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Wong Siu Fung (Actor) | Chin Siu Ho (Actor) | Lam Ching Ying (Actor) | Ricky Lau (Director)
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Mr. Vampire (1985) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
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Mr. Vampire is the seminal Hong Kong horror-comedy featuring the infamous hopping vampires of Chinese folklore, and it stars the genre's undisputed king: the great Lam Ching Ying! Kou (Lam Ching Ying) is a quietly charismatic Taoist priest with one goal in life: to take out the undead with his cool Taoist shenanigans. Kou is called into action when an undead fellow (Yuen Wah) refuses to stay dead thanks to burial in a site with bad feng shui. He becomes a hopping terror begging for Kou's exorcism, but Kou must also deal with his two students Ricky Hui and Chin Siu-Ho. One is haunted by a pretty ghost (Pauline Wong Siu Fung), and the other is infected for possible conversion into a hopping vampire! But when the undead vampire targets Kou's granddaughter (Moon Lee), all bets are off! Sticky rice, paper amulets, and the fabulous sword of coins are the chosen weapons in Mr. Vampire, and Lam Ching Ying has the skills and the smarts to wield them! Featuring action sequences from the great Sammo Hung, Mr. Vampire is an entertaining action-horror-comedy that still charms and amazes years after its release.

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Product Title: Mr. Vampire (1985) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) 殭屍先生 (1985) (DVD) (香港版) 僵尸先生 (1985) (DVD) (香港版) 霊幻道士(彊屍先生) Mr. Vampire (1985) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Also known as: 暫時停止呼吸 暂时停止呼吸
Artist Name(s): Wong Siu Fung (Actor) | Chin Siu Ho (Actor) | Lam Ching Ying (Actor) | Ricky Hui (Actor) | Yuen Wah (Actor) | Wu Ma (Actor) | Billy Lau (Actor) | Moon Lee (Actor) | Anthony Chan (Actor) | Wong Wan Si (Actor) | Tenky Tin (Actor) 王小鳳 (Actor) | 錢小豪 (Actor) | 林正英 (Actor) | 許 冠英 (Actor) | 元華 (Actor) | 午馬 (Actor) | 樓南光 (Actor) | 李賽鳳 (Actor) | 陳友 (Actor) | 黃韻詩 (Actor) | 田啟文 (Actor) 王小凤 (Actor) | 钱小豪 (Actor) | 林正英 (Actor) | 许 冠英 (Actor) | 元华 (Actor) | 午马 (Actor) | 楼南光 (Actor) | 李赛凤 (Actor) | 陈友 (Actor) | 黄韵诗 (Actor) | 田启文 (Actor) 王小鳳 (ウォン・シウフォン) (Actor) | 錢小豪(チン・シウホウ) (Actor) | 林正英(ラム・チェンイン)  (Actor) | 許冠英 (リッキー・ホイ) (Actor) | 元華(ユン・ワー) (Actor) | 午馬(ウー・マー) (Actor) | 樓南光(ビリー・ラウ) (Actor) | 李賽鳳(ムーン・リー) (Actor) | 陳友(アンソニー・チャン) (Actor) | 黄韻詩(ウォン・ワンシー) (Actor) | 田啓文 (ティン・カイマン) (Actor) Wong Siu Fung (Actor) | Chin Siu Ho (Actor) | Lam Ching Ying (Actor) | Ricky Hui (Actor) | Yuen Wah (Actor) | Wu Ma (Actor) | Billy Lau (Actor) | Moon Lee (Actor) | Anthony Chan (Actor) | Wong Wan Si (Actor) | Tenky Tin (Actor)
Director: Ricky Lau 劉觀偉 刘观伟 劉觀偉(リッキー・ラウ) Ricky Lau
Release Date: 2000-09-01
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 2.0
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: All Region What is it?
Duration: 94 (mins)
Publisher: Deltamac (HK)
Package Weight: 100 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1000030202

