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Peacock King

Hung Cheuk Wong Ji
1988 / 86m - Hong Kong
Action, Fantasy, Horror
Peacock King poster

A crazy mix of martial arts, fantasy and horror. Peacock King is all over the place and not everything goes well together, but there is plenty of fun to be had here and there are some truly memorable moments. Yuen and Liu are solid, the effects are cheesy but charming and the pacing is perfect. This film was a pretty interesting find.

The Seventh Curse

Yuen Chun Hap Yu Wai See Lee
1986 / 83m - Hong Kong
Action, Horror
The Seventh Curse poster

A pretty crazy Hong Kong flick, but with Ngai Choi Lam in the director chair, that's not too big of a surprise. He has a knack for wacky genre-benders, and The Seventh Curse didn't disappoint. There are some big names involved in this production, but it's the monsters that are the real draw.

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When Doctor Yung is in the Thai jungle looking for some rare ingredients, he comes into contact with a local tribe. They practice magic and when the encounter doesn't go as planned, the tribe curses Yung. He has only a year to live if he can't find an antidote, so he returns to Thailand with his best friend to find a way to get rid of the curse.

There's action, horror, a little comedy, spoofs, and rip-offs, and that's not even half of it. It's not a very consistent or well-structured film, but that's all part of the fun. It's nice to see cameos of Fat and Wong, Maggie Cheung makes a welcome appearance, but all I cared about was the next crazy setup Lam would come up with, and he kept the weirdness going until the very end. Good fun.

Saga of the Phoenix

A Xiu-lo
1990 / 93m - Hong Kong
Action, Fantasy, Comedy
Saga of the Phoenix poster

A zany mix of Chinese Ghost Story and Gremlins. The production is seriously camp and most of it is played for laughs, but overall this was a pretty amusing film, featuring crazy monster designs, cheesy comedy and some decent action scenes, in equal amounts. Ultimately though it's the pleasant pacing that makes sure the film doesn't cave in on itself.

Story of Ricky

Lik Wong
1991 / 91m - Hong Kong
Action, Horror
Story of Ricky poster