Movie Review: 鬼也笑 ” The Ghosts Must Be Crazy ” (2011)

Rated: 18
Genre: Comedy (, horror?)
Language: Singlish, Hokkien, Mandarin, English
Running Time: 1 Hour 37 Minutes
Director: Mark Lee, Boris Boo
Cast: Mark Lee, John Cheng, Henry Thia, Dennis Chew, Wang Lei

“‘The Ghost Must Be Crazy’ has two different stories entitled “The Day Off” and “The Ghost Bride”. In “The Day Off”, Ah Nan (John Cheng) and Ah Lei (Wang Lei) goes for their annual in-camp training and they meet a very “on” Platoon Commander. As they’re about to play a prank on the Commander as a form of revenge for all the rigorous training they had to put up with, a series of strange things happen. In “Ghost Bride”, Ah Hui (Henry Thia) who is unlucky in love meets a stranger, Ah Hai (Mark Lee), who promises him fortune and blessings if he seeks help from ‘brothers and sisters’ in the netherworld. Ah Hui does so and ends up finding a beautiful jade bangle inside a red packet. Soon after, Ah Hui strikes the lottery, but spends it all lavishly. Just when he is down in the dumps again, Ah Hai offers him another solution and something strange happens.” -Cinema Online

Verdict: This film consists of two different stories directed by Boris Boo and Mark Lee respectively. The first one is kinda lame to me but I dunno, it could be because I’m not a Singaporean or because I don’t understand Hokkien. The second one is hilarious and what makes it even more impressive is how Lee managed to showcase his skills as both director and lead actor at the same time. Both the stories may not make much sense nor would it travel anywhere farther than Singapore and Malaysia with its cultural language, tradition, myths and inside humour, but it is a film genre that locals here and there would always look forward to for its guaranteed amusement.

Rating: 2.5 / 5

Date for the show: Iris

Her verdict: “It’s not… really horror.”

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