Encounter of the Spooky Kind II (1990)

Genres - Action, Horror  |   Sub-Genres - Horror Comedy  |   Run Time - 100 min.  |   Countries - Hong Kong   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Other than reuniting co-stars Sammo Hung and Lam Ching-Ying from the classic 1981 original, this horror-comedy from Hong Kong filmmaker Ricky Lau bears no linear relation to its famous predecessor. Hung plays Po, a poor man who is in love with a girl named Little Chu (Yip Wing-cho). The problem is that Po must come up with a huge dowry to please his intended bride's father if he expects to marry her. He can't afford it, but one night he runs into a female ghost who promises to help Po keep Chu from the wealthy heel attempting to steal her away, if he provides some assistance to the spectre's mother. Unfortunately, Po's Taoist master (Ching-ying) tries to exorcise the ghost. He finally agrees to help her, but Chu's rich suitor hires a sorcerer to send a pair of zombies filled with cockroaches to kill him. It doesn't work, so the sorcerer captures Po's soul and puts it into the body of a piglet. Po's master manages to free his soul and reunite it with his body, but the sorcerer counters by casting a spell on Po's father and sending him after his terrified son with murderous intent. Less interested in gross-out scenes than many of its ilk (although the cockroaches may make some viewers squirm), the film manages to be passably amusing, if somewhat short on both the memorably inventive comedy and gruesome set pieces which marked Hung's original.




hopping vampires, dowry, deal [agreement], ghost, rival, sorcerer, father, father-in-law, master [expert], son, exorcism, promise, zombie