Earlier than Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Vampire Diaries, The Originals, True Blood and naturally Twilight took to our large and small screens, audiences principally considered vampires because the horrifying picture introduced vividly to life by the late Sir Christopher Lee as Rely Dracula together with his bloodshot eyes and scary fangs, quite than the fashionable, romanticised model with teenage attractiveness and sculpted six-pack abs that might be a dream thus far and make out with. And simply as Sir Christopher Lee was memorable because the fanged fiend, so too was Sir Peter Cushing as his arch nemesis Van Helsing, the unique slayer earlier than there was Buffy.The horrors of vampires are after all not restricted to the West, i.e. Hollywood. Right here within the East, we too have our model, however as a substitute of sharp toothed demons, Jap vampires referred to as “jiang shi” (translated as petrified corpses) are hopping Qing Dynasty garbed zombies with outstretched arms. Based mostly on Chinese language legends and folklore, these nocturnal creatures would possibly look foolish and laughable, however they’re actually to not be underestimated as they kill any residing beings as a way to take up their life essence or “qi”. As for his or her nemesis, ask any Hong Kong movie fan and also you’re more likely to get the identical reply – the Taoist priest performed by the late Lam Ching Ying, our very personal “Van Helsing of the East”.
Ranging from the very first Mr. Vampire movie in 1985, Lam Ching Ying memorably made the position of Gau Suk the vampire slaying Taoist priest his personal and even acquired his very first nomination as Greatest Supporting Actor on the 5 th Hong Kong Movie Awards that 12 months for the position. Thereafter, he continued reprising the enduring position not solely within the many sequels but additionally quite a few spin-offs each on movie in addition to on TV that adopted the movie, a lot in order that it solidified and a few would say typecast him because the Taoist priest of all Taoist clergymen within the cinematic world. So memorable was his legacy that the 2013 movie Rigor Mortis that efficiently revived the “jiang shi” movie style was proclaimed a tribute to Mr. Vampire movie franchise and him.
Apart from Lam, this movie franchise was additionally liable for sky-rocketing the numerous movie careers of Ricky Hui, Chin Siu Ho, Anthony Chan Yau, Wu Ma, Pauline Wong, Loi Fong, amongst many others, who both portrayed Lam’s vampire-fighting disciples, fellow or rival Taoist clergymen or ghosts within the movie sequence or spin-offs. The truth is, Chin and Chan even went on to star within the newest Rigor Mortis, now veterans, coming full circle from their unique roles within the 1985 unique movie.