'The Vampire Who Admires Me'

In the US, we've got vampires coming and going -- the great Let the Right One In came out a couple of weeks ago, and the much-anticipated Twilight is due in just over two weeks. In Hong Kong, prolific filmmaker Wong Jing got a horror-comedy version of the classic Chinese hopping vampire into local cinemas just in time for Halloween. As producer and writer, he filled the cast of The Vampire Who Admires Me with beautiful real-life models (JJ Jia, Ankie Beilke, Maggie Li, Tanya Ng) wearing bikini tops and a police station's new female boss (Jo Koo) shoehorned into a tight olive tank top as her official uniform. What else do you need?

Kozo at LoveHKFilm says that something more than "a slapped-together script, lazy situations and unfunny jokes" would have been nice. To be fair, he suggests the models-turned-actresses should be given a pass for their "unremarkable acting" and commends director Cub Chien (frequent colloborator with the Pang Brothers), who "shows some flashes of talent in his handling of this otherwise unremarkable film, and the whole ultimately lives up to the expectations that one has for a Wong Jing horror-comedy. That is, one expects it to be stupid, lazy, forgettable, and hopefully sometimes fun." Ouch!

Unfortunately, this title seems rather typical of Hong Kong's film output in recent times: not very good, but not as bad as it could have been. Chances of North American release: 0%. Chances of English-friendly DVD release: 100% (in Hong Kong by the end of the month, I'm guessing, ready for export to reputable merchants worldwide).

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