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Director: Ricky Lau

  The geomancy expert chose the plot to bury Mr. Yan's father 20 years ago. But, a new burial must be made at another site to ensure Mr. Yan to become more riches. So Mr. Yan calls in Chinese voodoo priest Kou to handle to reburial. The corpse rises and a vampire is born. It first kill Mr. Yan and roams about for new victims. Manchoi is attacked by the vampire and Tsausan falls in love with a young girl ghost. Priest Kou has a busy time to save Manchoi and Tsausan. The vampire has become the public enemy. The priest, the sheriff and all young people fight back and get the vampire dead for good……
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Professional Review of "Mr. Vampire (1985) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)"

July 13, 2005

This professional review refers to Mr. Vampire (DVD) (Digitally Remastered) (Hong Kong Version)
Ground zero of Hong Kong horror, Mr. Vampire is the movie that launched a thousand hopping vampires flicks featuring gyonshi, Chinese vampires, stiff as boards, unable to bend their knees, reduced to hopping after their dinners, arms outstretched stiffly in front of them, ready to sink their razor sharp nails into the soft flesh of the living. Later played for laughs (kid vampires - awwww!) here the hopping vampires (Mr. Vampire, to you) are played almost exclusively for scares, and as goofy as they get these stiff, stinky, blind, blood-hungry corpses can get quite scary, and they are not the kind of peripatetic corpses one can tease with immunity.

Why become a bad vampire, endlessly hopping about? Bad burial. And that's what's happened with Mr. Yam's grandfather. Maliciously buried by a hacked-off Taoist priest in a spot with bad feng shui, an entire generation of Mr. Yam's family has had their fortune ruined. Who's he gonna' call? Good Taoist priest! Enter Lam Ching-ying. Bruce Lee's assistant and occasional stunt double and a contemporary of Jackie Chan and Sammo Hung's, Lam Ching-ying studied Peking Opera under Madame Fan Fok-fa, specializing in female roles. Mr. Vampire would forever typecast him as the stern on the outside, nice on the inside, Taoist priest but here the role still doesn't have its rough edges worn off by familiarity. Assisting him are his two students, Chin Siu-ho (young kung-fu lothario, recently arrested for taking indecent pictures of young lassies while drunk) and Ricky Hui (a seriously odd-looking sap who is one of the three Hui brothers, kings of early 80's Hong Kong comedy). Together they exhume and rebury Mr. Yam's grandfather, but something goes wrong and he comes back from the grave hungry for family blood.

Mr. Vampire is creepy and it's kooky, altogether ooky, and more than just a simple movie. It's: a) an educational film on Taoist ritual. Chicken blood, cherrywood sword, magic compass, a quick primer on the five elements - all the miscellany of Taoism are here and on full display; b) a mental hygiene film on the dead dating the living. Pauline Wong plays a ghost who falls in love with Chin Siu-ho and witches him into falling in love back. Lam Ching-ying tries to stop it and she throws her hissing head at him. Lesson: love between man and ghost? Don't do it, sonny; c) A corpse aerobics video: Mr. Vampire, played by one of the Seven Little Fortunes, Yuen Wah, keeps coming back from the grave, each time in a different stage of decay. But whereas he's stiff and hopping the first time, gradually he limbers up, really working out the kinks in his hamstrings until by his final appearance he's fully flexible and able to touch his toes. Produced by Sammo Hung, and spawning six sequels (not including spin-offs like Ultimate Vampire, Musical Vampire, and Crazy Safari) this is the best of the bunch, hands down.

by Grady Hendrix

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Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9.6 out of 10 (5)
Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9.6 out of 10 (11)

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October 14, 2009

This customer review refers to Mr. Vampire (VCD) (Digitally Remastered) (Hong Kong Version)
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Hop, hop, hooray! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
Not much of a fan of chinese hopping vampires, I'm so glad I took the risk and watched this movie. Of course, Lam Ching Ying had something to do with it. I was on a 'run' of sorts and been watching quite a number of his comedic movies lately and this tops it all.

