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Sifu VS Vampire (2014) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) DVD Region 3

Ronald Cheng (Actor) | Yuen Biao (Actor) | Philip Ng (Actor) | Hu Ran (Actor)
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Don't leave an exhumed corpse in the wrong place. Small-time gangsters Nicky (Ronald Cheng, Vulgaria) and Boo (Philip Ng, Once Upon A Time In Shanghai) find this out the hard way in the Wong Jing-produced horror-comedy Sifu VS Vampire, director Daniel Chan's (Triad) tribute to 80s-era Hong Kong vampire flicks.

It is said that a corpse should be exhumed and moved every 30 years to ensure continued fortune and prosperity for its descendants. As the time limit is nearing for his grandfather's corpse, TV station boss Kelvin Chow (Kelvin Kwan, Tales from the Dark 2) looks to Charlie Jiang (Yuen Biao), whose ancestors performed the ritual for the Chow family, to complete the task. When Jiang refuses, citing his belief that the ritual is unethical, Chow enlists Nicky and Boo to coerce him into it. However, a series of accidents causes the corpse to be delivered to and left at Chow's TV station, unleashing a bloodbath.

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Product Title: Sifu VS Vampire (2014) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) 天師鬥殭屍 (2014) (DVD) (香港版) 天师斗僵尸 (2014) (DVD) (香港版) 天師鬥殭屍 (2014) (DVD) (香港版) Sifu VS Vampire (2014) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Ronald Cheng (Actor) | Yuen Biao (Actor) | Philip Ng (Actor) | Hu Ran (Actor) | Kelvin Kwan (Actor) 鄭中基 (Actor) | 元彪 (Actor) | 伍 允龍 (Actor) | 胡然 (Actor) | 關楚耀 (Actor) 郑中基 (Actor) | 元彪 (Actor) | 伍 允龙 (Actor) | 胡然 (Actor) | 关楚耀 (Actor) 鄭中基(ロナルド・チェン) (Actor) | 元彪(ユン・ピョウ) (Actor) | Philip Ng (Actor) | Hu Ran (Actor) | 關楚耀(ケルビン・クヮン) (Actor) Ronald Cheng (Actor) | 원표 (Actor) | Philip Ng (Actor) | Hu Ran (Actor) | Kelvin Kwan (Actor)
Director: Daniel Chan 陳 翊恆 陈 翊恒 Daniel Chan Daniel Chan
Release Date: 2015-04-30
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Place of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1, Widescreen
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 2.0, Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): DVD, DVD-9
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Rating: IIB
Duration: 95 (mins)
Publisher: Deltamac (HK)
Package Weight: 100 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1039299904

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* Special Feature :
- Theatrical Trailer
- Making Of
- Photo Album

Director: Daniel Chan Yee-Heng

Small time gangster Nicky (Ronald Cheng of "Vulgaria") and his friend Boo (Philip Ng of "Once Upon A Time in Shanghai") get the assignment of a life time, to threaten Charlie Jiang (Yuen Biao of "The Peacock King") a feng shui master to exhume the corpse of the great grandfather of TV station tycoon Kelvin Chow (Kelvin Kwan). A new burial is said to bring Kelvin great fortune and prosperity.
To Nicky, ghosts or vampires only ever exist in storybooks and movies. It wasn't until Nicky meets a beautiful female ghost Tomorrow (Michelle Hu) that he begins to understand the existence of the spirit world. And when Boo's favorite actress Bella (Bella Law) gets bitten by a vampire and is slowly turning into one herself, Nicky and Boo enlist the help of Master Charlie and his his protege Ling Xin (Kitty Jiang).
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Professional Review of "Sifu VS Vampire (2014) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)"

August 28, 2015

Daniel Chan, director of the fun Hong Kong throwbacks Triad and Young and Dangerous: Reloaded, goes back to the old school again with Sifu VS Vampire, a fond nod to the crazy hopping vampire films of the 1980s. With notorious schlockmeister Wong Jing as its producer, the man responsible for many of the era's wildest and daftest offerings, the film also earns retro cred through the presence of the talented martial arts star Yuen Biao, whose career sadly never reached the heights of his contemporaries Jackie Chan and Sammo Hung.

Ronald Cheng (Vulgaria) and Philip Ng (Once Upon a Time in Shanghai) play low level hoodlums Nicky and Boo, who end up tangling with the undead after their boss (Tony Ho, Sara) gets involved with ruthless TV station boss Ah Keung (Kelvin Kwan, Tales from the Dark 2). To ensure another 30 years of fortune, Ah Keung tries to push Taoist Charlie Chiang (Yuen Biao) to exhume and move the body of his grandfather, an immoral task which the priest refuses, his father having died during the original ritual. Unfortunately, after evil priest Leopard Man (Ricky Yi) agrees to do the job, the corpse turns into a powerful vampire, and Nicky and Boo are forced to team with Charlie and his disciple Lingxin (Jiang Luxia, Ip Man – The Final Fight) to try and save the day.

Though the obvious point of comparison for Sifu VS Vampire is Juno Mak's recent genre homage Rigor Mortis, the two are actually very different, as where Mak attempted to do something new and contemporary with the form, Daniel Chan is more than happy to stick to what made these films so popular a few decades ago – for some audiences, at least. The film dusts of all the time honoured trappings that fans should know and love, from magic mirrors and peachwood swords, through to gags involving virgin blood and rice, even working in a subplot in which Nicky falls for a winsome spirit called Tomorrow (Michelle Hu, From Vegas to Macau), vowing to find her ashes so she can be reincarnated. Unsurprisingly with Wong Jing onboard the film also goes for the same kind of old fashioned lowbrow humour, packing in an impressive number of penis and breast jokes, complete with lashings of slapstick and bizarre, cartoonish special effects.

Whether or not the viewer finds this kind of nonsense funny is very much key, as the film does focus far more on daft comedy than on horror, with Chan only taking a few stabs at actually making the vampire frightening – certainly, a couple of mild gore scenes and jump scares aside, it's hard to imagine the film giving anyone the chills, and it's best approached with this in mind. Thankfully, the hit and miss humour is balanced to a degree by Chan throwing in plenty of stylishly directed action set pieces, which are well-choreographed by Philip Ng and Yuen Cheung Yan and keep the film bumbling along at a brisk, if uneven pace. The always impressive Yuen Biao gets several chances to show off his skills, as does Jiang Luxia, and their vampire battling scenes provide the film with its best and most entertaining moments, recalling the genre's heyday. The cast in general give the material a lift, and though the only interesting thing about Philip Ng's Boo is his ridiculous afro, Ronald Cheng is on fine and manic form, and throws himself into the fray with likeable enthusiasm.

It's fair to say that all of this will appeal to some audiences while alienating others, and Sifu VS Vampire is clearly one for the fans, who should find plenty to enjoy. An unpretentious, well-meaning piece of fun, the film has exactly the same strengths and weaknesses as those from the 80s which inspired it, Daniel Chan succeeding in recreating their look, feel and zany spirit.

by James Mudge - EasternKicks.com

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