Close Encounters of the Spooky Kind/Review

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Cheung (Sammo Hung) wants to get taken out of the picture by his boss Mr. Tam (Ha Wong) just so that he could fulfill his affair with Cheung's wife (Suet-Moi Leung). Since Tam knows that Cheung is handy with kung fu, he arranges to have Cheung taken out with witchcraft instead! Witchcraft Master, Chin Hoi (Lung Chan) takes the task, but his assistant, Tsui (Fat Chung) refuses and helps Cheung fend off the witchcraft attacks. With that plan spoiled, Tam goes for a second idea and bribes most of the town into believing that Cheung killed his wife. Now a fugitive, Cheung is sent to jail but after a brief but dazzling confrontation with the inspector (Lam Ching-Ying) and his officers, Cheung once again escapes with the help of Tsui. Enough is enough and Tsui makes Cheung his pupil in the art of witchcraft and together they'll have their big wizards' duel with Chin in a fierce battle of posession!


A reminder, the movie isn't entirely loaded with martial arts. Like I said, it's all saved for the last 25 minutes, but there's enough comedy involving Sammo's interaction with vampires in the early going to keep fans happy and interested (Note-To us westerners, they're nothing more than zombies, but to China, they're vampires) There's also a brief, fun moment when Sammo battles his posessed hand which brings back cool shades of EVIL DEAD 2.

Reviewed by Laydback

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