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Black Magic (1975)

Jiang tou (original title)
R | | Fantasy, Horror | 1979 (USA)
A magician makes money by charging people to cast love spells on the objects of their affection. Complications arise when he decides that he wants a customer's bride for himself.

Director:

Ho Meng-Hua

Writer:

Kuang Ni
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Cast

Credited cast:
Lung Ti ... Xu Nuo
Lieh Lo ... Lang Jiajie
Ni Tien ... Luo Yin (as Tanny)
Lily Li ... Quming
Feng Ku ... Shan Jianmi
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ho-Chiang Chen Ho-Chiang Chen ... Party guest
Ping Chen ... Ms Wang
Shao-Lin Chiang Shao-Lin Chiang
Chun Chin Chun Chin ... Party guest
Norman Chu ... (as Shao-Chiang Hsu)
Dana Dana ... (as Tsen Shu-Yi)
Ging Man Fung Ging Man Fung
Ti Hua Ko Ti Hua Ko
Chan-Hsiung Ku Chan-Hsiung Ku
Tsan-Hsiung Ku Tsan-Hsiung Ku
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Storyline

A magician makes money by charging people to cast love spells on the objects of their affection. Complications arise when he decides that he wants a customer's bride for himself.

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Those who did not believe in the voodoo curse never lived to tell!

Genres:

Fantasy | Horror

Certificate:

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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Black Magic See more »

Filming Locations:

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Shaw Brothers See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This film was picked up for distribution in America in 1979. See more »

Connections

Followed by Ratu ilmu hitam (1981) See more »

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Insane, trend-setting slice of Chinese mysticism and black magic
13 May 2015 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

BLACK MAGIC is a wonderful little horror film from the Shaw Brothers stable that proved they were just as adept at making horror films as they were martial arts flicks. The success and ingredients of this production would later lead on to many other infamous movies like THE BOXER'S OMEN or SEEDING OF A GHOST.

BLACK MAGIC is a densely-plotted yarn involving the nefarious adventures of a black wizard who's happy to cast all manner of spells on his victims...for a price. First to visit him is a sleazy guy (Lo Lieh, excelling in his role) who wants to spend the night with a woman who hates him. Later, the same woman decides she wants to cast a love spell on a guy who hates her in turn. Eventually the guy's friends realise what's going on and employ the services of a white wizard to combat the villain.

This is a film that has it all: sleazy rituals (including an obsession with procuring breast milk), violent death, and hints at the kind of grotesque imagery that would later follow in this series. The atmosphere of sleaze and creeping dread is spot on, as are the production values that make this just as colourful an adventure as the many kung fu flicks made by the team. Ti Lung is fine but gets relatively little screen time as the erstwhile hero; it's the women who really shine here, including the evil Ni Tien and the good-natured Lily Li. The various elements combine well and the outcome is one of the coolest of all '70s horror films.


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