Synopsis by Robert Firsching
The immense popularity of the 1981 South African comedy The Gods Must Be Crazy (and especially its 1989 sequel) in Asia led to three Hong Kong knockoffs, all starring N!xau, the genuine Kalahari bushman from the original films. This amusing hodgepodge from director Billy Chan was the first of the Asian variants, an exceedingly strange blend of the original's themes with the native Hong Kong strain of vampire comedy best typified by the popular Mr. Vampire and its sequels. The story gets underway as a young man (Sam Christopher Chan) and a Taoist master (Lam Ching-ying) accompany the coffin of the man's great-grandfather on an airplane taking it home to Hong Kong for a proper burial. The plane crashes in Africa, leaving the man and his master stranded on the plains. Somehow, they lose Grandpa (Peter Chan) -- who happens to be a vampire -- and wander around Africa for a long time during which the Taoist master gets to showboat in some funny scenes, doing things like riding an ostrich and trying to foil an angry rhinoceros with a magic spell. Eventually, they run into N!xau and his tribe, track down Grandpa, and try to go home. Unfortunately, some ruthless diamond hunters delay their departure by taking N!xau's tribe hostage, leading to a wild conclusion featuring magical spells, martial arts, the hopping vampire, a giant zombie, and the Taoist master helping N!xau by having him possessed by the ghost of Bruce Lee. Fast-paced, enjoyably bizarre, and well-choreographed by Power Lee, this film was followed by Crazy Hong Kong and The Gods Must Be Funny in China. Peter Pau co-stars.
stranded, master [expert], hopping vampires, tribe, possession, Taoism, zombie