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非洲和尚 (1991)
Crazy Safari

Reviewed by: hoppingghost
Date: 04/20/2005
Summary: Taoist Vampire Killer in Africa!

Crazy Safari is one of the most hilarious Lam Ching-Ying films I have seen to date. What other film has a mix of Mr. Vampire , The Gods Must Be Crazy and Abbott and Costello. In Crazy Safari we have a good mix of adventure , martials arts , comedy , taoist priest magic and a hopping vampire/ghost. Sifu Lam Ching-Ying has been hired to transport a man and the mummified hopping vampire corpse of the mans ancestor from England back to Hong Kong. Of course they run into a lot of problems when the body is auctioned off in England that lead to the mans ancestor hopping thru the auction room trying to find a victim to bite. Then they take a low budget flight complete with a Guns and Roses banner hanging in the planes coach area. The stupid pilot runs out of gas above Africa and the plane eventually goes down after they throw all the heavy stuff out like cases of Coke ALA The Gods Must Be Crazy. Then the occupants go out when the greedy american pilot announces there is only two parachutes he promptly dons one and jumps out the planes door, Sifu then says Do not worry he was only wearing a knapsack plummeting the pilot to his death below. Then all end up in the African village below with Sifu , the other man , hopping vampire and the native tribe as well as a subplot about greedy people trying to get diamonds from the villagers.

The film then goes thru skit after skit of animals vs. taoist priest and the villagers trying to worship the hopping vampire not to mention all kinds of silly Mr. Vampire stuff done Africa Style. A must see is Sifu Lam Ching-Ying roping and riding an ostrich two times in this hilarious film. We also get to see Sifu do some Taoist magic that transforms the spirit of the famous Bruce Lee into the body of the main African villager giving him the power of Bruce Lee complete with Enter The Dragon background music The other great fight scene is where the man traveling with Sifu becomes possessed by the spirit of a dead baboon and fights like a spastic money against the bad guys the diamond hunters. So again another film for the Hopping Vampire fanatic and fans of Hong Kong comedy horror. There is actually quite a bit of english spoken in this film in the beginning that surprised me as even Sifu speaks a sentence only one though in english. This film is a must see and a hilarious african bush adventure like none other ever made as far as the vampire genre goes.

Reviewed by: ksbutterbox
Date: 06/10/2002
Summary: Wild Fun!

The no subs version I have of this still floors me every time I watch it. Lam Ching Ying is really good in this one. One of the best HK oddities out there. Very funny flick.

Reviewed by: Inner Strength
Date: 01/12/2002
Summary: Strange

A very strange comedy, but quite funny. Stephen Chow & Ng Man Tat are always arguing with each other as they narrate, and their 'fights' are very funny some of the time. Even though they are not credited in the film, they make it much better than the rest of the film on it's own.

Rating: 3/5

(This rating is based on the year & genre, so don't think it's based as a comparison on new releases etc.)

Reviewed by: ElectraWoman
Date: 10/12/2000
Summary: 6.5/10-Novel film

While this is quite bizzare, it's also quite stupid in parts.

Sam Christopher Chan (an annoying idiot, IMO) wins an auction for his ancestor (bwahahahah), and enlists the help of a Taoist master, Lam Ching-Ying, to escort him home. While flying across Africa their plane goes astray and SCC and LCY find themselves in the middle of a harsh landscape. Meanwhile Granddaddy is adopted and revered by a local tribe, who thinks he's a God of some sort.

Some of the banter between Ng Man Tat and Stephen Chow is quite amusing at times, but also quite distracting! Anyways-LCY again puts in a good performance, and N!xau was a refreshing surprise. Probably the funniest part is LCY trying to move his bowels but ending up killing a snake. However, there are many flat parts in this film. It's a novel movie but not a really fantastic one, but still, if you want to see LCY riding an ostrich...

Reviewed by: STSH
Date: 01/16/2000
Summary: Truly surreal

If you think a sequel to Gods Must Be Crazy II liberally mixed with all sorts of HK film motifs sounds weird, try watching it dubbed into a foreign language without subtitles. Seeing this film dubbed into Thai (which I assume excluded Chow and Ng's narration), long before I'd seen a Mr Vampire film or hopping corpses or heard of Lam Ching Ying, was a truly surreal experience.

The yellow-robed corpse (of a Ming Dynasty diplomat, according to publicity at the time) is conditioned to respond to a particular sound, which causes it/him to hop towards this sound. A lot of the humour comes out of this e.g. kids use him as man in the middle to play blind man's buff. But what really struck me was the difference in N!xau's character. In TGMBC I & II, he is quiet and stoic, observing others' strange customs mostly in silence. Here, he hardly ever shuts up ! To the best of my memory, he speaks more than any other character.

He also has one of the best running gags in the show. When greeting a stranger, he places a hand on the person's chest and says hello. And he can't understand why women keep backing away from him .......
In summary, not a great film, sometimes stupid rather than funny, but really hilarious in places, and a truly unusual mixture you're never likely to forget.

Reviewer Score: 6

Reviewed by: leh
Date: 12/09/1999

Unlikely paring of African bush people and Chinese hoppingvampires. Has to be seen to be believed.

Reviewed by: kachun
Date: 12/09/1999

The film is an answer to the question, 'What if we crossed a _Mr. Vampire_ movie with _The Gods Must Be Crazy_?', and the results are actually quite funny at times. The story concerns a young man (Sam Christopher Chan) who goes to Britain with Lam Ching Yin to buy at an auction his ancestor, so he can be reburied back home. The corpse is re-animated by LCY into a hopping vampire to make their travel home a little easier. On the way back to HK, their chartered flight gets lost, and then the three end up bailing out, and parachuting into the African savannah. LCY and SCC get separated from the vampire on their way down. The two then spend the rest of the film trying to find the ancestral corpse, while the vampire finds its way to N!xau, and gets into a variety of ridiculous situations that involve N!xau, N!xau's fellow villagers and children, and (as you might expect in a HK film), a band of well-armed slave traders. Chow Sing Chi and Ng Man Tat's narration does not add a whole lot to the film, especially whenever they start bickering between themselves, but is useful at times. However the film is still lighthearted enough that I didn't care about such minor faults. It was fun fluff through and through, and a welcome change from the usual period fantasy or gritty triad picture.

Reviewer Score: 8