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Martial artist Chin Siu Ho starred in many Hong Kong vampire comedies in the eighties and nineties, including the classic Mr. Vampire. The bumbling apprentice vampire hunter of yesteryear now takes on the mentor role in Vampire Cleanup Department, which gives a new-school twist to the old-school horror comedy genre. In his first leading role, Babyjohn Choi (Shockwave) plays the vampire hunter-in-training alongside a cast that includes veterans Yuen Cheung Yan, Law Mong, Siu Yam Yam and Richard Ng, as well as Bondy Chiu and Malaysian singer Lin Min Chen in her film debut. Co-directed by new directors Anthony Yan and Chiu Siu Hang, Vampire Cleanup Department was screened at the Fantasia International Film Festival and the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival.
Vampires regularly pop up in Hong Kong, but ordinary citizens never hear about them thanks to the vigilant actions of the Vampire Cleanup Department (VCD). The secret task unit is headquartered in a garbage collection station and patrols the streets at night disguised as street cleaners. However, theirs is a twilight trade run on a shrinking budget, and the team is now down to just department head Uncle Chung (Richard Ng), Taoist priest Ginger (Yuen Cheung Yan), technical support specialist M (Bondy Chiu), weapons expert Kui (Law Mong) and one vampire hunter, Captain Chau (Chin Siu Ho). After discovering that Tim (Babyjohn Choi) is immune to vampire toxin, Chung recruits the geeky youth into the VCD as a trainee vampire hunter, much to the unimpressed disapproval of Chau. On his first operation, Tim not only lets a powerful century-old vampire get away, he unwittingly awakens and then harbors an innocent female vampire (Lin Min Chen).
|Product Title:||Vampire Cleanup Department (2017) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) 救殭清道夫 (2017) (Blu-ray) (香港版) 救僵清道夫 (2017) (Blu-ray) (香港版) Vampire Cleanup Department (2017) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Vampire Cleanup Department (2017) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)|
|Artist Name(s):||Chin Siu Ho (Actor) | Babyjohn Choi (Actor) | Lin Min Chen (Actor) | Bondy Chiu (Actor) | Richard Ng (Actor) | Yuen Cheung Yan (Actor) | Law Mong (Actor) | Siu Yam Yam (Actor) 錢小豪 (Actor) | 蔡瀚億 (Actor) | 林 明禎 (Actor) | 趙學而 (Actor) | 吳耀漢 (Actor) | 袁祥仁 (Actor) | 羅莽 (Actor) | 邵音音 (Actor) 钱小豪 (Actor) | 蔡瀚亿 (Actor) | 林 明祯 (Actor) | 赵学而 (Actor) | 吴耀汉 (Actor) | 袁祥仁 (Actor) | 罗莽 (Actor) | 邵音音 (Actor) 錢小豪（チン・シウホウ） (Actor) | ベイビージョン・チョイ (Actor) | リン・ミンチェン (Actor) | 趙學而 （ボンディー・チウ） (Actor) | 呉耀漢（リチャード・ン） (Actor) | 袁祥仁（ユエン・チョンヤン） (Actor) | 羅莽（ロー・モン） (Actor) | 邵音音（シウ・ヤムヤム） (Actor) Chin Siu Ho (Actor) | Babyjohn Choi (Actor) | Lin Min Chen (Actor) | Bondy Chiu (Actor) | Richard Ng (Actor) | Yuen Cheung Yan (Actor) | Law Mong (Actor) | Siu Yam Yam (Actor)|
|Director:||Chin Siu Hang | Anthony Yan 趙 善恆 | 甄柏榮 甄 赵 善恒 | 甄柏荣 甄 チウ・シン・ハン | ヤン・パク・ウィン Chin Siu Hang | Anthony Yan|
|Blu-ray Region Code:||All Region What is it?|
|Subtitles:||English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese|
|Country of Origin:||Hong Kong|
|Picture Format:||[HD] High Definition What is it?|
|Sound Information:||Dolby Digital EX(TM) / THX Surround EX(TM)|
|Screen Resolution:||1080p (1920 x 1080 progressive scan)|
|Package Weight:||100 (g)|
|Shipment Unit:||1 What is it?|
|YesAsia Catalog No.:||1060476732|
One night, the nerdy geek Tim Cheung (starring Babyjohn Choi) sees a hideous vampire in a dark alley. He is scared and promptly faints. He is saved by Uncle Chau (starring Chin Siu Ho) who believes in his ability to recover quickly after being beaten by vampires…
In his first mission of hunting vampires, Tim gets lost and meets a lady vampire, Summer (starring Lin Min Chen). Tim thinks she is harmless to human, so he hides her in his home out of helplessness. As Summer gets along with Tim, she learns to be human again and even communicates with Tim with body language. Tim has to hide Summer away from VCD.
