Monday, June 21, 2010
Release date: 2007
When I sat down to watch this I hadn’t realised that the director was Ricky Lau, the man who brought us the sublime Mr Vampire. However, once the film started the entire look and feel of the film screamed Lau. This was a comeback film, from what I can gather, though at the time the review was written it did not feature on imdb.
It begins in a graveyard. A girl, Lei (Candice Chan), makes an offering before a grave. Elsewhere in the graveyard a Japanese man, Mr Redmonkey, is digging up grave goods – one suspects illegally. A group of men carry a litter containing Mayor Feng and he gives the advice never to look back in a graveyard. Up ahead a kyonsi appears and the men drop the litter and run.
There are some unanswered plot points within the film but I can’t spoil them without spoiling the crux of the film. These do, however, annoy as you realise they are there. However, all in all this is a good little piece, a solid comeback and a film that those who enjoyed Mr Vampire will get much out of.
6 out of 10.