It features a cop named Rockman (Mark Cheng) who is part of a specialist crime team trying to track down a fugitive called Lam Chiu (Tak-bun Wong). Lam Chiu has not been long released from prison and is suspected of cop murders. He was put away by Rockman but had initially resisted arrest. Rockman shot Lam Chiu during the arrest and, although he survived, he has lost all sense of pain. Interestingly he suggests, towards the end of the film, that he now knows what it is like to be one of the living dead because of this.
|the baby is killed|
|sign of Gong Tau|
|Rockman and Sum|
Here is the nub of the story – and the reason for the honourable mention – Rockman had an affair when in Thailand and the sorcerer is out for revenge over the affair. The connection with Lam Chiu is minimal – he is killing cops to get corpse fat from them (hence the burnt chin) as ingredients for magic, he sells to the sorcerer but he is also the only one that can save Rockman’s wife from him. The sorcerer has cast a flying head Gong Tau.
|flying head drinks blood|
I said it started as a tense thriller but the film suffered from some poor pacing as it went along. On the other hand it generated some nice atmospherics and had some effective gore moments. The vampiric appearance was kind of a pseudo-krasue, but certainly the filmmakers must have known what they were borrowing and it is of genre interest enough to deserve an honourable mention.
The imdb page is here.
Gong Tau: An Oriental Black Magic on Amazon US