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開心鬼 (1984)
The Happy Ghost

Reviewed by: Sydneyguy
Date: 12/02/2008
Summary: Better than expected

I know this movie is old and you can see the disco lights and there dress sense but i think its still got appeal and they dont make these type of family movies anymore

IT just reminds me of some type of 1980's american sitcom, with comedy scenes which still make me laugh even now and moral stories so everyone gets a little lesson on life.

I enjoyed this more than i should of, with some much movies trying to imitate each other because of box office success, these old style type of movies should not be forgotten and maybe these are the type of movies that should be remade

Reviewer Score: 8

Reviewed by: cpardo
Date: 07/21/2005
Summary: cute 80's fluff with charming cast

"Hoi Sum Gwai, Hoi Sum Gwai!"

Some teenage catholic schoolgirls spend the night in an old house. One girl finds an old rope and takes it back to the dorm, but a ghost was imprisoned in there and is set free. A would-be scholar from the Ching dynasty, he decides to stick around and help the girls out and entertain them. All's well until the headmaster starts to catch on, and the ghost reveals why he was inside the rope...

This is a cute bubble gum movie for kids and teens and was popular enough to spawn several sequels. But this is probably the best one since it has such a cute cast including a young Loletta Lee. Even back then her roles were a little risque. I'm quite surprised that they show teen sex in such a cutesy movie, and even the ghost catches glimpses of the girls bottom or them undressing (but he quickly turns away). But it's not something to be taken seriously, it's just for fun, right? It gave off the mood of that time in HK--the early 80's--innocence (or innocence lost), and therefore pleasant to watch. The funniest scene is when Raymond Wong as the ghost ends up on the roller coaster! And of course the dance number with breakdancing and all! One of Clifton Ko's early works, he'd go on to do way better comedies, but it's cool to see one of his first films. Definitely a curiosity for HK film buffs.

Reviewer Score: 6

Reviewed by: MrBooth
Date: 03/22/2002
Summary: Happy viewer

Basically a kids movie, so you need to watch it in that context to appreciate it, I think.

A group of teenage girls go camping, but have to take shelter in a temple when it rains. One of the girls (Bonnie Law) takes a piece of rope from the temple, little realising that it contains the spirit of ghost Raymond Wong, trapped there for many centuries.

Back at Bonnie's house, Raymond manifests himself and asks Bonnie to return the rope. Bonnie is pretty freaked out by the whole ghost thing, but eventually Raymond wins her over. From there, Raymond proves what a friendly ghost he is by helping the girls out in a variety of situations - most prominently and hilariously helping Bonnie against a girl from a rival school in a sports competition.

Raymond becomes their friend, and they all have a lot of fun together... but eventually the situation becomes more serious. Not everybody thinks having a ghost around is a good plan, and soon it's exorcism time - a situation that is going to test their friendships.

The movie contains a lot of funny moments, with Raymond Wong being extremely charismatic in the titular role. The movie is not afraid to address a couple of more serious issues, though. You can see it's trying to get a message or two across to teenage girls, and it manages to do so without being too patronising.

More of a curio than a must see, but a pleasant diversion. My only complaint would be that Bonnie Law gets much more screen time than Loletta Lee, although given the 'jailbait' aspect of Loletta maybe it's safest that way :)

The VCD for the movie is pretty awful... full frame & cropped on all 4 sides. Subtitles are partially readable - enough to follow what's happening, but it's annoying having so many words & the tops of peoples heads cut off... I'm sure they could have done better without much effort.

Reviewed by: jfierro
Date: 12/21/1999

Very popular older comedy about a naive ghost who gets involved inthe lives of three schoolgirls. I guess you had to be there. This film marked the film debut of Loletta Lee, Bonnie Law Ming-Chu, and Sandy Lamb San-San (Jan and Jerry's sister).

Reviewed by: spinali
Date: 12/08/1999
Summary: NULL

Sam Hong (Raymond Wong), a ghost from the Ching Dynasty, is released into the pre sent and helps some teenage girls (including Loretta Lee) to win a track meet, find the perfect date, and get back at a mean-spirited nun. Being a Cinema City release, everyone at a school dance bops to the "Happy Ghost" theme song.


[Reviewed by Steve Spinali]

Reviewer Score: 5