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The Occupant (1984)

Lung hei bik yan (original title)
Angie goes to Hong Kong to work on a Master's thesis focusing on the Chinese superstition. She rents a spacious apartment, without knowing it's haunted by the ghost of a singer.


Ronny Yu


Edward Li


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Yun-Fat Chow ... Valentino Chow (as Chow Yun Fat)
Sally Yeh ... Angie
Raymond Pak-Ming Wong ... Hansom Wong
Kit-Man Mak ... Lisa Law
Hao Ren ... Poon (as Ho Yam)
Lieh Lo ... Mr. Chan
Yau Hung Yiu ... Ping
Li Yen Li Yen ... BP Chan
Johnny Koo ... Valentino's Assistant
Chai Cho Chai Cho ... Herby
Jun-Chiu Chiu Jun-Chiu Chiu ... Chiu
Szu-Ying Chien ... Medium
Melvin Wong ... Robert
Ju-di Li Ju-di Li ... Robert's Wife
Wan-On Shing Wan-On Shing ... Lorry Driver


Angie (Sally Yeh), a college student from Canada, returns to her native Hong Kong to work on a Master's thesis focusing on the superstition. Her topic will get much-needed attention as the spacious apartment rented out to her by women-crazed real estate broker Hansom Wong (Raymond Wong) is haunted by the ghost of a singer, whose life was cut short due to a triangle relationship argument. The ghost appears thereafter and, joined by cop Valentino Chow (Yun-Fat Chow), the three attempt to appease the spirit and send her back to the afterlife. Written by Oliver Chu

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Comedy | Horror




Hong Kong


Cantonese | Mandarin | English

Release Date:

30 September 1984 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

The Occupant See more »

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


At this point in his career, Yun-Fat Chow was working on several films in a day. his haircut and clothing is exactly as it was in Hong Kong 1941 (1984), most likely due to working on both films in the same day. See more »

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Chow Yun-Fat, Sally Yeh and Raymond Wong in an early HK ghost comedy.
12 June 2016 | by OllieSuave-007See all my reviews

Actor Chow Yun-Fat takes one of his first dabs at horror comedies, where he plays Hong Kong Detective Valentino Chow assigned to arrest a pickpocket at the airport, where he runs into Angie (Sally Yeh), a college student from Canada. She was returning to her native Hong Kong to work on a Master's thesis focusing on the superstition and, to her surprise, rents an apartment that is haunted by the ghost of a singer. The ghost appears thereafter and possesses Angie.

There are some scary moments in this film, especially the part where the ghost suddenly appears behind Angie in her darkened bedroom. The ghost plot is mixed in with comedy, courtesy of goofball Raymond Wong, who plays womanizer Hansom Wong. He tries endlessly to make it with Angie, only ending up with rather silly results. But, his persistence did get very annoying at times (glad he got a little taste of the ghost's wrath). And, Chow and Angie make an OK pair with some romantic talk here and there and some lighthearted chemistry.

The real meat of the film is, of course, the ghost horror brought on my the deceased singer, Lisa Law (Mak Kin-Man). Her background story could have been elaborated upon more than just having a simple love-triangle story. But nonetheless, it's not a bad horror comedy. Great to see Chow Yun-Fat, Sally Yeh and Raymond Wong all collaborate in one of their earlier films.

Grade B-

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