Sexual Devil (1991)

A holy man does some fancy hand movements
A holy man does some fancy hand movements

Directed by Lien-Chou Ho and starring Lawrence Ng, Gon-Ha Yick, Hark-On Fung, Mo-Hau Cheung, Tau Chu and Paul Che.

The film's title
The film’s title

SEXUAL DEVIL: quite a title for a Hong Kong ghost movie, right? However… this film turns out to be one of those productions that has a lurid, tasty title that is attached to a rather anaemic, flavourless story.

Female ghosts in Hong Kong movies very often wear white robes...
Female ghosts in Hong Kong movies very often wear white robes…
...and they also very often have echoey voices
…and they also very often have echoey voices

Basically, the plot concerns a fashion photographer (Ng) and a ghostly girl, with some magic spell-making scenes added.

VCD cover
VCD cover

Shot on video, this production from Dragon Film Limited begins with some footage of animal cruelty (a lizard is stabbed in the mouth by a holy man) before, very quickly, becoming exceedingly dull.

When the main character does a photoshoot with two models...
When the main character does a photoshoot with two models…
...they look like blue-faced ghosts in his camera viewfinder
…they look like blue-faced ghosts in his camera viewfinder

Video trick effects are used towards the end of the flick, of a white-robed girl spirit whizzing about the trees, but this only reminds you of how cheap ‘n’ TV-ish this film is when compared to bona fide Hong Kong cinema releases, such as A CHINESE GHOST STORY (1987) or even ESPRIT D’AMOUR (1983).

The protagonist drives towards the ghost...
The protagonist drives towards the ghost…
...and she ends up peering at him from the car roof
…and she ends up peering at him from the car roof

The one novel thing to occur in SEXUAL DEVIL is the silly scene in which an evil man uses lizards as projectiles, hurling ’em onto an attacker!

The ghost doesn't like daylight
The ghost doesn’t like daylight

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