All lead players have a genuine chemistry and I just can't get enough of all those canto jokes and insinuations. Bravo to the scriptwriter for such a neat package - believable storyline and not stray off. The unsung hero of course is Yuen Wah who's the main hopping vampire (Mr Yam's father). The action sequences and stuntwork were fantastic.

Now my only problem is buying the only available digitally remastered VCD cause they're not producing the DVD anymore. Better than nothing.
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June 21, 2008

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An Unlikely Landmark film! Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
The Film which would forever Typecast it's star, Mr. Vampire is one of the most Important films in the History of Hong Kong Cinema. Starring a whole bunch of Second Bananas, who as this film shows, if there was any justice in the world they would have been stars much earlier.

This Film seemed like it was doomed from the start, due to the Inexperience of it's Director and as previously explained, a cast of actors who are either unknown, or known for being unknown (ie. Stuntmen and B-actors) . However, the Producer of this Film (None other than Sammo Hung Himself!) rightly stayed the course, resulting in one of the Greatest HK action-Comedies of all time!

The Plot Revolves around a veteran Taoist Priest known as master Gau who runs a Mortuary of sorts (Lam Ching-Ying) and his two assistants, Man Choi (Ricky Hui, Youngest Brother of Michael and Samuel Hui) and Chou (Chin Siu-ho, Stuntman and brother of fellow Stuntman Chin Ga-Lok). Chou and Man Choi like to play jokes on each other, and late one night while Man Choi is inspecting the rounds, Chou disguises himself as a vampire to scare Man Choi, and while he is successful, Chou in the process also lets the live Vampires Free!

While out with a fellow Taoist Priest in charge of these vampires, Master Gau returns to his Mortuary only to find Chou and Man Choi being chased by Vampires (the Gung Xi or Geung shi, who are more or less Hopping Corpses rather than the traditional European vampire in the Opera Costume). Fortunately Master Gau and the other Taoist Priest (Played by Anthony Chan Yau, the Drummer for the Wynners) are able to save the day (or night) and the film begins in earnest.

Mr. Yam (Ha Wong) is a wealthy Businessman who deals with clients both domestically and Internationally, but since the death of his father, has suffered a great deal of bad luck lately. Believing that his father's burial has something to do with his run of bad luck, he contacts Master Gau and arranges a meeting at a Western Restaurant for afternoon tea. Gau has never been to a Western Tea before, so he invites Man Choi along so that he may save face. The resulting scene is a humourous one, as Yam's Daughter Ting-Ting (Moon Lee) tricks both Gau and Man Choi, taking advantage of their ignorance of a Western Tea.

This scene however also advances the plot, and Master Gau agrees to the reburial. When digging up the grave of Yam's Father, many ominous signs appear (such as the black ravens flying south) and Master Gau is suspicious that this Body may not be all that it seems. As it turns out, he is right, and the body has not decomposed in over 20 years of burial, as well as have grown exceptionally long Blue Fingernails, tell-tale signs of a Vampire.

Gau knows all too well that Yam's father will soon turn into a vampire, and suggests a cremation on the spot. Yam however refuses, stating that his father was afraid of fire, a decision that turns out to be fatal when Yam too is killed by his father later that night, thus becoming a Vampire as well.

Before they leave the Cemetery, Master Gau requests that Man Choi and Chou put incense on each grave, Chou spots the grave of a Beautiful young girl named Jade, but is startled when a voice says Thank you and runs off, bumping into Man Choi. Man Choi is holding an unusual stick of Incense which will not burn properly, so they take it to Master Gau. Gau is able to fortell from that stick of incense that Yam will die that night.

Wai (Billy Lau) is a cousin of Ting-Ting and the local Police Chief. He isn't too fond of Master Gau or his associates, and charges Master Gau with the murder of Yam, taking Yam's body with Master Gau to the Interrogation room of the local police station. Knowing that Yam's body will turn into a Vampire soon, Master Gau asks Chou to deliver his Vampire-fighting equipment to the cells that night, and sends Man Choi to guard Ting-Ting lest her Grandfather decides to kill her too.