Secret never keeps long, Uncle Chau is furious knowing the relationship between Tim and Summer, and decides to terminate Tim’s job at VCD.
Meanwhile, the “Red Moon” phenomenon appears once in a century, drawing the most powerful vampire King to rise from his grave! The police is not able to control it and suffers severe casualty. Tim plans to find Uncle Chau to reunite VCD, so as to save Summer and fight against the vammpire King.
Can Tim successfully rescue Summer? Can Tim convince Uncle Chau to accept Summer as a harmless vampire? Is VCD able to stop the Vampire King from haunting the city?
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Professional Review of "Vampire Cleanup Department (2017) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)"
There have been several attempts of late to rejuvenate the Hong Kong hopping vampire or kyonshi genre which so was popular in the 1980s and 1990s, including Juno Mak's Rigor Mortis and the Wong Jing-produced Sifu vs Vampire. Sadly, though not without their merits, neither managed to really succeed in bringing the form back to life, leaving it to first time directors Anthony Yan and Chiu Siu Hang to step up and take another stab with their horror comedy Vampire Cleanup Department. Fittingly, the film stars Chin Siu Ho, who turned up a number of hopping vampire outings during the heyday of the form, often alongside the immortal Lam Ching Ying, including the classic Mr. Vampire. Chin is joined by fellow veterans Yuen Cheung Yan (Once Upon a Time In China), Law Mong (Five Deadly Venoms), Siu Yam Yam (Love off the Cuff) and Richard Ng (Rigor Mortis), as well as newcomers Babyjohn Choi (Shock Wave) and Malaysian singer Lin Min Chen, making her big screen debut.
The film opens with Babyjohn Choi as Tim, an orphaned young man who joins the Vampire Cleanup Department (VCD), a secret group tasked with protecting Hong Kong from the hopping undead, patrolling the streets at night dressed as street cleaners. Led by vampire hunter Captain Chau (Chin Siu Ho), backed by Uncle Chung (Richard Ng), Taoist priest Ginger (Yuen Cheung Yan), weapons specialist Kui (Law Mong) and technical expert M (Bondy Chiu), the older men initially are wary of letting Tim become part of the team, until it's revealed that he has a rare immunity to vampires. After undergoing rigorous training, he takes on his first mission, which unfortunately results in the escape of a particularly powerful old vampire, as well as an attractive and innocent female vampire (Lin Min Chen) who takes a liking to him and follows him home.
Kyonshi fans rejoice – Vampire Cleanup Department is the real deal, an entertaining and fast-paced throwback that provides a welcome reminder of what made the genre so much fun in the first place. While neither Rigor Mortis and Sifu vs Vampire quite seemed to know if they wanted to modernise or just pay homage to the classics of the past, Anthony Yan and Chiu Siu Hang focus on simply getting down to business, packing in plenty of hopping vampire action, martial arts, wacky comedy and Taoist trappings. Though the film is set in the present day, it manages to nail a timeless feel, and indeed would have been perfectly acceptable had it been labelled as a Mr. Vampire sequel or reboot, recalling the classic in terms of its frenetic mix of laughs and the supernatural. The film benefits from being genuinely likeable, Yan and Hang having an obvious affection for the material, balancing nostalgia with more modern trappings and techniques – the action choreography is strong, and the special effects are a pleasing mix of CGI and the practical, with a few surprisingly gory scenes thrown in for good measure.
The cast really help in this respect, and though no-one can replace Lam Ching Ying, having Chin Siu Ho gives things a boost, the actor having learned his craft and the sifu role very well, playing it with a fitting stern and stoic decency – Chin is certainly an experienced Kyonshi star, and as well as Mr. Vampire also featured in the likes of Vampire vs. Vampire, The Ultimate Vampire and New Mr. Vampire, as well as in Rigor Mortis. It's similarly great to see Richard Ng, Yuen Cheung Yan, Law Mong and Siu Yam Yam, providing another link to the favourites of the past, and this gives the film the air of an ensemble piece, each having their own gags and gimmicks in the team position. Perhaps surprisingly, Babyjohn Choi and Lin Min Chen also do very well in their roles, and though it might have been feared that they'd been simply copied and pasted into the film to add a little youth appeal, both are amiable and engaging in their roles, the romance between the two of them never feeling too gratuitous and having at least some emotional impact.
Kyonshi fans should find a great deal to enjoy and admire about Vampire Cleanup Department, and it's arguably the best of the recent efforts to breathe life back into the genre. Anthony Yan and Chiu Siu Hang do a great job of tapping into the essence of Mr. Vampire et al, and while the film is the very definition of throwaway fun, it's an accomplished and entertaining revisiting of a much beloved form.
by James Mudge - EasternKicks.com