Doctor Vampire (aka 殭屍醫生) - From The Vault
On this week's From The Vault feature, I go over Doctor Vampire (aka 殭屍醫生), released in 1990 in Hong Kong, this is one of the most over the top films I've ever seen that proves Comedy can translate... as long as its from Cantonese to English.
- The body language and facial expression performed by the actors make the subtitles unneeded. You can easily just sit and watch the action play out. There is a lot of visual gags, such as someone walking in at just the wrong moment to think they see something, to just physical comedy, such as Tsung drinking V8 using two straws as if he's sucking blood from a veing
- The cast has incredible chemistry, there isn't a bad scene at all in the movie, everything to me comes across perfectly, so you can buy that their characters are genuine. This is actually a big trend with a lot of films from Hong Kong, as seen with a lot of Jackie Chan films.
- The bit with the near dead guy revived by Tsung's blood and walking around wanting to bang nearly every lady member of the hospital staff he comes across is just laugh out loud funny.
- There is not one unlikable character in this film, even the villain (The Count) is awesome. The trio of Tsung, Chin and Chang have comedy shtick that makes them three dudes you want to hang out with, May and Joy are a great pair, and Alice is a great tragic figure.
- Once the Count arrives in Hong Kong, the final 20 minutes of the film is just over the top, with the stunts, the martial arts, the Styrofoam monk figure that turns Tsung, Chin and Chang into Warriors, it's just a wonder to see just how wild it can get