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PostSubject: The Mr Vampire Series   Tue Mar 31, 2009 6:03 am

I just watched Mr Vampire 2 the other day and I think that this would have to be my favourite out of the series. I know a lot of people will push for the original due to the 'coolness' and 'originality' it brought to HK cinema and cinema in general.

...but the sequel is what really does it for me. This was the first of the Mr Vampire series that I watched -- buying the dvd because Yuen Biao is featured in it -- but it really has the goods. The humour is still fresh, the setting is modern and thus more accessible, LCY isn't tied down to his now famous tough-as-nails character as so adds a new dimension, there is a singing number, and there is an exceptional cast.

Other movies in the series, particularly the first and third also rank highly with me, but I have to put the sequel on a whole new level.

What are other fans thoughts?
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PostSubject: Re: The Mr Vampire Series   Tue Mar 31, 2009 9:04 am

I thought i am the only one who likes the other parts.Actually i don't udnerstand why people claim that Mr Vampire 1985 and Magic Cop are the best,i think these are overrated films(no i don't mean they are avergae,they are superb) but movies like Mr.Vampire 2,Mr Vampire 3 and Mr.Vampire 1992 are the best vampire flicks i have ever seen.And other sifu Lam movies like Hocus Pocus,Vampire versus Vampire,Spiritual Trinity,Crazy Safari are amognst most underrated ones.
Well,i am Lam Ching Ying fan,and i admire everything he did in movies.And he deserves a better attention...
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PostSubject: Re: The Mr Vampire Series   Tue Mar 31, 2009 2:32 pm

Funny you should mention those films. I just picked up a DVD that has 8 films on it. they are as follows:-

Mr Vampire
Mr Vampire 2
Mr Vampire 3
Mr Vampire Saga 4
Spiritual Trinity
Hocus Pocus
Vampire Vs Vampire
The Dead And The Deadly

I already had a few of these, but others I have only seen the once and two I haven't seen at all. I'll have to have a Mr Vampire week sometime I suppose. Very Happy

I like Magic Cop though. As fans we will all have our own favourites.
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PostSubject: Re: The Mr Vampire Series   Wed Apr 01, 2009 2:13 am

What an incredible collection of dvds. Don't get that in Australia. What was the collection called?
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PostSubject: Re: The Mr Vampire Series   Thu Apr 02, 2009 6:15 am

I got it off ebay. (See link below) All 8 films are on the one disc so the quality isn't the best, but it is better quality than you get with a VCD. grin

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/MR-VAMPIRE-Lam-Ching-Ying-Set-DVD-8-Movies_W0QQitemZ290302273003QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUS_DVD_HD_DVD_Blu_ray?hash=item290302273003&_trksid=p3286.m63.l1177
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PostSubject: Re: The Mr Vampire Series   Fri Apr 03, 2009 1:49 am

Cool. By any chance does the disc itself have a dodgey picture on it? A mate of mine bought a 2-disc Donnie Yen set when we were in China (had something like 15-16 movies in total). Thing was that the dvd had a picture of Tony Jaa's body with Donnie Yen's head spliced on the top.
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PostSubject: Re: The Mr Vampire Series   Fri Apr 03, 2009 3:14 am

I haven't started to watch this properly yet, but a quick look and the films have removeable subs and most have a choiceof Manderin or Cantonese language, so they are better than VCD's in that sense. As i check them out I'll let you know if anything strange happens. excellent
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PostSubject: Re: The Mr Vampire Series   Wed Apr 08, 2009 3:30 am

The Mr.Vampire series is one of my all time favorite series.

When discovering that there was more, I imported movies (2-Saga Four) for the first time via Yes Asia.

I loved two! loved three! suprised Lam was missing from three, but Wu Ma, Chin Kar-Lok and Anthony Chan managed to fill that gap!

It's just something about Chinese Vampire movies, they're awesome!
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PostSubject: Re: The Mr Vampire Series   Wed Apr 08, 2009 4:05 am

Stoo wrote:

I loved two! loved three! suprised Lam was missing from three, but Wu Ma, Chin Kar-Lok and Anthony Chan managed to fill that gap!

Do you mean Mr Vampire 4?

IMO the comedy in number 4 wasn't quite up to par with the first three movies. Action was pretty tight though! One of Chin Kar Lok's best action performances I'd say.
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PostSubject: Re: The Mr Vampire Series   Wed Apr 08, 2009 4:13 am

yeah Chin Kar Lok took some serious bumps that movie, great stuff :P
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PostSubject: Re: The Mr Vampire Series   Wed Apr 08, 2009 5:17 am

Raoul,i understand why you think the comedy in the fourth one is not up to others.Let me ask you are Asian?If not,then this makes sense.I see we asians have different humour taste,myabe that's why some hk comedies are not fun for european and american people. lol!
I watched this film with my family:sister,wife and mother,and i gave it to my 2 friends.We all liked it more than first part,even sifu Lam isn't in this.But really,i laughed to death. funnyshit
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PostSubject: Re: The Mr Vampire Series   Wed Apr 08, 2009 5:21 am

