This One to the List of Inappropriate Kid's Movies from Asia...
Chinese Title: GUI WU XIA JING
director: Chi Lo
(as Joe Law)
starring: Hsiang Yun-Peng · Li Hui-Hui · Wu Ma · Lam Siu-Lau · Wang
Te-Chi · Heung Wan-Pang
family moves into an old house. The handyman's son tells brother Chung
and older sister Ming (sexy yet subdued Lam Siu-Lau) about a legend
which insists a family of vampires was sealed up in the basement. The
kids investigate. They manage to find and rejuvenate a vampire child
named Ting Tong who wants very much to join in their adventures. Ming
then wishes she could be a part of her comic books and live in that
world, so vamp kid obliges. He shrinks the group and whisks them all
into a comic book. But the fantasy world is not the joyous playground
Ming had imagined. Rather, immediately they are attacked by snakes and
then captured by a cannibal tribe ready to barbecue a young princess
on a spit. A witch doctor torments the kids while transforming into
a rat, a dog, a monkey, Dracula and finally into Jesus Christ (!) which
causes them to scream "Crucify!" while chasing him with a
cross. They manage to rip off his clothes, causing the embarrassed witch
doctor to run away. However, the problems continue for Chung, Ming and
Ting Tong, now facing killer-vines, a witch on a broom, a bull-king
as well as attacks from guns, grenades and a chainsaw. Meanwhile, in
the real world, the angry vampire parents are trying to find their son
and are threatening the rest of the household.
this one to the list of
weird, inappropriate kid's movies from Asia. The talk of cannibalizing
children and "how good their flesh must taste" is generally
not considered wholesome family entertainment. And villains morphing
into Jesus Christ as kids gleefully scream 'Crucify him' is not the
substance of Saturday Morning cartoons. There's also a jarring subplot
of handyman Huang Wang's affair with the kid's mother, the married Mrs.
Lee (whose rich husband is away in the USA on business). The entire
thing is the brainchild of director Chi Lo (sometimes called Bowie Law
and Joe Law), an independent filmmaker who specialized in kung fu movies
until discovering the Category III market in the early eighties (with
such projects as RESORT
MASSACRE and BEASTS:
CHAINSAW SLAUGHTER). Despite his age (born in 1936), Mr Chi
Lo is still active, working as a supervising director for the China
Film Group Corporation (CFGC) in Beijing.
actor Wu Ma is in top form here as the evil witch doctor, a meatier
role (no pun intended) than many of his other projects from this period.
He starred in a whopping 270+ films between 1964-2014 (and directed
another 50 including EXORCIST
MASTER). He died from lung cancer in February 2014 at age 71.