Magic Cop (1990)

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Reviewed by Simon 10/29/2023
Reviewed by Simon on 2023-10-29

MAGIC COP might be the best Mr. Vampire film that isn't Mr. Vampire, and isn't actually a Mr. Vampire film (but effectively is). The film delivers a fresh spin on the genre by fish-out-of-watering rural cop-cum-magician Lam Ching-Ying in "modern" Hong Kong, in a classic "mismatched cops forced to be partners" scenario.

The film is really nicely shot, moves along at a brisk pace and culminates in a frenetic three-way battle of martial arts and magic between Lam, Billy Chow and Michiko Nishiwaki (who I maintain has never been in a bad film).

Yes, Wilson Lam is incredibly annoying and has a face like a butt, but Michiko and Billy kick ass and Lam Ching-Ying is on fire, so I can look past his presence (though being the love interest for the unspeakably cute Wong Mei-Wa is hard to swallow).