Happy Ghost III

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Happy Ghost III
Happy Ghost III.jpg
Hong Kong film poster for Happy Ghost III
Traditional 開心鬼撞鬼
Simplified 开心鬼撞鬼
Mandarin kāi, xīn, guǐ, zhuàng-chuáng, guǐ
Cantonese hoi1, sam1, gwai2, cong4-zong6, gwai2
Directed by Johnnie To
Produced by Raymond Wong[1]
Written by Raymond Wong[1]
Starring
Music by Joseph Koo[1]
Cinematography Bob Thompson[1]
Edited by David Wu[1]
Production
company
Distributed by Golden Princess[1]
Release date
  • July 3, 1986 (1986-07-03)
Running time
96 minutes[1]
Country Hong Kong[1]
Language Cantonese[1]
Box office HK$ 15,339,277

Happy Ghost III (Chinese: 開心鬼撞鬼; pinyin: Kai xin gui zhuang gui) is a 1986 Hong Kong comedy film directed by Johnnie To. Produced and written by Raymond Wong, the film stars Wong and Maggie Cheung. The film is about a spirit of the late female singer Tsui Pan Han (Maggie Cheung) waits in the afterlife for a chance to be reincarnated. She meets the Godfather (Tsui Hark) who has found an appropriate musical family for her to be reincarnated with. Her opportunity to be born into the new family is ruined when Sam Kwai (Raymond Wong) takes the pregnant wife to the wrong hospital. Pan Han is given one month to find a new body to assume her reincarnation in, and decides in the meantime to harass Sam Kwai. Kwai eventually summons the Happy Ghost to help him out.

Plot[edit]

The spirit of the late female singer Tsui Pan Han (Maggie Cheung) waits in the afterlife for a chance to be reincarnated. She meets the Godfather (Tsui Hark) who has found an appropriate musical family for her to be reincarnated with. Her opportunity to be born into the new family is ruined when Sam Kwai (Raymond Wong) takes the pregnant wife to the wrong hospital. Pan Han is given one month to find a new body to assume her reincarnation in, and decides in the meantime to harass Sam Kwai. One time, the head prefect Tai Cheuk-yee (Fennie Yuen) is possessed by Tsui to stir up a row in a sex club, causing a bunch of gangsters to be imprisoned. Kwai eventually summons Happy Ghost to help him out.

Production[edit]

Happy Ghost III was the first film director Johnnie To had worked for Cinema City and his first film since The Enigmatic Case (1980).[2] To had previously been working in television after the box office failure of The Enigmatic Case.[3] To found the film easy to approach as he did not have to write the script and was told he was not allowed to change it by Cinema City's rules.[4] Tsui Hark appears in the film as the Godfather and also provides the film with the special effects.[5]

Release[edit]

Happy Ghost III was a hit for Cinema City and grossed a total of HK$15,339,277 and was the 11th-highest grossing film of the year in Hong Kong.[6] The film grossed less than its two prequels Happy Ghost and Happy Ghost II, which earned a total of HK$17.4 and HK$16.6 respectively.[7] The film was followed by Happy Ghost 4, which was directed by Clifton Ko.[7]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Happy Ghost III". Hong Kong Film Archive. Hong Kong. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  2. ^ Teo, 2007. pg. 24
  3. ^ Teo, 2007. pg. 23
  4. ^ Teo, 2007. pg. 218
  5. ^ Morton, 2009. pg. 147
  6. ^ Morton, 2009. pg. 148
  7. ^ a b O'Brien, 2003. pg. 42

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