, and their child. Unbeknownst to the scientist and his two bumbling assistants, these... See full summary »
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.
Legendary actor, stuntman, fight choreographer and pioneer of Hong Kong's New Wave Movement, Sammo Hung directs (and appears in) a rousing retelling of Akira Kurosawa's SEVEN SAMURAI. The ... See full summary »
Multi-genre flick (western, martial arts, comedy, adventure, etc.) with an all-star cast about a man who returns to his home town, buys everything in sight, and tries to improve its ... See full summary »
Chung Yao, a martial arts expert, has long been on the run from his stepbrother, who he caught trying to rape his wife on their wedding night. His brother has never given up the chase ... See full summary »
A Taoist Priest isn't too happy when his Buddhist Priest colleague moves in next door. They are subject to constant feuds and duels, but soon must overcome their odds towards each other ... See full summary »
Expelled by a band of restless ghosts in his village, Taoist Priest Mao Ming, and his two spirit companions, visit another village to seek wealth. There, Ming meets Master Gau, the "Vampire Buster," who is trying to defeat an evil Sorceress and her henchmen, whose goal is to conquer the human race. Gau also informs Ming that humans and ghosts cannot co-exist peacefully. As Ming and his ghost companions part ways, they are later attacked by the Sorceress. As a result, Ming joins forces with Gau to put a stop to the evil menace. Written by
Insane Hong Kong presentation! Maybe even more so than its previous outings. Coming out a year after the very average 1986 "Mr Vampire II", which kept the same idea but set the madness within modern times in a more family friendly tone. However director Ricky Leu's conviction would see the third entry of this atypical cult series goes back to its roots, presenting a period fantasy horror comedy that never lets up on its arrant lunacy... fear or the humour.
A priest who rock ups in a town has two ghosts (his nephews) that he uses to scam people, by using them to do a haunting while then being hired to get rid of them. But that gets put on the back-burner when he bumps into the master and his loyal men. Putting things aside they join together to vanquish a witch and her army, but it ends up being no easy task..
An abundance of endearing slapstick humour, vividly staged costume and set-designs, flamboyantly up-tempo martial arts / choreographed stunts, wacky performances and gimmicky, but cleverly used special effects. Everything is piled on, while not always coming off (namely the humour -- as it's really in-your-face); it just remains too much fun and the rapid pacing means it never gets bog down for long. The story is busy, busy, busy and Leu's direction is expansively flashy. The atmospheric horror actually installs some intriguingly artistic visuals with the imaginatively violent thrills being evenly served alongside the comedy of errors the characters were finding themselves stuck in. Vampires might no feature, but you get some spooky, menacing demons / spirits for the motley, but dedicated crew to take on. Lam Ching-Ying returns again as the straight-face master, in quite a rock-solid and assured performance. Around him everyone is chipping in with playfully palatable turns; Richard Ng, Billy Lau and Ho Kin Wai.
Part 3 is a worthy, entertaining sequel.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?