(Kong Qiao Wang Zi/Kujaku O)
For a long time, Peacock King didnt seem to be doing anything much. The supernatural encounters that director Ngai Choi Lam throws in seem uninspired the party fighting off flying manhole covers, some bad special effects with a dinosaur exhibit come to life. With scenes where the group detour to a fairground, Ngai Choi Lam seems to have neglected to have taken any lessons from Tsui Hark, Ching Siu-Tung or any of the other directors that were doing amazing things in the other Hong Kong fantasy films of this era. He fails to allow any of these scenes to take fantastical flight and rather lets them plod with mundane pedestrianness.
However, there comes a sudden point when Peacock King starts to get interesting. One of these is when the heroes encounter the transformed Raga in the sewers, a sequence that plays out like a poverty row version of The Thing (1982). The effects are not very good but the film leaps into them with an enormous degree of enthusiasm. There is also an amazing climactic sequence with the emergence of the massive Hell Hall and as the two heroes venture in to encounter the giant Hell King, which is impressively conceived and staged. There is not too much more to the film beyond a handful of these sequences certainly, the plot the film has feels randomly slung together. Despite his reputation as a martial arts actor, Yuen Biao never gets to show his skills off much here apart from one well choreographed scene at the temple where the two monks fight off an army of warriors with their bare hands.
Ngai Choi Lam and most of the principal cast returned for a sequel Saga of the Phoenix (1990).
Director Ngai Choi Lam has made a number of other genre entries including:- the ghost comedy Ghost Busting (1986); the wacky horror film The Seventh Curse (1986); the revenge film Her Vengeance (1988); Erotic Ghost Story (1990); the splatter film Story of Ricky (1991); and the body hopping aliens film The Cat (1992).
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