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Out of the Dark (1995)

Wui wan yeh (original title)
Stephen Chow, Hong Kong's biggest star and international comic genius, leads a great cast of new faces and old favorites to take on ghostbusting in a film full of both laughs and thrills.

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Ka-Yan Leung ...
Wu
Yat-Fei Wong ...
Tieh Dan
Huang Yi-fei
Lik-Chi Lee ...
Security Guard
Hung Lu ...
Captain Lu
Bruce Mang ...
Ming (as Lung Mang)
Suk-Mui Tam ...
Mrs. Li
Chi-yin Wong ...
Keung
Chi Fai Chow ...
Mr. Li (as Fai Chow)
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Wing-Biu Chan
Jackson Ha
Woon Ling Hau ...
Li's Mother
Dip Heung ...
Chang
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Tenant Mr. Li of an apartment high-rise is weary of the return of his late mother's ghost. When she appears in the apartment, she haunts Li and his wife, who she blames for her death. Caught in the commotion is a crazy girl named Kwan and the apartment building's inept security guards. They are repulsed by all the paranormal activity; therefore, they seek the unlikely help of an escaped mental patient, Leon, a Professional-type wannabe who just happened to be passing by the apartment high-rise when all the ghostly events were taking place. Written by Oliver Chu

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This story is in the dark.
18 October 2013 | by (California, USA) – See all my reviews

A Hong Kong horror-comedy about a partially mentally-impaired professional wannabe (Stephen Chow) who attempts to help an apartment building rid itself of evil ghosts. He trains a bunch of clueless security guards in warding off the ghosts, providing them with off-the-chart techniques.

What started out as a pretty intriguing horror flick quickly loses steam afterward. This movie is basically forced comedy with poor slapstick humor and childish tactics that rendered the cast extremely irritating. The acting was awful and the story was riddled with sloppy editing.

Some Hong Kong filmmakers are sometimes notorious for winging its movies - filming them in an impromptu manner with limited editing, no post-production and little preparation. The crew clearly didn't want to take this film seriously - they just had fun with it, suspending their imagination and creativity, but failing to provide us with an impressive product. Some of these filming techniques is called nonsensical comedies - you either love them or hate them. When I watch a comedy, I hope to get humor that just flow naturally, not over-the-board slapstick gags and goofy puns.

Stephen Chow is known for his slapstick comedies and I equate him to the likes of Jim Carrey. However, this movie is one of Chow's worst pictures and I recommend that people stay way from this film!

Grade F


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