The film swings wildly from comedy to action to horror in the dizzying blink of an eye. He tells Shun that if a woman in pink shows up at the station that used to be a clubhouse for Japanese soldiers , there will be consequences, unless necessary precautions are taken. Soon the woman in pink shows herself to Sneaky Ming and leads him into the clubhouse that was, for a lethal game of mahjong. No one told them about the haunted aspect though and it's struggles from day one. As a result, the station is haunted by the evil Japanese Colonel, who returns and promptly takes out lowlife thief Ming Billy Lau.
That was of course a gritty and emotional action-drama so it's unfair to compare his role there to this film. Country: Hong Kong Status: Released: Genre: ; ; ;. And yes, before you ask, chopsticks are used as vampire-killing tools. The camerawork is rarely very intricate and it's pretty much a straight forward way of doing it that Jeff chooses. Far from it, the vampires in this film have been heavily influenced by western cinema! I could have never imagined those words could share the same sentence, but The Haunted Cop Shop is definitely required viewing for fans of both.
It helps that pretty much all the humour is visual and that creates highlights such as our main characters imitating vampires to get out of a tight spot. One wonders if General Issey had a barber shop on the side and why the make up people felt the need to make him so well cut is a question you could debate with your friends after the movie and a few beers. This film is sort of a murky unofficial sequel to Mr. A jarheaded cop attempts to start a Ghostbusting team so he can get a promotion and then more got lost in the translation. Wong Kar-Wai may have co-wrote the script, but it possesses none of his trademark post-modern self-reflection.
I am taking a gamble with this one, because I would hate to get burned by a wacky supernatural comedy dud. Anything with Wong Jing's name on it will probably feature a character or two like that. This film is out of its gourd and even with all the random moments and insanity, its a total blast! Of course his opponents are spirits and with them they bring General Issey, a bloodthirsty vampire. Jacky Cheung and Ricky Hui provide several good laughs in the lead roles as two bumbling cops who get into one slapstick-fueled situation after another while trying to convince their superiors that something supernatural is afoot. Considering the high caliber films he has put out in recent years I was shocked to find out he was involved with this campy-palooza Dracula flick! He's quickly in and out of the picture but he gets to show off his martial arts skills in a short but decent choreographed action scene.
However, the pranks pulled by Macky and Man dip into truly insane territory. Quite fun and another aspect that made the entertainment factor rise. Soon the woman in pink shows herself to Sneaky Ming and leads him into the clubhouse that was, for a lethal game of mahjong. Examples of scenes that creates this is Billy Lau's mentioned visit to the clubhouse and Ricky Hui trying to grab a key off the bed where a vampire is strapped down. The cinematography and art direction transforms from flat shots of people lined up against a blank wall to fluid, well composed shots.
Pretty much during the second half though the filmmakers choose to go with the horror-comedy which works quite well but I could've done without the dog scene which is to me too disgusting to even talk about. Vampirized by their leader, General Issey a bloodsucker of the Western variety, sporting the requisite Bela Lugosi-style cape , Ming tries to make Macky and Chiu believe that he is no longer of this earth but the two remain unconvinced -- until Ming gets hit with a ray of sunshine and promptly disintegrates into a pile of ashes. Or, maybe, and I like think this one is true, Wong Kar-Wai wrote a film where the protagonists kill a dog. Vampire arrests petty thief Sneaky Ming Billy Lau from Miracles and throws him in jail. It is a prime example of schizophrenic Hong Kong cinema. I have no fucking clue.
The Cantonese Dolby Digital 5. Every Asian Cult Film encyclopedia tried to warn me never to watch Haunted Cop Shop 1, so I have no idea if its an Empire Strikes Back or Raped By an Angel 3 deal, where it's not safe to go in blindly without knowing the back stories of each elaborate character's pasts,presents or futures. A bit of a thankless aspect of his character is his obsession with sex but that kind of trait isn't something new to Hong Kong movies really. Don't expect a difficult film though despite acclaimed director Wong Kar-Wai's screen writing credit. This is just the beginning of the troubles for Sneaky Ming and not to mention Mackey Kim and Chiu Man. Shun shrugs off the warning and decides to go on with police business as usual.
Trama e commenti: - : « Jeff Lau sin dagli esordi punta subito al genere horror, terreno prediletto, come dimostrerà con le opere successive: con The Haunted Cop Shop elabora una complicata sarabanda che mescola apparentemente alla rinfusa umori e sensazioni, e che sa distillare emozioni forti. The film is certainly funny enough, but it lacks any qualities that could possibly propel it to the status of a Mr. This is probably a film that wouldn't even have existed if Encounters Of The Spooky Kind or Mr. Headless ghost chase and diamond crucifix? The horror can almost be divided into two parts, one that consciously is geared more towards the humour but there are also scenes that are pretty tense and atmospheric. Follow Description: It's the day of the annual Festival Of Hungry Ghosts and Police Cheif Shun Woo Fung from Red Wolf gets a visit from a former officer who is now a monk who brings with him a warning.