THE IMP, 1981 (Hong Kong)
‘The Imp (兇榜, 1981), directed by Dennis Yu is a horror movie with a strong influence of Roman Polanski and is widely regarded as a forerunner of haunted-house movie in Hong Kong.’
Review by Geoffrey Broomer ‘Hong Kong New Wave director Dennis Yu crafts the tale of an expectant parent (Charlie Chin) who takes a job as a night watchman at a large building complex whose local spirit becomes interested in his unborn child. The Imp works in ghosts, geomancers, and black magic, while always feeling grounded in reality.
A romantic lead in the 1970s, Chin is now in his 30s and a few years away from becoming a Lucky Star – his character is a man with no discernable skills trying to get out from his father-in-law’s company before the birth of a child. The desperation is palpable. His most prominent co-worker is Kent Cheng. Cheng is nicknamed fatty, but in a movie with a…’ -LETTERBOXD.COM