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Mr. Vampire 2 (1986)

Cast: Lam Ching-Ying, Yuen Biao, James Tien, more...
Director: Ricky Lau
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Studio: Media Asia
Genre: Comedies, Foreign, Horror, Parodies, Vampires, Hong Kong
Running Time: 91 min.
Languages: English, Cantonese
Subtitles: English, Korean, Japanese
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Synopsis
Ricky Lau follows up on his smash horror-comedy yarn with this sequel set in the present day. The film opens with a swashbuckling professor (Chung Fat), who, during an exposition, stumbles upon a whole family of vampires. His scheme of selling the preserved corpses hits a snag when the child vampire runs for the hills and taken in by a pair of adorable moppets who try to hide their new friend from their parents. Somewhere along the lines, Gigi (Moon Lee) and Jen (Yuen Biao) accidentally release the vampire parents resulting in some high-flying kung-fu fights. When the undead duo manage to steal away, Taoist priest Lin (Lam Ching-ying) and police chief James (James Tien) set out to track them down. ~ Jonathan Crow, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

A bold attempt by IWhitney January 15, 2004 - 1:36 PM PST
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2 out of 3 members found this review helpful
As unwatchable as I found this movie to be, I have to give the filmmakers credit. A year after the incredibly popular Mr. Vampire they release this sequel, which, horror of horrors, actually tries to be different from its predecessor.

Hong Kong, more than even Hollywood, knows the secret to a sequel's success is slavish recreation. MV2, however, dropped most of the cast, plot and location of MV1 and delivers a story of a family of vampires trapped in the present day.

Unfortunately, after saying, "Hey, let's try something new!" the filmmakers forgot to actually put anything of interest in the film. Some creepy children befrend the cloying child vampire (who went on to become a huge success in Japan) and some evil archaeologists trap the parent vampires. Then there's some fighting.

Considering that the film features both Yuen Biao and Lam Ching Ying, two of the most talented fighters working in the late 70s and early 80s, I expected a lot more from the battle sequences. Sadly, Yuen's character isn't supposed to know kung fu (would you cast Muhammed Ali in a role of a guy who can't box?) and Lam is far from the cool, collected Taoist priest he plays in nearly every other Chinese vampire film.

So, yeah, I'll give the producers credit for their decision but I won't recommend watching the result.




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