Reviewed by: STSH
Summary: Offbeat but unexceptional
Hard to believe any movie could be both offbeat and rather ho-hum, but this one manages it. Strands of this story echo Mr Vampire and Chinese Ghost Story, but this one is pretty muddled and has quite a few dead spots. Short bursts of full frontal nudity and sex are tossed in, but they fail to have much effect.
Reviewer Score: 4
And having Wai Pak as the lead actor is always a problem. A great asset he may be as the sixth venom, but he doesn't have what it takes to be in the lead, though he's less of a drawback than he was as the horrid title character in Cheeky Chap. He has a couple of scenes where he does his best work (i.e. kung fu kicking), and it's a puzzle why his character wasn't given more of this sort of stuff. Cheng Yuen Man is lovely as the lady ghost, whom Wai first encounters climbing out of a bath, but her role is pretty limited. Guk Fung is always good value, and his gang boss helps things along a bit. The other actors are pretty much a dead loss, having even less screen charisma than Wai.
All this said, I did watch this one through to the end, and I suppose it wasn't too bad. I suppose I was curious to see just how much full frontal would make it in, seeing as this film was made a year before Cat III was brought in, and I do like the man and ghost romance genre. But I wouldn't recommend anyone be in too much of a hurry to get this one.