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Encounters of the Spooky Kind (1980)

Gui da gui (original title)
Cheung's wife and boss are seeing each other, and decide to dispatch him with a wizard. But the wizard's rival aids and defends Cheung and a magic war rises.

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Sammo Kam-Bo Hung
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sammo Kam-Bo Hung ... Bold Cheung
Fat Chung ... Priest Tsui
Lung Chan ... Priest Chin Hoi
Ha Huang ... Master Tam (as Wong Ha)
Tai-Bo ... Lau
Ching-Ying Lam ... The Inspector
Wu Ma ... Fa Kau
Siu-Ming To ... Tao
Billy Chan ... Fei
Suet-Mei Leung Suet-Mei Leung ... Cheung's Wife
Biao Yuen ... Vampire
Ching Po Chang ... Uncle Pok
Yun-Chiang Peng ... Hsiao Peng
Ying-Ying Hui ... Cheung's Neighbor
Mo Yuen ... Mu / Prison Guard
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Storyline

Villager Bold Cheung (Sammo Hung Kam-Bo), known for his willingness to do anything courageous, bold or daring, becomes a target by the evil rich Master Tam (Huang Ha), who committed adultery with Cheung's unfaithful wife and wants to keep her as his mistress. Cheung is tricked into a bet to spend the night in a haunted temple, where a vampire was unleashed by Priest Chin Hoi (Lung Chan), hired by Tam, to kill him. However, Hoi's more righteous colleague, Priest Tsui (Fat Chung), wants to save Cheung and counterattack Hoi and Tam's wicked deeds. Written by Oliver Chu

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Rated R for some violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese

Release Date:

24 December 1980 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Spooky Encounters See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Quotes

[last lines]
Cheung's Wife: [runs into Cheung's arms] Darling! Master Tam, he was going to rape me!
Bold Cheung: I know...
[he beats her]
Bold Cheung: I know you had an affair with him, you filthy whore!
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Alternate Versions

Dubbed version has a different score. See more »

Connections

Followed by Encounter of the Spooky Kind II (1989) See more »

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Phantasm
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Composed by Fred Myrow (uncredited) and Malcolm Seagrave (uncredited)
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great film!
10 February 2007 | by fishbob999See all my reviews

After an official is nearly caught sleeping with a woman by her husband, he hires a greedy sorcerer to do away with the not-so-courageous man. Corpses hop, kung fu fighters are possessed, and all manner of spooky, supernatural action occurs.

Sammo Hung stars in his definitive homage to the tales of horror that he enjoyed in his youth. Encounter of the Spooky Kind is a cult classic filled with terrific kung fu action, vampires, zombies, sorcerer duels of magic, and one of the most memorable endings in kung fu genre history.

Sammo is Courageous Cheung, a pedicab driver in a rural community who is known around town as the man who fears nothing. Well, this is proved false before the opening credits finish when he endures a particularly frightening nightmare of flesh-eating zombies. But, that's just the beginning of his run-ins with the supernatural. His friends decide to pull a scary prank on him that results in a ghastly ghost joining in on the fun. The plot finally kicks in when Cheung comes home early one day to find his wife in bed with another man. It turns out to be Master Tam, a prominent citizen who is also a regular client of Cheung. He escapes before Cheung can identify him and decides Cheung must die to keep this activity a secret. Tam hires a greedy master of witchcraft named Chin Hoi (Peter Chan) to kill Cheung without arising suspicions. Chin Hoi's accomplice (Wu Ma) bets Cheung to stay locked in a broken down temple for one night where a corpse resides. With advice from Lau (Chang Ti Chiang), Chin Hoi's brother, Cheung survives two fierce nights in the temple. Later, a plot by Master Tam to frame Cheung for murder fails to succeed after he escapes by hiding out in a funeral home. Even an attempt to take control of Cheung's body using voodoo is foiled by Lau. Finally, both Master Tam and Cheung become pawns in a vicious battle of the sorcerers as the two brothers square off in a final, fiery confrontation.


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