Battle In Hell (1992) Philip Ko/Bonnie Fu Horror Fantasy
Hong Kong/Chinese title GUI HUO DE GU SHI
Hua · Fan Girgo · Fan Ji Rao
starring Phillip Ko · Pauline Yeung · Alex Fong · Mark Cheng · Cheng
Yuen-Man · Fan Ji · Bonnie Fu
opens in ancient Mongolia during a battle with invading Chinese troops,
as General Lin Mu-Sui attempts to rally his soldiers against the powerful
Chu Yuan Chiang. As it becomes obvious that the Mongolians will fail,
the General demands a suicide pact with his wife and two daughters, Yin
Lin and Chin Lin. When they object, he responds with "Bullshit! We
have lived happily, now we must die bravely." The four kill themselves
but are resurrected 600 years later in modern Peking City. They are not
human, but rather, ghosts with memories of the past, a craving for blood
and - in the case of Yin Lin - a desire to hook up with her former lover
Yiu Siu Dan. Today, he is fully reincarnated into flesh-n-blood human,
but lacking memory of his previous life (and girlfriend). Dan is now a
police officer investigating a series murders that correspond with recent
reports of ghost sightings. Soon he meets Yin Lin and her family of vampires.
The involvement of
popular martial artists (including stuntman/actor Philip Ko [married to
Yukari Oshima at the time]) add a certain flavor to this film, and both
Pauline Yeung and Bonnie Fu play their sister roles with broad enthusiasm.
But first-time directors Yen Hua, Girgo Fan and wife Fan Ji Rao manage
to make this rather simple story into something both overly complicated
and yet very obvious.
Kong/Chinese film with burnt Chinese and English subtitles; widescreen
88 minutes, DVD Package encoded for ALL REGION NTSC FORMAT.