A good-looking slice of low-budget comedy-horror, Sam Leong’s third feature, “The Stewardess,” is tailor-made for genre enthusiasts on the hunt for up-and-coming talent. Showing a similar invention with minimal resources as the first two pics by fellow Hong Kong helmer Soi Cheang (“Diamond Hill,” “Horror Hotline … Big Head Monster”), loony tale about a young scriptwriter spooked by a murderous flight attendant is an offbeat oddity for specialist fests and Western ancillary.
Ken Ma (Sam Lee) is a goofy young scripter who uses his job title to impress girls. After hooking up with a local stewardess, Apple (Lee San-san), and threatened with instant evisceration by her triad dad (vet Charlie Chan) if he plays around with other women, Ken finds himself pursued by a zombie-like Japanese flight attendant, Yurei (Seina Kasugai), who wears a red plastic raincoat and not much else. Helped by a reliable cast of character actors, and a playful, pipe-organ score by Kiyoshi Yoshikawa, Leong keeps pic ticking entertainingly before ramping up the trashy shenanigans in the final reels. Pic grossed a spectacularly low HK$6,440 ($826) on its one-week release in April 2002.