Mad Mad Ghost
Lam Ching-Ying stars one more time as a Taoist
priest who runs a ghost busting school with five students in this mildly
amusing film. Business isnít great and he has to move into a house that
is rumored to have ghosts inside. In fact, there is a ghost couple who
has been living there for 100 years. The husband though is a thoroughly
nasty fellow who is guilty of ghost/spousal abuse as he constantly beats
his sweet gentle though not particularly bright wife.
LC-Y being the gentleman he is boots the husband
out of the house and he and his students all become good friends with the
ghost wife. She is useful as well for ghost busting training exercises!
The husband comes back with a few ghost buddies to take revenge. At the
same time two gweilos are looking for hidden gold in the house and are
willing to kill for it. They hire an evil sorcerer to kill the ghost. It
turns out that having a friendly ghost around can be very useful as she
does a little drunken kung-fu on them.
There are some enjoyable LC-Y sequences in the
film and a nice fight with the gwielos (one who is the same gwielo that
was in Yes Madam), but the best part of the film is watching the female
ghost (Jacqueline Law) transform from a passive victim to a disco dancing
kung fu queen.
For some strange reason the gwielos are unfortunately
portrayed as racists and they spew a number of anti-Chinese comments.
For the most part this is a fairly insubstantial
film Ė but it has a few hidden charms and Lam Ching-Ying is always worth
watching in just about anything.