I'm healing up from my knee surgery, and after watching some of the movies I got for Black Friday, I took a break to stream a few films. First up was my Christmas Chaos film; I liked it, but the pain medicine I'm now weaning myself from has kept me from really sitting down and writing a fair analysis.
Then, after a few episodes of the American "Street Fighter" animated series, followed by a few episodes of the Japanese Supaidaman show, I took in a viewing of "Doctor Vampire" (Jiang shi yi sheng, 1990), on Asian Crush. Clocking in at what is, for this film, an absolutely obscene 98 minutes (though the requisite "commercial breaks" made it feel like 1000), "Doctor Vampire" is a popcorn ride. Nothing too offensive, mostly typical for what I've come to expect of early '90s Chinese comedy.
I had seen "Kung Fu Zombie" a few nights ago, pre-op, and I suspected that this film was nestled in the "Mr. Vampire" oeuvre, but this is not the case. No hopping vampires, unless you count the brief moment where Dr. Chiang begins to suspect he's becoming a vampire and begins to test his hopping prowess.
The skinny so far: Dr. Chiang meets a hooker on a business trip and does "it" with her, and when I phrase it that way, that's a reflection of the way they phrase it in the film. As a consequence of doing "it" with a hooker, instead of VD he gets turned into a vampire. He goes back home, and the film follows him as he begins to change to a vampire while also keeping his hooker pounding ways from his girlfriend (who never did "it" with him). However, the hooker's pimp - fuckin' Dracula - gets a taste of the doctor's blood and finds it to be just the fuckin tits, so he sends the hooker to find the doctor and bring him back.
This movie is fun, sure, but it's a fucking slog at times. The comedy is the broadest of broad strokes, mostly involving the doctor and his pals who are pretty much the Inbetweeners, if the Inbetweeners tried to cure sinusitis via circumcision. After watching a few films from the "hopping vampire" subgenre, it's weird to watch this hybrid of Western vampire lore and Asian horror comedy tropes.
This reads far too academic for my tastes, but, in for a penny I guess. There's a dick joke in the middle that I was way too amused by, but I have pain meds to blame. Fucking meniscus. I should have put this much effort into my review of my Christmas choice.
Sonuvabitch, why is there a St. Jude's commercial smack in the middle of my Asian vampire titty and dick joke movie? That bummed me out.