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Vampire Cop, Ricky

"Vampire Cop, Ricky" draws both blood and laffs. Western auds will be reminded of the 1988 Nicholas Cage vehicle, "Vampire's Kiss," and this is a similar case of hit and miss. As in the Cage film, it's the central perf that makes this hybrid comedy really fly between frequent downtime when the yarn lags.

Korean comedy “Vampire Cop, Ricky” draws both blood and laffs. Western auds will be reminded of the 1988 Nicholas Cage vehicle, “Vampire’s Kiss,” and this is a similar case of hit and miss. As in the Cage film, it’s the central perf that makes this hybrid comedy really fly between frequent downtime when the yarn lags. Pic performed well on local release in February and a sequel has already been announced. Prospects within Asia look good, and the film could develop an international cult audience on ancillary.

A renegade mosquito makes it from Transylvania to South Korea and infects corrupt cop Na Do-yeol (Kim Su-ro), who consequently becomes vampiric anytime he’s sexually aroused. Story makes the most of perennial links between vampirism and sex, but also poses a challenge to Na to reform his illegal ways or lose his human status forever. Helming is functional, but Kim is a riot in the titular role, mining a rich comedic vein as he frequently mimics Bruce Lee’s kung-fu squeals. (Character, incidentally, is never referred to as Ricky in the subtitles.) Korean tech credits are pristine, as usual.

Vampire Cop, Ricky

South Korea

  • Production: A Showbox/Mediaplex presentation, in association with IM Pictures Corp., of an SM Film, Chungeorahm Film production. (International sales: Showbox/Mediaplex, Seoul.) Produced by Lee Si-myung, Choi Yong-bae. Executive producers, Choi Wan, Choi Yong-bae. Directed, written by Lee Shi-myeong.
  • Crew: Camera (color), Jeon Dae-seong; editor, Gyeong Min-ho; music, Lee Dong-jun; art director, Kim Hyo-jeong; costumes, Kim Jeong-weon. Reviewed at Hong Kong Filmart, March 20, 2006. Korean, English dialogue. Running time: 113 MIN.
  • With: <b>With:</b> Kim Su-ro, Jo Yeo-jeong, Oh Gwang-rok, Son Byeong-ho, Cheon Ho-jin.
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