The Occupant (The Tenant, 1984)

Hong Kong Panorama Corporation Ltd. DVD edition

Text written 2021-08-25


Valentino and Angie/Lisa

A somewhat entertaining Hong Kong ghost story comedy with a young Chow Yun-Fat before he became a superstar with the John
Woo groundbreaking gangster films, with the mildly funny Funny-Guy Raymond Wong and .... the best thing about this film, with
the lovely Hong Kong Golden Era Cult actress Sally Yeh. A Cult status that she obtained mostly for playing Maria in the wild,
trashy and funny 1988 Sci-Fi action "I Love Maria".

Sally Yeh was, and is, a Taiwanese born Canadian living in Hong Kong singer and who made a lot of films mainly during the 1980's
and my favourite film of hers is I Love Maria (available on a letterboxed DVD at the beginning of the 2000's but the for a long time
not obtainable on DVD, but now in April 2021 released in a bluray edition ... aah yes!).


Sally Yeh Possessed

In this film, The Occupant, Sally Yeh plays Angie a Canadian Chinese girl from Vancouver arriving in Hong Kong to do her University
thesis about Chinese superstition. As she can't afford an expensive hotel she instead rents an apartment from the Used Car dealer
Hansom Wong (Raymond Wong) and the flat is suspiciously cheap to rent because of a woman killing herself there the year before.
The apartment is rumoured to be haunted by the ghost of the woman, the singer Lisa Law, who not only shot herself but also her
lover. Hansom Wong is thrown out of a window by the ghost but as he's in love with Angie he promises to show her the various
superstitions exercised by the Hong Kong people in daily life

But a crime cop also turns up (due to the antics of Hansome) and he's Valentino Chow (Chow- Yun-Fat) and he also falls in love with
Angie (and I can't blame them as she's adorable) and they start fighting to get her attention. Who will win - the annoying Hansome
or the handsome Valentino ? When Angie is possessed by dead singer Lisa Law they take her to a spiritual advisor (Lo Lieh) for help.

The film is presented in anamorphic widescreen with a Cantonese (or Mandarin) audio DD 5.1 with english subtitles, trailer, region 3

 

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