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Bless This House (1988)

Mang gwai fat tiu cheung (original title)
Building designer Bill and his family move into a seemingly wonderful house, but not aware of the house is haunted.

Director:

Ronny Yu

Writers:

Clifton Ko (story), James Yuen (as Jims Yuen) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bill Tung ... Bill Chang
Deborah Dik ... Mrs. Chang
Loletta Lee ... Jane
Kai-Nam Ho ... Burly (as Stephen Ho)
Siu-Lung Leung ... Jumping Buddha
Victor Hon Victor Hon ... Ghost Father
Manfred Wong ... Bespectacled Exorcist
Chuen Chan ... Uncle Liang (as Chun Chan)
Fan Wei Yee ... Ho
Cheuk Yan Chan ... Yan-Yan
Paul Lai Paul Lai ... Patrick
Terence Yung Terence Yung ... Billy
Mei-Yee Sze ... Supervisor of Furniture Removal
Simon Yip ... Student Driver
Kwok-Kin Ng Kwok-Kin Ng ... Motorcycle Cop
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Storyline

Building designer Bill Chang (Bill Tung) and his family move into a seemingly wonderful house after getting a promotion. However, they were not aware of the house's sinister past involving its previous owner - an abusive, handicapped actor who torched his home, killing him, his wife and two daughters. After the Chang family settled in, the actor's restless ghost wants to reclaim ownership of the house and the people that inhabit it. Written by Oliver Chu

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Comedy | Horror

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Turned out to be just another generic comedy...
22 June 2020 | by paul_haakonsenSee all my reviews

Granted, I hadn't heard about "Bless This House" (aka "Meng gui fo tiao qiang") from 1988 before in 2020, when I was given the chance to sit down and watch it. Needless to say that I took the time to do so, given my love and fascination with the Hong Kong cinema. Plus, the movie had Bill Tung on the cast list.

Well, this was fairly generic for a late 1980s Hong Kong movie, to the point where it just faded into mediocrity. The movie didn't really manage to stand out and make itself noteworthy. As such, then I wasn't overly impressed with the storyline, nor was it an impressive array of entertainment value that director Ronny Yu was throwing at me.

The movie had an adequate cast that performed well enough, but they were somewhat stunted and hindered by the generic storyline.

There are far better Hong Kong comedies available, and even for that era you can easily find something more outstanding than "Bless This House".

My rating for "Bless This House" settles on a very mediocre and bland five out of ten stars.


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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese | Mandarin

Release Date:

30 March 1988 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Meng gui fo tiao qiang See more »

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Mono

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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