Master Kau is a Taoist priest who performs magic that maintains control over spirits and irrepressible vampires. Together with his inept students, Man Choi and Chau-Sang, he resides in a large house protected from the spiritual world with talismans and amulets. One day, he accepts an assignment from a wealthy businessman, Yam, to remove Yam's deceased father's grave and rebury it, with the hopes that doing so will being more prosperity to the Yam family. Unfortunately, upon opening the coffin, Kau notices the body is still intact, even though it's been years since he died. Realizing that it is a vampire, Kau orders it to be moved to his house for further study and to be subject to spells that will prevent it from awakening. Kau deduces that Yam's father had died angry, and his last breath became stuck in his body for years, causing it to keep him "alive" and reducing it to a mindless state... Add Synopsis In Portuguese
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The acting is very good and many of the comedy sketches are very original and incredibly funny. I don't think I can justify it he hilarity of this film by simply explaining it because it would spoil it and comedy is best experienced first hand. This film also features some very talented actors such as Chin Siu Ho who is notable for his work with Jet Li in Fist of legend and Tai chi master, and Lam Ching-yang - a very famous actor who unfortunately passed away in 1997 and this is one of his most notable works and is worth checking out.
As for the scarier side to this film, I would like to say that it has a very unique and traditional eeriness to it. This film is suppose to replicate many traditional myths that Chinese people held in earlier days when the dead was not understood well. Myths such as grudges or an unfulfilled goal can lead a spirit to not rest in peace after the person has died and can continue to haunt the living. Other things such as rituals used by Taoists believing that it can cleanse demonic presence. In this sense, if one is unfamiliar with such traditions then it would be very creepy to watch.
Overall, I would definitely recommend Mr Vampire for the entertainment value and comedy that it brings to its viewers. From personal experience, I have watched it many times and have laughed and found it entertaining each time without fail and have also introduced it to friends unfamiliar with this classic Hong Kong genre and they too have enjoyed it and laughed like crazy. ^ If you like this, watch all 3 and think of this one review as being for all 3. I hoped this I have enlightened you a bit on this old classic because it's sad sometimes seeing such awesome films without any reviews for new viewers so I hope this helped.