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Ling huan xian sheng (1987)

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 »

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Ching-Ying Lam ...
Master Gau
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Mao Ming
Billy Lau ...
Chiang
Fong Lui ...
Ta Pao
Pauline Yu-Huan Wang ...
The Sorceress
Yun-Sheng Pan ...
Dut (as Yun-Sang Ban)
Kin-Wai Ho ...
Hsiao Bo
Wing-Cheung Cheung ...
Warlord
Tau Chu ...
Warlord
Chi Kit Lee ...
Fook
Kam Kong Chow ...
Sau
Yat Ching Tam ...
Haunted Village Owner
So Yip ...
Village Ghost
Chau Sang Lau ...
Town Guard
Yun-Chiang Peng ...
Town Guard
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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 Oliver Chu

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17 December 1987 (Hong Kong)  »

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Ling wan sin sang  »

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Excellent sequel
21 January 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I'm surprised by the relative obscurity of this film, as it easily matches the first of the series for pure entertainment value. There doesn't even seem to be a Hong Kong DVD of this title at the time of writing. Since there were more sequels to come in this franchise, it seems safe to guess that it wasn't a box office flop, so the lack of DVD is strange. Maybe they are going to treat us to a box set. The film is the usual combination of martial arts, horror, fantasy, sorcery and slapstick. Lam Ching-Ying is awesome, yet again. He pulls off the serious elements with conviction, even with stupid fake eyebrows plastered on his forehead; and he does the slapstick with a great deadpan expression. A shame his fighting skills are under used, but there are a few really sweet moves by him in this flick. I would say that the horror and violence are definitely stronger in this one, which is cool by me. The plot is decent; the cast pretty good; action is almost relentless, and the effects have that unique charm that CGI could never match. The comedy is the usual hit and miss affair, although a lot of it is genuinely funny, and well choreographed. You wouldn't be watching a Hong Kong horror vampire kung fu flick if you didn't put your face in your palm a couple of times at the cheesy gags. I don't have much in depth to say about this one, it just seems that critical comment is thin on the ground, so I thought I'd add my voice. Highly recommended; and if you like films of this type: essential. Bring on the DVD.


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