A CHINESE GHOST STORY III
(Sinnui Yauman III: Do Do Do)
The plot never strays too closely from the formula of the first film featuring a bumblingly naive male hero and an aging Buddhist master, with the young hero falling in love with a woman whom he does not realize for a considerable part of the film is a ghost. The plot again features the ghost heroine having to betray the demon master who holds her in its thrall for the sake of her human love and a climactic effort to save her soul by finding her ashes. A number of scenes have even been borrowed wholesale from the original the attacks by the demons ghost tongue; a scene with the heroine hiding the hero between her legs, which is modelled after the scene in the first film where the heroine hides the hero under the water in her bath.
Where A Chinese Ghost Story III falls down surprisingly enough is in the first films way-out trademark fantasy scenes with people bouncing off trees and flying through the air in combat. These barely appear with the exception of a couple of sequences near the end. When the film does tend to rely on such fantastic scenes with flying carpet escapes and mystical suits of armour, the CGI effects used prove disappointing. Where A Chinese Ghost Story III does work is in the enormous degree of slapstick energy that Ching Siu-Tung gives it. The scenes with the ghost heroine trying to seduce the monk hero and get his clothes off, inventing snake bites for him to suck, the search for the lost Golden Buddha that keeps driving her away and giving her headaches, and especially the twists with the hero trying to protect comrade-in-arms Jackie Cheung from the ghost heroine and her sister, are all conducted with an enormous degree of the slapstick dexterity that Hong Kong cinema specializes in.
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