Dating a Vampire [2006]

Clarence Ford and Wong Jing pull a prank on Hong Kongís teenage moviegoers. Casting young actors Alex Fong Lik-Sun and Miki Yeung Oi-Gan in a film called Dating a Vampire is sure to sell some tickets. I guess. Earlier, Ford and Wong presented a ghost movie called Donít Open Your Eyes, with Alex Fong Chung-Sun and Jo Kuk Cho-Lam in similar roles. They must have had money and raw stock left over, so they keep the production crew together, switched some actors around, and made this movie.

The new face of Hong Kong comedy and the actor many Westerners find most annoying, Sammy must have hit it off with director Ford on the first movie. This young actor is not afraid to commit to whatever silliness is put before him and Ford turns him loose here. Yuen Wah reprises his Taoist ghostbuster antics, this time as the host of some whacked-out spiritual TV show who is recruited to help defeat the ghosts.

Ford and his cinematographer Joe Chan Kwong-Hung do a nice job capturing the look of 60ís era Hong Kong during the ghostly scenes while Zuki Lee Si-Pooi and Cynthia Ho Yin-Wah manage to be real creepy as the seductive monsters. Dating a Vampire is best described as about an hour of some weak original material stretched to 89 minutes with slow motion effects and repetitive tracking shots.

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