Starring Sandra Ng, Billy Lau, Cheung Man, Woo Fung, Ann Bridgewater, Suki Kwan, Shing Fui-On and Yuen Cheung-Yan. Directed by Jeffrey Lau
for Golden Flare Films Company.
Female cops go undercover to crack a forgery case and, while they wait to meet up with the counterfeiter bad guy (Fui-On), they stay at an almost deserted apartment block that is haunted by ghosts.
Aka THUNDER COPS, this movie is crammed with very broad, farcical humour, much of it centred around a buffoonish, newlywed policeman (Lau) believing that his cop wife (Ng) is having a fling with her boss, Inspector Shin (Fung).
Meanwhile, in the ghost-infested building, a monk (Cheung-Yan) captures the various spirits and stores them in drawstring bags covered in Buddhist swastika symbols. These bags are then placed behind a sealed ‘Door of Hell’, but one of the bags is accidentally dropped, enabling the blue-lit female ghost to escape and begin to terrorise the place. Oh, this ghost can be nasty, but also likes to have her toes sucked!
The overly slapstick film gives us such silliness as Inspector Shin posing as a cross-dressing pimp, a parody of the slo-mo Chow Yun-Fat corridor moment from A BETTER TOMORROW and a scene where two of the guys take part in a literal pissing contest. The flick properly kicks into gear, however, once the monk returns and everyone teams-up to tackle the nasty girl ghost, who eventually gets beheaded.
But now matters really become strange, as the headless body chases after everyone, as does the ghost’s floating severed head!
To tackle this flying fiend, the heroes use remote control toy helicopters, equipped with mini-rockets, to chase the gliding head! Yes, you heard that right: we now get a fun action sequence as the yellow helicopters pursue the flying head through corridors and rooms, firing missiles at it!
The female ghost’s floating cranium is finally cornered by the helicopters as it rests on a table… so the head decides to self-destruct: it explodes!
The blood from the head splatters onto the characters, which attracts even more ghosts, who storm into the building, resembling shambling, long-haired zombies.
After a farcical sequence involving the monk suggesting that one of the men should be castrated to save the day, the situation is finally solved with the invocation of Buddhist mythological characters, who magically deal with the spirits.
Yes, it’s very weird.