Kui moh ging chaat
Mandarin: Qu mo jing cha
English: Cop Who Can Drive Away Spirits
An immensely enjoyable blend of the horror and cop action genres, this imaginative
effort is the perfect vehicle for its star, the late great Lam Ching-ying.
He plays Fung Zee, a tough-as-nails policeman who is also a Taoist master.
His expertise is required when the police must kill a drug trafficker who
refused to surrender and behaved like a zombie. Fung's examination of the
corpse leads him to a health club in Tsimshatsui and Eddie (Frankie Chin Chi-leung),
a musclebound courier who works for a mysterious Japanese woman (Michiko Nishiwaki;
image). When Fung determines the woman's location,
he quickly discovers that she is just as skilled in the supernatural as he
is, setting the stage for a magical duel of grand proportions.
Almost entirely unpredictable and filled with wild, intricate spells that
will amaze most Western viewers, MAGIC COP is one of the best entries in the
horror/comedy craze that was fuelled by the success of MR. VAMPIRE (reviewed
in issue #142a). While obviously produced using
the most basic means, the special effects are still terrific, effectively
conveying the required illusions, no matter how intricate or otherworldly
they may be. The magical combat is perfectly staged by veteran stuntman/director
Stephen Tung Wai; the climax is paced like lightning, rarely allowing one
to catch a breath. A likeable cast (including Miu Kiu-wai, Wilson Lam Chung-yin,
Wong Mei-wah, Wu Ma, and Billy Chau Bei-lee) and genuinely amusing comic asides
are icing on the cake. While there were three official follow-ups to MR. VAMPIRE,
Fung Zee unfortunately never received his own series.
Cover art courtesy Mega Star.