Mr. Vampire III

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Mr. Vampire III
Mr. Vampire III.jpg
Original Hong Kong film poster
Traditional 靈幻先生
Simplified 灵幻先生
Mandarin Línghuàn Xiānshēng
Cantonese Ling4 Waan6 Sin1 Sang1
Directed by Ricky Lau
Produced by Sammo Hung
Written by Lo Wing-keung
Sze-to Cheuk-hon
Starring Lam Ching-ying
Richard Ng
Billy Lau
David Lui
Pauline Wong
Chow Gam-kong
Tam Yat-ching
Hoh Kin-wai
Cheung Wing-cheung
Ka Lee
Sammo Hung
Wu Ma
Corey Yuen
Yip Wing-cho
Music by Anders Nelsson
Stephen Shing
Cinematography Andrew Lau
Edited by Peter Cheung
Keung Chuen-tak
Production
company
Bo Ho Films Co., Ltd.
Paragon Films Ltd.
Distributed by Golden Harvest
Release date
  • 17 December 1987 (1987-12-17)
Running time
88 minutes
Country Hong Kong
Language Cantonese
Box office HK$ 19,460,536.00

Mr. Vampire III, also known as Mr. Vampire Part 3, is a 1987 Hong Kong comedy horror film directed by Ricky Lau and produced by Sammo Hung. The film is the third of a series of five films directed by Ricky Lau in the Mr. Vampire franchise. The Chinese title of the film literally translates to Mr. Spiritual Fantasy.

Plot[edit]

One dark night, Uncle Ming attempts to exorcise angry spirits in a haunted house but is unsuccessful and he narrowly escapes. He brings his two ghostly companions (Big Pao and Small Pao) with him to a nearby town. The town is under attack by a group of bandits with supernatural powers. The thugs are led by Devil Lady, a powerful evil witch doctor.

When Ming and the Paos are having dinner in a restaurant, Captain Chiang comes to harass them, and the Paos take revenge by playing tricks on Chiang. Just then, Chiang's master, Uncle Nine, appears and he subdues the two ghosts and traps them inside a wine jar. As Ming is no match for Nine in magic powers, he pleads with Nine to release the Paos. Nine agrees to set the ghosts free but warns Ming that he must part ways with them. Big Pao is captured by Devil Lady later due to Chiang's act of mischief. Devil Lady casts a spell on Big Pao, making him see people dressed in Taoist robes as monster birds, and sends him to attack the town.

During the chaos, Devil Lady breaks into the town prison to free two of her bandits who were captured earlier by the townspeople, but falls into a trap instead. Uncle Nine defeats Devil Lady in a fight and the evil sorceress falls into a well and dies. However, the spirits of the two bandits escape and possess two men, and go out to cause trouble again. Nine and Ming combine forces to contain the evil spirits in wine jars and fry them in hot oil. Just then, the coin sword binding Devil Lady shatters and the sorceress' spirit is set free to take revenge. Eventually after a long battle, with the help of the Pao ghosts, Nine and Ming succeed in destroying Devil Lady once and for all.

Cast[edit]

  • Lam Ching-ying as Uncle Nine, a unibrowed Taoist priest
  • Richard Ng as Uncle Ming, an inept Taoist priest
  • Billy Lau as Captain Chiang, Uncle Nine's student
  • David Lui as Big Pao, one of Uncle Ming's two ghost companions
  • Pauline Wong as Devil Lady, a powerful evil witch doctor
  • Chow Gam-kong as Shou, one of the two possessed men
  • Tam Yat-ching as the haunted house's owner
  • Hoh Kin-wai as Small Pao, one of Uncle Ming's two ghost companions
  • Cheung Wing-cheung as Eagle Head, one of the bandits
  • Ka Lee as a townsman
  • Baan Yun-sang as Te, Uncle Nine's student killed by Devil Lady
  • Lee Chi-git as Fu, one of the two possessed men
  • Chu Tau as Wild Boar, one of the bandits
  • Gam Biu as a drunk villager
  • Pang Yun-cheung as a townsman
  • Siu Hung-moi as the female ghost in the wine jar set free by Uncle Ming
  • Yip So as a ghost in the haunted house
  • Chun Kwai-bo
  • Ha Kwok-wing
  • Lau Fong-sai
  • Lam Foo-wai

