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The Dead and the Deadly (1983)

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Sammo Hung stars in this screwball period horror flick directed by Wu Ma. The film opens with Ma Lucho (Wu Ma) being found dead, supposedly of natural causes. His ever faithful friend Fatboy (Hung) skeptical of the assessment, even more so when he learns that the impotent man's wife Yuen (Cherie Chung Cho-hung) is pregnant. Deciding to investigate the matter for himself, he vows to undertake an unofficial autopsy on his dead friend. Unfortunately, his friend isn't really dead yet. Hoping to cash in the reportedly priceless antiques willed to him by his father, Lucho fakes his own death. As Fatboy approaches the would-be corpse with a pair of very large cleavers, he is interrupted by priest (Chung Fat) who convinces him to abandon his scheme. Later, Lucho learns not only is his inherence worthless, but that his wife stands to inherent a fortune if she produces a son. Suddenly Lucho is worth more dead than alive, and soon ends up so -- thanks to the treacherous hand of the priest. Lucho's ghost soon comes back to haunt his killers, taking possession of Fatboy's body.

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Fun kung-fu horror comedy. Sammo Hung is, as always, fun to watch. Romance, intrigue, slapstick, light horror (more supernatural hi-jinks than anything), and - of course - fun kung-fu fights (mixed mostly w/ the slapstick). Good stuff.

Paul Cardullo
Paul Cardullo

What we have here is a comedy ghost story that's basically a vehicle for Sammo Hung's slapstick kung fu humor. If you're familiar with this sub-genre, you probably already expect to laugh at characters that have been beat with an ugly stick since birth, and The Dead and the Deadly is no exception.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

The second feature of Sammo Hung's "Original Spooky Kind" trilogy, following "Close Encounter with the Spooky Kind." It is disappointing that Cherie Chung appears so short. Sammo in doll make-up is fun to watch, but there's no climax. Sammo after all looks best in films he direct himself.

Naoya Kugimiya
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