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Sex Beyond the Grave (1984)

Fung lau yuen gwai (original title)
A woman is raped and murdered during World War 2. Forty years later she returns to haunt her persecutors from the Tao Tao Mansion. A professor and his family move into the house, only to have the spirits take their son.

Directors:

Chun Keung Chiu (as Dennis Chiu), Tai-Heng Li

Writer:

The Shaw Brothers Creative Group (screenplay)
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Credited cast:
Tony Liu
Wai Yee Chin
Mabel Kwong
Kuan-Chung Ku
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fei Ai
Amy Chung
Mei Mei Dang Mei Mei Dang
Ju Fang
Ging-Man Fung
Biu Gam
Wai-Hon Ho Wai-Hon Ho
Phillip Ko
Yin San Lai
Jun Git Leung Jun Git Leung
Tieh-Cheng Lin
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A woman is raped and murdered during World War 2. Forty years later she returns to haunt her persecutors from the Tao Tao Mansion. A professor and his family move into the house, only to have the spirits take their son.

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Connections

References Poltergeist (1982) See more »

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Too much mahjong!
22 February 2010 | by BA_HarrisonSee all my reviews

In order to pay off a massive debt, a gambling addict sells his ancestral home to a young couple, who soon discover that the building is haunted by the vengeful spirits of a murdered family.

I've seen and enjoyed several trashy Shaw Brothers exploitation films in recent weeks (Corpse Mania, House of Bamboo Dolls, Killer Snakes), and judging from Sex Beyond The Grave's wartime prologue, which features both the bloody murder of a man and his young son, and the double rape and subsequent killing of the mother, it looked as though I'd found myself another unmissable deviant treat.

Unfortunately, after this impressively sleazy start, the film moves to the present, where it spends far too long developing its 'unlucky gambler' plot device (I can only take so much mahjong before my eyes start to glaze over), before finally evolving into a fairly entertaining (ie. laughable) Asian clone of Tobe Hooper's Poltergeist, complete with an elderly spiritualist, an attempt to rescue a missing child from 'the other side', a haunted fridge, a possessed puppet, dodgy visual effects, and lots of people being thrown around rooms by unseen forces.

A prolonged routine by an extremely flexible female stripper goes a little way to spice up the dull first half of the film a fraction, and a steamy sex scene in the final act between the gambler and the gorgeous female ghost finally justifies the title, but after the promising first five minutes, I had really hoped this one would be something special. Instead, it gets a distinctly average 5/10.


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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese | Mandarin

Release Date:

11 August 1984 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Feng liu yuan gui See more »

Filming Locations:

Kowloon, Hong Kong, China

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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