Film / Mr. Vampire

Mr. Vampire (Also known as Hold Your Breath for a Moment) is a 1985 Hong Kong supernatural horror comedy, directed by Ricky Lau, and produced by Sammo Hung. It was notable for helping the supernatural / vampire genre into the whole Asian Film Industry. The film was an immediate success and was followed by three sequels, a 1992 remake (with Hung producing again) and several spin-offs.

Taoist priest Kau (Lam Ching Ying) is asked by rich businessman Yam, to organize a reburial for Yam's father, to prevent his corpse from coming back to life as a geung-si (or simply a Chinese Vampire). However, things go wrong as expected, the corpse comes alive, and creates havoc in the village.


  • Chinese Vampire: Obviously.
  • Cool Old Guy: Uncle Kau.
  • Cute Ghost Girl: The B-plot has a pretty female ghost looking to take on lovers, notably one of Uncle Kau's assistants.
  • Immune to Bullets: The police open fire on the vampire with rifles; it doesn't work.
  • Jerk Ass: Wai, who treats Kau's assistants like crap, he arrests Uncle Kau for having long sharp nails, which the hopping vampire used to kill Yam.
  • Kill It with Fire: The bodies of the victims of the vampire are burned, to prevent a vampire outbreak.
    • Vampire-Yam and eventually The Vampire itself, are killed when the heroes set them afire.
  • One-Winged Angel: The Vampire returns for the final confrontation this way; its clothes are in tatters, its hair stringy, more decay present and much more vicious than before... and weapons won't kill it.
  • Our Ghosts are Different: The female ghost; she can take on the appearance of a mortal woman dressed in Chinese attire, becomes invisible at will, levitates, and even fly like Raiden.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: These are the Chinese Vampire variety which hop, have stiff limbs, and act differently than Western vampires.
  • Spin-Off: Lam Ching Ying would also star in several films with similar plot such as: Encounters of the Spooky kind and Crazy Safari.
  • Trope Codifier: While not the first of jiangshi genre films, it definitely set the standard for them and helped propel the genre into popular from 1985 to the mid-1990s in East Asia.