Well Ekin, you're pretty spot on. I think that Western and Asian tastes are very different. One thing, I am part Asian, though Filipino and raised in Australia so I'm more Western than anything else.
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PostSubject: Re: The Mr Vampire Series   Wed Apr 08, 2009 11:09 am

Some comedy travels better than others anyway, but it may also come down to a personal preference. I'm from the UK and have been force fed American comedy most of my life due to TV programming - most of which just doesn't even raise a smile for me. I must admit that I find the comedy in Hong Kong films on the whole is more to my taste. Admittedly Dean Shek and his many impersonators/clones do nothing for me....... and sometimes Karl Maka and Eric Tsang can get just a little irritating too, but I don't see it as so much as an East/West thing. I'm probably in the minority though. Many times I've listened to Bey Logan on commentaries and he is always banging on about the comedy being too broad for Western audiences.
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PostSubject: Re: The Mr Vampire Series   Wed Apr 08, 2009 1:04 pm

I agree with Drunken Master: humor (or any other kind of taste) is often more of a personal preference than a culturally learned response. Like anything else, the more exposure you get, the more you understand it and ultimately the more you come to "identify" with it. I am American but have preferred Chinese film for so long that I can't really watch American movies anymore.

I have to say that Mr. Vampire 1 has a certain special ingredient that makes it shine brighter than many other films of any genre.
Whereas other Mr. Vampires have many wonderful moments, #1 is, to me, entirely special.
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PostSubject: Re: The Mr Vampire Series   Wed Apr 08, 2009 4:39 pm

You have good point.But it works for most people.
BTW any Richard Ng or Kent Cheng fans here??
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PostSubject: Re: The Mr Vampire Series   Thu Apr 09, 2009 12:53 am

I haven't seen that much or Kent Cheng, but what I have I do like.

Richard Ng is one of my favourite comic actors. I discovered him mainly through his films with Sammo but have gone on to see some of his other work. I believe he now lives in the UK and recently appeared in a TV advert over here. Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: The Mr Vampire Series   Thu Apr 09, 2009 6:25 am

I think everyone has made quite valid points in terms of what they find funny. Personally, I'd prefer watching something serious rather than humorous because more than likely it won't hit the mark in my case.

As for Richard Ng, I'd have to say i'm undecided as to what to make of him. There are times when he's hilarious and all, but he seems to play childish roles too much. I'd like to know of any movies he's done where he plays something a bit different.

Kent Cheung has been in some cracker movies and he seems to have a good range of characters and emotions up his sleeve. He's also directed a fair bit too, right?
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PostSubject: Re: The Mr Vampire Series   Thu Apr 09, 2009 1:27 pm

I am always pleased when Kent Cheng appears on the screen! I think his very real acting ability was sadly underused. I would assume that because of his weight he could only be considered for comedic or "victim" roles, e.g. pathos. Too bad. A waste of talent in my opinion.
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PostSubject: Re: The Mr Vampire Series   Thu Apr 09, 2009 1:36 pm

Richard Ng is my favourite comedy actor of all time.I prefer watching his Pom Pom series than aynthing with Chow Sing Chi.The same goes with Kent Cheng,he's talented and underrated actor.
Maybe i'm off topic but Kent Cheng won Best Actor title for Why Me?(by Hong Kong Film Awards,Golden Bauhinia,People's Choice Award) and best actor for The Log(by Golden Bauhinia).If you want something serious find To Be Number 1,Hero of Hong Kong 1949,Give Me Back,Legend of the Brothers,Powerful Four,Run And Kill and etc.And he besides these thriller-dramas he did lots of great comedies.
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PostSubject: Re: The Mr Vampire Series   Thu Apr 09, 2009 2:32 pm

I've seen a couple of his serious films. Not to say he hasn't gotten kudos for his ability cause he is pretty prolific. I guess what I mean is, I think he would have been a leading man but for the weight. Maybe not quite a Lau Ching Wan, but.......!!!!
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PostSubject: Re: The Mr Vampire Series   Thu Apr 09, 2009 3:04 pm

You are right!
But i don't like to judge actors by their looks....
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PostSubject: Re: The Mr Vampire Series   Thu Apr 09, 2009 6:58 pm

The Powerful Four is a movie I'm dying to see!

And Ekin is so right about not judging an actor/actress by their appearance. It's a shame that far too many actors get ahead based purely on their looks.
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PostSubject: Re: The Mr Vampire Series   Fri Apr 10, 2009 2:26 am

If anything I'd say HK cinema judges slightly less on looks than Hollywood, but the fact that so many "pretty boy" pop stars end up in films show that looks do go a long way to selling stardom. Looks do inevitably end up making some actors type cast into fairly stereotypical character roles more often than not though. Only the few with ecceptional talent break through to better things.


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PostSubject: Re: The Mr Vampire Series   Fri Apr 10, 2009 7:50 pm

I would say it is going more that way in the last decade too with the rise of prettyboy/girl popstars-turned-actors.

Oh...and wasn't this all about Mr Vampire?! lol!
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PostSubject: Re: The Mr Vampire Series   Sat Apr 11, 2009 2:29 am

Don't you just love the way topics develop?

I'm going to have to start watching my Mr Vampire films to get this back on track. Very Happy
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