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After police officer Paio is murdered, his soul cannot be at rest for his murder has been written off as a suicide. Therefore the heavens send him back to Earth as a spirit to find his '... See full summary »

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Hsing
Bill Tung ...
Chang Piao
Shui-Fan Fung ...
Chin
Vivian Chan ...
Yu
Kong Fong ...
Tang Lee Yang
Siu-Wai Mui ...
Beautiful
Lap Ban Chan ...
Custodian
Ching-Ho Law ...
Heaven Judge
Amy Yip ...
Chin's Superior (Guest star)
Ka Sin Bak ...
Undercover Policewoman
Yan-Wah Mak ...
Undercover Policewoman
Ernst Mausser ...
Ceausescu
Heng Li ...
Biu, Tang's Thug
Tai Wo Tang ...
Tang's Thug
Wai Man Tam ...
Tang's Thug
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After police officer Paio is murdered, his soul cannot be at rest for his murder has been written off as a suicide. Therefore the heavens send him back to Earth as a spirit to find his 'savior' who will help him clear his name. Hsing, a rookie officer, is the savior and in return for finding Paio's killer, Piao must get him a girlfriend and a promotion. Written by <indy32@hotmail.com>

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28 July 1990 (Hong Kong)  »

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Goofy ghost comedy with Stephen Chow!
9 November 2014 | by (California, USA) – See all my reviews

Hong Kong funnyman Stephen Chow plays Hsing, a police rookie who has been visited by the ghost of murdered police officer Paio (Bill Tung). His soul cannot be at rest because his death has been written off as a suicide; therefore, he asks Hsing to help him avenges his death in return for finding him a girlfriend and a promotion.

The plot seemed intriguing with the murdered cop/wandering ghost device. However, the somewhat nonsensical comedy and humor overshadows the ghost elements, focusing too much on Hsing trying to court his superior Chin's (Shui-Fan Fung) daughter and Chin attempting to master Taoist magic. There are very little surprises and twists to the story and many silly, nonsensical humor, from Hsing's taking down a bunch of thugs with a flying bullet to Hsing and Chin creating an anecdote with gross ingredients to save Hsing's soul.

However, the acting wasn't bad and you would get a few laughs out of the movie, especially in the part when Chin finds out Hsing is dating his daughter. There are also some nice action sequences, including the ghost vs. wizard scene.

It's not the best HK ghost-comedy out there, but it's worth the watch.

Grade B-


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