Hong Kong Digital
is a recurring series of movie reviews by John Charles -- associate
editor / film reviewer for Video Watchdog magazine and the author
of The Hong Kong Filmography.
After inadvertently encouraging a suicidal girl to jump off a building to her death, police officers Chi (Julian Cheung Chi-lam) and Wah (Michael Tse Tin-wah) are transferred to a remote village where no one has committed a crime in over 20 years. Renting a room from the decidely senile Aunt Nun (Helena Law Lan), Chi encounters the woman's beautiful granddaughter, Queenie (Annie Wu Chen-chun), who has just returned after having been away in England for some time. Her arrival is soon followed by that of Wah's harebrained uncle (Tats Lau Yee-tat), who is suffering from an advanced case of vampirism (of the Western variety, hence the dimestore novelty teeth Lau struggles to keep in his mouth). Chi is instantly smitten with Queenie but there is something strange about her relationship with Nun and who is that mysterious gweilo (Jude Poyer) that is always hanging around?
Annie Wu Chen-chun and Julian Cheung Chi-lam. Image courtesy Universe.
Another stiff from the consistently lethal Aman Cheung Man (BODY WEAPON), this aimless, altogether unfunny horror farce tests one's patience with its sub-Wong Jing scatological humor and deadly pacing. The relationship between Annie Wu and Julian Cheung is meant to be starcrossed in the classic sense but is simply mawkish and the director's attempts to jazz up this dismal material (like having one scene play out with the characters' thoughts presented in comic book-style bubbles) fall utterly flat. Even the habitually amusing Tats Lau is annoying here, as is Law's dotty old lady schtick. For once, the Taiwan-born Wu is not dubbed, speaking a combination of Cantonese and English. Lam Suet and Lo Fan have supporting roles.