鍾馗嫁妹
The Chinese Ghostbuster (1994)


Reviewed by: STSH
Date: 04/04/2006
Summary: Just average

Without subtitles, this one was a bit hard to follow.

Simon (Mark Cheng) is sent to the spirit world by Lam Ching Ying, bumps into Mui (Yau Yuet-Ching), who finds him charming and then crosses over to modern HK to find him. Mui takes along an older ghost (possibly her uncle, Wu Ma) and a fighting midget. She finds Simon and has a one-night stand with him, but the path to true certainly doesn't run smooth between a ghost and a man. Mui is disappointed to find Simon doesn't want more. There were several references here to $10 million, perhaps a gambling debt, and they part for awhile. The ghosts are also being pursued by a long-haired demon (Waise Lee), who provides the excuse for a number of sword-play and flying fight scenes, which range from amusing (where a vacuum cleaner is used to good effect) to quite good. Mui and Simon eventually get back together, and they meet at the church in full wedding gear. But the demon kidnaps Simon and takes him to a disco, where the good ghosts fight the demon yet again.

There's lots of soft focus, weird camera angle and fast zooms, and the overall look is quite beautiful. But it's far from gripping, and despite running just under 90 minutes, it felt about 20 minutes too long. Apart from the fight scenes, the actors walk through their parts, and the pacing is not up to scratch.

OVERALL : A barely second-rate attempt to copy the Chinese Ghost Story formula.

Reviewer Score: 4

Reviewed by: ElectraWoman
Date: 10/12/2000
Summary: 4/10-Some interesting scenes, but few and far between

Yet another ghost flick from director Wu Ma, and this certainly isn't his best effort.

This is a little variation on the "mortal loves ghost" theme-this time it's the ghost who loves the mortal. Mark Cheng is a-hmm, man whore?-who, coerced by a guilt-ridden widowed client is sent to the netherworld by Lam Ching-Ying, and he lands onto Mondi Yau, a ghostly bride-to-be attempting marriage for the 18th time. It's love at first sight for Yau, who abandons her marriage then convinces her brother, the master ghostbuster Wu Ma, to escape to Earth in order to intice Cheng, and a midget assistant comes as well. There's a reason for coming to Earth-if Yau doesn't marry soon she will never reincarnate. However an evil spirit is ready to spoil their plans.

The lighting in this film is one of the best I've ever seen, giving it an etheral look, and there are some innovative ways of fighting ghosts-use a vacuum cleaner! bwahahah :) There's also some inspired fighting scenes, esp. one involving a drum kit, and some interesting camera angles. However, the script is quite lame and the actors all seem half-asleep. You know this film is bad when even Lam Ching-Ying seems bored with the proceedings.


Reviewed by: hkcinema
Date: 12/21/1999

Two ghostbusters from the spirit world escape to earth in anattempt to preserve their chances for reincarnation. Taoist magic and martial arts action make an entertaining combination in this "ghostly" romantic comedy.

[Reviewed by Tai Seng Catalog]