A CHINESE GHOST STORY II
(Sinnui Yauman II)
A Chinese Ghost Story II repeats all the basics of the original Leslie Cheungs comic tax inspector, his being forced to stay at a haunted temple, evil minions of the underworld, the wild martial arts moves and Joey Wong written in not as the ghost love from the first film but another girl who resembles her in all ways. A Chinese Ghost Story II is not quite as accomplished as the original in its extraordinary blend of outré Asian fantasy, lyrical poetry and humour. The emphasis here is more on comedy. Certainly, when it comes to the comedy, Ching Siu-Tung conducts some snappy reversals based on mistaken identity and misinterpretations. The most accomplished sequence is the scene where the heroes are pursued by the giant monster and fend it off with a magic hand sigil that freezes and unfreezes it, ending with the accidentally frozen magician Jackie Cheung trying to communicate by rolling his eyes, the monster frozen with its claws almost around Leslie Cheungs neck, its saliva dripping onto his head and his sweat slowly erasing the symbol on his palm.
On the other hand, A Chinese Ghost Story II lacks a dramatic drive to its plot. There is no equivalent purpose like the quest to return Joey Wongs ashes and save her from marriage to the Lord of Hell as there was in the original. Instead, the plot is episodically stretched between two different menaces the monster and the evil Buddha. Certainly, the monster is never present as a nemesis, only as a comic foil. It is fun and there is a good deal of the surreal fantastique images of the Wu Xia genre a demented fight hacking up the monster where its legs walk away and its severed arm and head keep attacking; and an amazing climax with the giant golden Buddhas head and the beleaguered heroes flying into battle atop a flotilla of swords; and a venture into the intestines of a giant centipede, which can only be escaped when the heroes allow their souls to leave their bodies.
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