Profondo Rosso in Taoism.
This is basically a conventional haunted house story, but covered by the famous Italian film parodies. Certain ideas are directly borrowed from Profondo Rosso. The hybrid of Oriental and Occidental.
Ronny Yu is a famous director along with Tsui Hark or Alex Cheung from the movement called Hong Kong New Wave. In the west, he is well-known from his Fearless.
Especially, he is called as "King of the ghost" in Hong Kong. He made several masterpieces of the ghost story such as a great adaptation of the novel, The Bride with White Hair.
The title of this film is mysterious. Buddha Jumps Over the Wall of the ghost. I think that’s suggest the mixture of the essences.
The basis is properly Chinese ghost story with their original crazy comedy. But, we can easily discover the certain ideas borrowed from the world widely famous Italian films. In result, the film became a hybrid of Oriental and Occidental.
I’m assuming that Ronny Yu loves these films. He just wanted to cover some famous scenes by himself. It’s like a cover song. It’s like a mind of Jesús Franco.
So, this is basically a conventional haunted house story, but it’s covered by the occidental horror film parodies. That makes this film distinguished.
The script is simple, but achieved. The principal casts are familiar faces, angelic Loretta Lee, Bill Tung and Bruce Leung. I’m sure that you can enjoy this film. This is a classic.
Profondo Rosso & L’aldilà
A macabre graffiti behind the wallpaper of room. The blood shower from the wall. These ideas are directly copied from Profondo Rosso of Dario Argento which is a nightmare, my trauma. Fortunately, this film is a Comedy Horror. It’s rather comical than horrifying.
A blind vagabond comes and warns the creeping danger to the protagonist. This scheme is obviously copied from …E tu vivrai nel terrore! L’aldilà of Il Maestro. The prophet is Emily by Cinzia Monreale in L’aldilà. In this film, this is Bruce Leung! What a surprise. He is simultaneously working as the action director.
He is a Taoist who has one eye blind. His name is "Buddha Jumps Over the Wall", so he was apparently the hero of this film. At last, he won a kiss from Loletta Lee!
The most insane parody ever
I like The Cosby Show. I’m always for Bill Cosby. At the beginning of this film, there is a parody of The Cosby Show Season 2, Episode 19: Full House. A famous scene of Sponji Reggae.
Bill Cosby and Bill Tung, both of them are Bill. I suppose that’s a reason to make this parody. Stephen Ho is seriously imitating the gestures of Clayton Prince. In the original, they shout "Hey, Mom" in adlibs. In this film, they shout "Apeman" with full of smile. I really don’t think that they know what they are doing. How we can Interpret it!?
The director Ronny Yu graduated from University of Southern California. He knows American culture. The Cosby Show was not broadcasted in Hong Kong. I think that he personally likes the series through VHS or VCD.