Guest stars[edit]

  • Sammo Hung as Hung, one of Uncle Nine's birthday guests
  • Wu Ma as Uncle Nine's birthday guest
  • Corey Yuen as Uncle Nine's birthday guest
  • Yip Wing-cho as Uncle Nine's birthday guest

Box office[edit]

Mr Vampire 3 ran 17 December 1987 to 6 January 1988 and grossed HK$19,460,536.00 at the box office.[1] [2]

Home Media[edit]

VHS[edit]

Release date
Country
Classifaction
Publisher
Format
Language Subtitles Notes
REF
Unknown United States Unknown Rainbow Audio and Video Incorporation NTSC Cantonese English [3]
1999 France Unknown HK Video NTSC Cantonese English [4]

Laserdisc[edit]

Release date
Country
Classifaction
Publisher
Catalog No
Format
Language Subtitles Notes
REF
Unknown Japan N/A Pony Canyon LD CLV / NTSC Cantonese Japanese Audio Mono [5]
1988 Japan N/A CLV / NTSC Cantonese Japanese Audio Mono [6]
1989 Hong Kong N/A Unknown M0030C88 CLV / NTSC Cantonese None Ratio: 1.66:1 (Widescreen), Audio Channel: Mono, 2 Sides [7]

[8]

VCD[edit]

Release date
Country
Classifaction
Publisher
Format
Language Subtitles Notes
REF
Unknown Hong Kong N/A Megastar (HK) NTSC Cantonese English, Traditional Chinese 2VCDs [9]
5 December 2003 Hong Kong N/A Joy Sales (HK) NTSC Cantonese, Mandarin English, Traditional Chinese 2VCDs [10]

DVD[edit]

Release date
Country
Classifaction
Publisher
Format
Region
Language
Sound
Subtitles
Notes
REF
Unknown Japan N/A Universal Pictures Japan NTSC 2 Cantonese, Japanese Dolby Digital Mono Japanese Digitally Re-mastered Box-set [11]
31 December 2002 Hong Kong N/A Deltamac (HK) NTSC ALL Cantonese, Mandarin Unknown English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese [12]
19 February 2004 France N/A HK Video PAL 2 Cantonese Dolby Digital French Box-set [13]
4 July 2006 Taiwan N/A Catalyst Logic NTSC 3 Cantonese, Mandarin Dolby Digital 2.0 English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese [14]
11 October 2007 Japan N/A Geneon Universal Entertainment NTSC 2 Cantonese Unknown Japanese Digitally Remastered Edition [15]
19 November 2007 Hong Kong N/A Joy Sales (HK) NTSC ALL Cantonese, Mandarin Dolby Digital 2.0 English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese [16]
21 December 2012 Japan N/A Paramount Home
Entertainment Japan
NTSC 2 Cantonese, Japanese Dolby Digital Japanese Digitally Re-mastered [17]

Blu-ray[edit]

Release date
Country
Classifaction
Publisher
Format
Region
Language
Sound
Subtitles
Notes
REF
21 December 2012 Japan N/A Paramount Home Entertainment Japan NTSC A Cantonese, Japanese Japanese Digitally Re-mastered [18]

References[edit]

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  9. ^ "VCD Mr Vampire 3 Megastar". cinemasie.com. Retrieved 21 September 2011. 
  10. ^ "Mr Vampire III (VCD) (Hong Kong Version) VCD". yesasia.com. Retrieved 21 September 2011. 
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  12. ^ "Mr. Vampire III DVD Region All". yesasia.com. Retrieved 21 September 2011. 
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  14. ^ "Mr. Vampire III (Taiwan Version) DVD Region 3". yesasia.com. Retrieved 21 September 2011. 
  15. ^ "Mr.Vampire 3 (DVD) (Digitally Remastered". yesasia.com. Retrieved 21 September 2011. 
  16. ^ "Mr Vampire III (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) DVD Region All". yesasia.com. Retrieved 21 September 2011. 
  17. ^ "霊幻道士3 キョンシーの七不思議 デジタル・リマスター版〈日本語吹替収録版〉 [DVD]". amazon.co.jp. Retrieved 3 December 2012. 
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