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Seeding of a Ghost (1983)

Zhong gui (original title)
A Hong Kong taxi driver's life horribly falls apart after accidentally hitting a sorcerer with his cab. He decides to seek the sorcerer's help to turn the curse on his enemies at the expense of his own life.

Director:

Kuen Yeung (as Chuan Yang)

Writers:

Kamber Huang (story), Yee-Hung Lam (screenplay)
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Credited cast:
Norman Chu ... Anthony Fang (as Shao-Chiang Hsu)
Phillip Ko ... Chou Tang
Maria Jo Maria Jo ... Irene Chou (as Chih-Hui Hsuan)
Jung Wang ... Doctor (Guest star) (as Yung Wang)
Mi Tien ... Doctor Wang's Wife (Guest star)
Hussein Abu Hassan Hussein Abu Hassan ... Malay Shaman
Hsin Nan Hung ... Rapist
Man-Biu Bak ... Taoist (as Wen-Piao Pai)
Ling-Chi Fu Ling-Chi Fu ... Paul
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Erik Ka-Kei Chan Erik Ka-Kei Chan ... Police Officer
Liang Chiang Liang Chiang
Jaime Mei Chun Chik ... (as Mei-Tseng Chi)
Tien-Chu Chin ... Casino Patron
Wai Lam ... Casino Patron (as Wei Lin)
Chuen Sing Lee ... Doctor Wang's Houseguest
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A Hong Kong taxi driver suffers after being cursed by a sorcerer he accidentally hit with his cab. After the driver's wife is raped and killed by teenage hooligans, he pleads with the sorcerer to lift the hex and restore his wife to the land of the living. Otherworldly zombie chaos ensues. Written by Tom Fisher <cheviot@bellatlantic.net>

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Words just can't fully describe this film
26 October 2002 | by Bogey ManSee all my reviews

Yang Chuan is the man who directed this film, SEEDING OF A GHOST (1983) for the legendary Hong Kong Shaw Brothers, who produced many martial art classics and many "explicit horrors" which are so rare not many know anything about them. SEEDING is among the most insane films I've seen and this hyper rare film surpassed most likely every expections I had, and those were very high. I knew Hong Kong film makers can create things which simply cannot be found from elsewhere, and in the horror genre, they are as unique as in action and fantasy, too.

SEEDING tells the story of a cab driver (Philip Ko), whose wife has a lover whom with she spends a lot of time. One night the wife, Irene, is attacked in the street and raped and killed by some hooligans. The taxi driver husband finds her and sadly becomes number one suspect for the murder. At the very beginning and during the credits of the film, the taxi driver met a strange fellow who said he knows about and practises black magic and other "voodoo related stuff." He said to the cab driver that things may not go very well for him from now on because they have met.. Now, after the murder of his wife, the taxi driver remembers this guy and tracks him down. He finds the ominous looking man, and wants to revenge the murder of his wife. The black magic warlock agrees and he creates a horrific curse on all those who were involved in the murder. What follows is a series of over-the-top gory and insane mayhem filled with black magic, devils, tentacle monsters, worms and other things one would expect finding from Hell itself.

This film is the final nail to the coffin of the fact that the Hong Kong film makers really know how to create dark horror films, which this kind of films are called among the cult cinema specialists. Other similar "dark horrors" are (I haven't managed to track these down yet) RAPE AFTER, BLACK MAGIC and BLACK MAGIC 2 aka REVENGE OF THE ZOMBIES. Many of these are produced by the Shaw Brothers and directed by man named Ho Men-Hua, and as far as I know, only RAPE AFTER isn't by Shaw and Ho, unlike many source books seem to say. I've heard this from one very reliable Asian cinema specialist who I believe of course in these difficult questions about these more-than-rare Asian films and oddities.

SEEDING OF A GHOST is dark with the capital D. There is smoke and shadows everywhere and only the beginning of the film has some genuine day light which seems peaceful and safe. But once the curse starts to affect, there's no hope for light or safety no more to the characters than the viewer! The effects are perhaps the most important elements here as they are so imaginative and detailed to the maximum effect. The monsters and creatures from the other side are as effective as in John Carpenter's The Thing (1982) for example, and the budget for SEEDING wasn't too big I think, so they are all created by great imagination and talent to spend the limited budget.

The gore filled and monster inhabited mayhem on screen is incredible. There is a "devil fetus" who explodes through the hapless mother who starts to feel pain in her belly. What comes from her stomach is equally horrific as in David Cronenberg's masterpiece The Fly (1986), and it's very close to the tentacle monster in Carpenter's The Thing, too. Especially SEEDING's finale, during which this devil fetus is born, too, is an amazing barrage of bloody and nightmarish terror which cannot be controlled by the hapless people trapped inside that fateful apartment. The devil fetus once it gets born kills its victims with nasty tentacles which impale and rip anybody hapless enough to get in touch with them. There's also some very graphic nightmare scenes before the ending, too, and one of these is also illustrated in Tom Weisser's Asian Trash Cinema Book next to SEEDING review. I mean the scene in which one of the rapists suddenly starts to vomit worms while eating his food. Also the scene in which the guy gets his spine cursed through his back in explicit detail is again something never before seen in any other horror effort. These Hong Kong directors can create something which necessarily doesn't require plenty of money, but are as (and often, more) effective and nerve shocking as those made with plenty of money but not so plenty of talent.

The dialogue and screenplay isn't too great at all, and the dialogue especially is inept. People say what they think and they say things which should not be said in any noteworthy film. Everybody always screams something like "What are you doing!" when character's stomach explodes or gets his spine ripped off by an invisible force. This kind of brainless dialogue is very usual with some Hong Kong films, and I hated to find it that much in SEEDING, too. But I came to conclusion that the film is perfect in its "dark DARK horror level" so I don't give this the lower rating it deserved because of these errors. If reviewed as a piece of cinema, this would definitely not get the 10 stars rating, but when reviewed as a piece of Hong Kong terror cinema and Asian cult cinema, then this gets easily the ten rating, because it is something I hadn't seen before and something I think isn't easily surpassed anymore. I hope I can track RAPE AFTER and others of its kind down soon and see can they surpass the insanity and impact of SEEDING OF A GHOST in any way. Have a good night's sleep!


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29 December 1983 (Hong Kong) See more »

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