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Set in British-Colonial China, the film features Lam Ching Ying as the straight man, a feung-shui master whose specialty is looking after the well-being of deceased spirits. He's the man that families call when a disturbed ghost or hopping vampire is on the loose. Unfortunately, the master has two addle-headed disciples whose prank-playing rivalry always gets them in over their heads. First a powerful vampire begins claiming corpses, and then a beautiful siren-like ghost enchants one of the disciples. Chaos ensues and the hilarity piles up like football players at center field. The film relies on a clever blend of physical comedy and Noel Coward-like situational comdey to keep the laughs coming, and the result is worthy even of Harold Lloyd or Charlie Chaplin. This is one zany movie, and there's no almost no lengths the filmmakers won't go to get your laughs.
In addition, the remastered look is excellent. The picture is super-sharp and the sound is crystal clear. I had previously only seen this film as an Asian release, and the improvements are hard to exaggerate.Read more ›
I found the relationship between Mr. Vampire (as the long-suffering teacher) and his two apprentices to be quite funny. Also the necromancer/priest with the "hopping bell-controlled" vampires with the prayers attached to their foreheads was very funny.
This video is a must for fans of horror comedy, or vampire fans who want a change from Lestat angst. If you like this one there are two more in the series: Mr. Vampire 2 and Mr. Vampire 3.
The performances are excellent, and the broad humor is genuinely amusing. There's also a heck of a weird story with hopping vampires and a ghost lover. The Asian sensibility of these elements is what pushes this into the forefront. These are not Bram Stoker's undead, and even the ghost is much more physical than you'd ever see in an American film. And she can even shoot off her head, which is pretty damn neat.
This is an excellent movie for anyone looking for monsters, martial arts, and a healthy dose of humor. Can't recommend it enough. So see it already.
Lam Ching Ying plays Master Kau, who seems to make a business out of vampire control and storage. Equipped with two bumbling assistants - Man Choi and Chou (Ricky Hui and Siu-hou Chin), the unfortunate Kau must undo the damage done when a vampire is accidentally released and starts munching on his family. Soon there are three vampires to worry about, and Chou has become entranced by a ghost who has fallen in love with him.
There's nothing lackadaisical in the action, which is a true fire drill of fight moves, spell casting, and a great deal of running hither, thither, and yon. The settings are very well done, straight out of turn of the century Hong Kong, where Western influence has begun to grow. The story never misses an opportunity to lampoon Chinese bureaucracy, bumbling policemen, and an entire basketful of magical practices. Yo, especially u may never reach for a stake again.
Mr. Vampire is a light confection, enjoyable, but silly. I found it fun to watch right down to the eight vamps a-hopping and sticky rice hot feet. This was a very popular film in its time and spun off an entire series of feature films. Now that most Western horror films are either over-pretentions or romantic it's refreshing to find a film that laughs at the very things that are supposed to frighten us.
Instead, this hilarious supernatural comedy has a different kind of vampire -- the superstrong, zombielike "hopping vampire." And dealing with the hopping vampires are a long-suffering Taoist priest and his bumbling assistants, who add all sorts of wacky twists.
Master Gau (Ching-Ying Lam) agrees to help the wealthy Yam family move their patriarch's body -- until he sees the undecayed body. Turns out Grandpa is a vampire. And after his bumbling assistants fail to properly restrain the vampire, it gets loose, kills its son, and now the vampire hunters are facing TWO vampires instead of one.
To make matters worse, Man Choi (Ricky Hui) has been infected with vampire toxin, which will turn him into a vampire if they can't cure him with sticky rice, and Chou (Siu-hou Chin) is being seduced at night by a ghost. Master Gau must cure one, save the other, and somehow destroy a superpowerful vampire that invades the Yam household.
"Mr. Vampire" was such a success in China that it started a whole trend of "hopping vampire" movies. But as with most trends, the original is still the best and more entertaining example. And it incorporates traditional vampires and succubi from China, as well as little-known mythical trivia (such as sticky rice being the "garlic" for a Chinese vampire).
Expect lots of Peter Jacksonish twisted humor (Man Choi having his fangs filed down) alongside the more typical kind (Chou and Man Choi cast a spell to make their romantic rival strip in public). But when the vampires show up, there are plenty of wild, undignified action scenes. And lots of property damage -- they break every piece of furniture they come across.Read more ›
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The movie's great, but the four stars is for the blu-ray. For some reason the only blu-ray release of the first Mr. Vampire was only in Japan and it's pricy for what you get. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Ernie
hopping zombies + esoteric keys + very funny.... what else could one ask for??Published 17 months ago by PWRPLAYR1
It Mr Vampire! Whats not to love? Its campy, and different than anything you have seen before, unless you already are at home with a golden harvest filmPublished on November 12, 2013 by harriet vane
i luve this movie, I watched it on youtube many times and then I finally got up the nerve to buy it and to me it was worth itPublished on April 6, 2013 by tigeress2010
Made in 1985, "Mr. Vampire" ("Geung si sin sang") is a Hong-Kong horror comedy that spawned many sequels and countless parodies. Read morePublished on March 7, 2013 by Amazon Customer
During a reburial for one of the town's great ancestors, the Taoist-priest-turned-vampire-hunter Master Gau determines that the corpse has joined the legions of the undead, and... Read morePublished on February 3, 2013 by Carl Manes
I picked this disc up on a whim because I was intrigued by the concept of "chinese hopping vampires", which are really a lot like zombies, but they've got to hop around due to... Read morePublished on April 25, 2012 by Superstar
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