Shaolin vs. Evil Dead (2004)

Man, if the Italians found out about this movie*, it would have been a La Casa film for sure. As it is, it references Evil Dead while ripping off the look of the Mr. Vampire films while placing Gordon Liu into a battle between the shaolin monks and the living dead.

Mr. Liu was already a major star before Tarantino tapped him to appear in the Kill Bill films in two roles (Johnny Mo, the leader of the Crazy 88s and Master Pai Mei). His first break happened when he played San “Iron Arms” Te in The 36th Chamber of Shaolin. Sadly, the star had a stroke that gave him a speaking slut and confined him to a wheelchair in 2011. It’s a pretty rough story about his second wife’s family taking much of his money, but luckily today he has entrusted his estate to his friend, actress Amy Fan.

Here, he’s Pak, also known as Brother White, teaming with Siu-Wong Fan (who was, of course, the title character in Riki-Oh: The Story of Riki) as Hak, or Brother Black. They’re up against a vampire king and evil Yat. You know, most of the reviews I’ve read of this hated it, but it has a child eating a magical egg and pooping out a magical shaving cream-covered full-sized kid who keeps calling the other little boy his mommy. Also, it just ends because they wanted to set up a sequel that took three more years to come out.

*It was released as Evil Dead 4 in Pakistan.

You can watch this on YouTube.

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