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五個嚇鬼的少年 (2002)
The Mummy, Aged 19

Reviewed by: j.crawford
Date: 01/27/2007
Summary: Taoist mummies? Not exactly.

One of my earliest, scariest movie moments came when I saw the old Universal Studios Mummy in that crazy sequel, The Mummy's Tomb [1942] on late night television. I've always been a big supporter of director Wilson Yip. I even enjoyed the almost universally despised Skyline Cruisers [2000], his big budgeted take on the "high-tech spy" genre. With this teen comedy, director Yip manages to recaptures some of the energy and verve that made him famous with his early masterpiece, Bio-Zombie [1998]. I had more fun with this DVD than I had in the cinema with the 1999 Universal remake and its 2001 sequel.

The strength of this film comes through the fine ensemble of seasoned character actors and new young performers put together by the director and producers Joe Ma Wai-Ho and Ivy Kong Yuk-Yee. Tommy, played by pop star Chiu Tien-You, suffers that uncomfortable teenage angst that many can identify with. He's out of it at work and feels displaced at home by his quirky family. Even his best friend Nam, played by pop star Wong You-Nam, challenges him for the affections of Tiffany Lee Lung-Yee, with whom their chance meeting sets off a comedy of errors as these kids have a misadventure with a couple of mummies. Thankfully, Tommy's mom and dad show up to save the day. Played by the always interesting Kingdom Yuen King-Tan and the rubber-faced Hui Siu-Hung, they save the movie from itself and raise it to another level.

Reviewer Score: 7

Reviewed by: mehaul
Date: 02/28/2005

Lite teenage horror movie. Enjoyable characters and humor make it worth a watch. Pacing slow at times. 7/10

Reviewed by: danton
Date: 08/17/2003

What a bizarre movie! And I mean that in a good way!

In some ways, this film sort of reminded me of Wilson Yip's earlier Bio Zombie, except that this time he doesn't have the comic genius of Sam Lee to help pull off this insane and intentionally silly plot. Instead, we are left with the rather unconvincing Wyman Wong, as well as Wong You Nam (who was great in Just One Look, and once again steels the movie here). They play friends who stumble upon two mummies at a mansion where Wyman is working as a security guard. Of course there's also an ancient curse, the mummies come to life and soon Wyman is possessed.

Being possessed by the spirit of a mummy is not helpful when you're trying to court a girl, especially since this particular mummy is prone to fartlike odours. So we have lots of slapstick involving unpleasant scents, along with a hilariously love-obsessed Christian priest and the weirdest family I've seen on screen in a long time.

All of this is told on a showstring budget, and it even manages to produce a few chuckles here and there, but in the end this film is a mostly forgettable horror comedy that does manage to produce a few moments of surreal brilliance.

Marginal recommendation.

Reviewed by: pjshimmer
Date: 07/05/2003
Summary: Enjoyable

This is the story of utterly absurd ideas that make no sense. That's why it's so enjoyable. As a comedy, it also manages to amuse.


Reviewed by: Sydneyguy
Date: 03/02/2003
Summary: BAD, just plain bad

A horror comedy i think this was suppose to be but you get little of both. OK, hk movies are not good and horror movies but i think the focus was more on relationships of young people and LOVE!!

Ok, i did chuckle a little but i just found this movie hard to watch because i was so uninteresting!! i was BORED!!

I feel like i am giving this more than it's worth: