copyright © 1991 Silver Medal Productions
Starring Sammo Hung
Directed By O Sing Pui
I do like to explore the more diverse roles that people play, and in this Supernatural triad film (crazy I know).
In this film, Sammo plays Qun a Triad Boss who's kinda straight in his dealings, but trouble starts when one of his men (Chiu) stops a young girl from committing suicide, now the problem does not lay with the young girl as such but the two Ghosts waiting for her to die so one of them can reincarnate in her body.
Now Siu Hung is a Ghost waiting in the in-between world, she was drowned many years ago whilst pregnant, now her son 'Larry' was born a ghost and therefore has no soul, and was waiting for a soul to die to reincarnate. Now not having a soul he needs a reincarnation quota from the officer of the reincarnation, but none are available, therefore Siu Hung is offered the quota of a Triad ghost called Smartie.
So now Chiu has saved the girl who was meant for Larry's reincarnation so Siu Hung decides to get even by haunting him and killing him so Larry has a body.
Now the girl Chiu saved tried to kill herself because she was in debt to Triads for money, as she was swindled by a former lover come con artist.
Now as Qun is the Boss he decides to pay off her debt she should Whore in a One whore Brothel based at Chiu's Home. Chiu is reluctant to have her sell her body as he feels sorry for her and her predicament. Now on top of this Ghostly Siu Hung is intent on getting Chiu's body by having Larry take him over and then drown him, thus taking over his body.
Then we have the back story that Siu Hung is the drowned wife of Qun from a previous life, and when she finds this out she now wants revenge on him as well. So now we have Chiu who is in danger from being taken over and killed and Qun who helps Chiu by battling Siu Hung whenever Chiu gets in trouble.
In a hope to make a peace with the Ghosts, Qun gets one of his triad friends who is a practicing Taoist priest to excise her, but with Chiu not doing as he's told and the priest being blind and incompetent this fails at all costs.
When Smartie finds out that Siu's ex-lover is reincarnated as Qun he helps Siu Hung exact her revenge as he has feelings for her. But when the truth comes out that in his past life Qun had tried to save Siu, Smartie lets them get on with it reclaiming his Quota for reincarnation.
Now whilst possessed by Larry Chiu gets injured and put in the hospital, Smartie decides to take his reincarnation pearl and reincarnate, now the doctors can not bring him around while Chi's Spirit watches.
Qun needs to see Siu and Smartie make peace, so gets the Priest to make his soul come out of his body (leaving his body dormant) so he may enter the Ghost world. But upon arriving back at the hospital, he finds Smartie has taken Chiu's pearl so now he has another task.
Arriving in the Ghost world he confronts Smartie and they fight, but in the end, there can only be one solution.
Now Qun needs to get back to his body by 12 midnight or he can not renter. Arriving back at the hospital with Chiu's Pearl and thus saving Chiu, he has to tell his men that he is staying in the Ghost world to make amends with Siu and his son Larry.
In the end, all get what they want and all are happy ever after, which is all very nice, considering the setting of Ghosts, Triads, Swindlers the film is a mix-match of genre's that works really well and Sammo excels in the acting and fight stakes with ample comedy thrown in to lighten things up. It's one of those films that not many would have seen and is not wildly available, I watched this on an old VHS I have of the film and I wish I could see a DVD print before my VHS deteriorates.
A definite classic.
But even here in MY Flying Wife under the direction of O Sing Pui, Sammo manages to pull of another realm in his acting and choregraphy while infusing his character into this of the wall movie that will keep you smiling.
Review Date: 31-07-2010
Review By : Sertes Nake
Page Update : November 2021
|Sammo Hung Kam-Bo||...||Chan Yu Qun|
|Yu Li||...||Siu Hung|
|Roy Cheung Yiu-Yeung||...||Smartie|
|Fennie Yuen Kit-Ying||...||Helen Lo|
|Tommy Wong Kwong-Leung||...||Fatt|
|Terrence Fok Shui-Wa||...||Chung Tin Chiu|
|Shing Fui-On||...||Officer of reincarnation|
|Frankie Ng Chi-Hung|
|William Ho Ka-Kui||...||Boss|
|Victor Hon Kwan||...||Mr Horse|
|James Ha Chim-Si||...||thug|
|Ridley Tsui Bo-Wah||...||stuntman/extra|
|Bill Lung Biu||...||Mr Ox|
|Ho Chi-Moon||...||Mr Fung|