After two very funny action-comedy scenes (which i won't spoil for you) Man Choi is bitten by the vampire. Master Gau has run out of sticky Rice (which repels the Gung Xi) so he sends Chou to get some from the Next town. After being tricked by a Greedy Rice salesman (Wu Ma) and his Inept son, Chou begins the long ride home. While riding home, he sees what appears to be a molestation of a young girl, and goes to her rescue. what he doesn't know, is that the 'young girl' is actually the Fox Spirit of Jade, the young girl who he 'met' at the cemetery.

After a long night with Jade, Chou returns the next morning with his sack of tainted rice. Master Gau is able to deduce that he has slept with a Ghost, and scolds Chou for being so careless while Man Choi is in danger of becoming a Vampire. Of course Chou doesn't listen, and returns to Jade's house that night, this time though, Gau follows him.

Another Interesting fight ensures, and Gau returns to the mortuary with Chou in tow. This time however he ties him up so that he won't visit Jade. Unfortunately for Chou, his mistake at the Rice Shop is about to bite him back (literally) as Man Choi enters Vampire Mode that night, with Master Gau too busy trying to fight Jade to help save Chou from Man Choi.

During their fight, Jade sees Chou is in Trouble and tries to save him from Man Choi. Grateful for her saving his life, Chou asks his master not to hurt Jade. Gau explains that if they continue their love affair, Chou will die, so the two tearfully part, just before Wai returns to inform Gau that the Vampire which killed his Uncle is still on the loose.

In typical Sammo Hung Style, the Comedic Final Fight between Chou, Master Gau and the Vampire (Who is apparently played by Yuen Wah) is something else, and once again, it would demean the experience if i spoil it for you.

As stated Numerous times before, this is a truly Landmark film, not just for being a great film in all areas, but because of it's adversities that it overcame. By no means should this movie be a classic film, yet it is, which is full credit to the Director, Producer and it's fantastic cast. Highly Recommended for Sammo Hung Fans.
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February 10, 2008

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That's entertainment! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
"Mr. Vampire" was the first film directed by Ricky Lau. He was given a shoestring budget and had only two weeks to shoot it. It almost seems like a miracle that these circumstances yielded one of the greatest action comedies that Hong Kong has produced.

One of the reasons for the film's success is that the filmmakers had plenty of time to hone the script into a tightly written gem. Another big reason is the great comic performance of Lam Ching Ying. The deadpan seriousness with which he attacks his role is a joy to behold. Other treats are the film's eye-popping stunt work and the jaw-dropping loveliness of Moon Lee.

I particularly recommend this new digitally remastered version of the film. It looks great, has excellent English subtitles, and features an interesting interview with director Lau. I previously had owned a rather grainy VHS tape of this movie that really didn't do it justice.

This certainly was not the first "hopping vampire" movie, but the theme has never been done better. I recommend this DVD very highly to everyone. The inspired silliness of "Mr. Vampire" will remain a gift to viewers for generations to come.
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October 5, 2005

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THE BEST Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
Great film to see, nice easy story, plenty of action.
should not miss out if your a fan of old action films.
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September 29, 2005

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Great Horror -Comedy that Defines a Genre Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
The one & only original that created the hopping ghost genre, established a horror-comedy forumula by which all other HK vampire movies are judged. A lot of Chinese vampire lore is defined in this movie. Absolute must see of HK film. Not only is there a vampire plot, there is also a spirit girl subplot with the underrated Pauline Wong Siu-fung (1985 HK Film Awards Best Actress)as the ghostly lover. This movie is not frighteningly scary but it has thrills and suspense, great action, good comedy & slapstick, terrific incendiary effects and a damn evil & ugly vampire. This film will whet your appetite for more hopping ghost action.
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