original Hong Kong
/ Chinese title YU LAN SHEN GONG [Yu-Lan Ghost Power]
also known as GHOST RITUAL
director: Nick Cheung
starring: Nick Cheung · Annie Liu · Carrie Ng · Lam Wai · Cathryn Lee
Hua spent his early life as part of a performing Cantonese Opera family
in Malaysia. As a young man, Zong was enticed to Hong Kong with promise
of a business deal. But in that cruel city, he was cheated and left
with huge debt. After a difficult ten years, Zong returns to his Malaysian
home. His mother has since died from a heart attack, leaving only half-sister
Jing-Jing and Xiao Tian, the former Cantonese Opera star, his stepfather.
Zong never got along with either of them. Jing-Jing believed Zong's
constant arguing with father Xiao was ultimately the reason for mom's
death. Now that Zong has returned, spiritual balance is disrupted. The
family is infected with an evil presence.
strong cast greatly helps Nick Cheung in his directorial debut. Cheung
is the award-winning Hong Kong actor best known for the gangster actioner
LIVE AND DIE IN MONGKOK. He does a good job of building and
sustaining a foreboding sense throughout the movie, culminating with
impressive, brutal possession scenes.
it's true that Carrie Ng has been making movies for almost four decades
(well over 100 films), her breakout didn't come until 1992 with NAKED
KILLER. She would go on to headline a unique collection of projects,
ranging from arthouse to exploitation. Genre fans probably know her
best for SEX
SEDUCTION and ROCK
AND ROLL COP. Plus, in 1993, Miss Ng was recognized with a Golden
Horse Best Actress Award for REMAINS
OF A WOMAN.