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Unable to pay off a debt to a ruthless gang, a club hostess falls victim to their leader. Brimming with vengeance, the ghost of the innocent girl, with the help of her friends from the club... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
King Chan
Pak-cheung Chan ...
Card Player
Wing-Chi Chan ...
Hong
Chuan Chen ...
Tsuan
Kang-Yeh Cheng ...
Hell Eyes
Liang Chou
Norman Chu ...
Feather
Tau Chu ...
Card Player
Yamson Domingo
Hark-On Fung ...
Handsome
Dion Lam ...
Mr. Lo's Thug
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Chai
Ken Lo ...
Condon
Lieh Lo ...
Mr. Lo
Kei Mai ...
Sword
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Unable to pay off a debt to a ruthless gang, a club hostess falls victim to their leader. Brimming with vengeance, the ghost of the innocent girl, with the help of her friends from the club, attempts to seek revenge against her killer and rid the streets of the gang's evil deeds. Written by Oliver Chu

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Entertainingly bad
30 June 2004 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

Well, since it's quite possible nobody else will ever write a review of this film, I feel somewhat honour bound to do a quick one:

First things first, Ghost Ballroom (1989) is not a good movie. There's really no sense of the words "good movie" that could be accurately applied to the film.

However, not being "good" doesn't mean it isn't quite enjoyable to watch, mostly because it's a good chance to see a bunch of b-list martial arts actors from the 70's looking a little bit older, a little bit less dashing and being very silly much of the time.

The plot is very simple, barely coherent and quite ignored for the majority of the film. A club hostess is murdered by her gangster boyfriend and her ghost comes back for revenge. Her two hostess housemates are much more upset by her return than her death (which didn't seem to bother them much at all), and their boyfriends are kind of freaked too, but when they're not gambling they are persuaded to help the ghost take revenge. That's the "plot" part of what happens anyway, but much of the film is only tangentially connected to it, in that peculiar way that you only seem to get with Hong Kong movies.

Since the fun bits are mostly not those related to the plot it's not a bad thing. Particular highlights of the film include

  • Gordon Liu getting attacked by a gang of thugs who accuse him of being
"old". He shows them with authority that he is "not old".

  • A very drunk Lo Lieh taking the ghost to a hotel room and acting out his
fantasies about what they'll do when she gets out of the bathroom.

  • What happens when she does get out of the bathroom. At least, part of her
does :p

  • Norman Chu improvising in a morgue. - one of the most disturbing scenes
I've ever seen, that would fit quite nicely in a Takashi Miike movie but is apparently meant to be *comedy*.

  • Norman and Gordon fighting director Wilson Tong and his thugs at a noodle
stand, and all 3 of them showing that age hasn't dulled their martial arts one bit.

  • Fung Hak On frolicking in a swimming pool with a random naked
girl

And there's a few more scenes are pretty enjoyable, but admittedly a bunch that are really not (most of the scenes of Norman gambling for instance).

It's a film that's probably only enjoyable if you're familiar with the cast and want a chance to see them a little bit older and having a good time together, which really seems to have been the primary purpose the film was made anyway :) Unfortunately not a lost gem like Wilson Tong's later and far superior "Ghostly Bus".


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