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Crazy Safari (1991)

Fei zhou he shang (original title)
Two guys, one of them a magician, are transporting an ancient chinese vampire who can only be controlled by a series of yellow tapes, and is the ancestor of the other guy. On the way, while... See full summary »

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Billy Chan

Writer:

Barry Wong
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
N!xau ... N!xau The Bushman (as Nixau)
Ching-Ying Lam ... Master HiSing (Cantonese version), Wise One (English version) (as Lam Ching Ying)
Sam Christopher Chow Sam Christopher Chow ... Leo (Cantonese version), Sam (English version) (as Sam Christopher Chan)
Lung Chan ... The Vampire (Cantonese version), Ancestor (English version) (as Peter Chan)
Stephen Chow ... Narrator (Cantonese version) (voice) (as Chow Shing Chi)
Man-Tat Ng ... Narrator (Mandarin version) (voice) (as Ng Man Tat)
Paddy O'Byrne Paddy O'Byrne ... Narrator (English version) (voice)
Michelle Bestbier Michelle Bestbier ... Susan
Saul Bamberger Saul Bamberger ... Johnson
Peter Mahlangu Peter Mahlangu ... Peter
Bo Kaesje Bo Kaesje ... Ball
Christopher Kubheka Christopher Kubheka ... Xabo
Elias Meintjies Elias Meintjies ... Tree
Charlotte Matshele Charlotte Matshele ... Girl with Bell #1
Sweetness Kunene Sweetness Kunene ... Girl with Bell #2
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Storyline

Two guys, one of them a magician, are transporting an ancient chinese vampire who can only be controlled by a series of yellow tapes, and is the ancestor of the other guy. On the way, while flying over Africa, their plane stalls. And of all places, where do they land? That's right, in the village of the tribe of "The Gods Must Be Crazy". Written by Parca Mortem <icy_shadow@rocketmail.com>

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Genres:

Comedy | Fantasy

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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese | English | Ungwatsi

Release Date:

5 July 1991 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Vampires Must Be Crazy See more »

Filming Locations:

England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,409,834
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Despite The Gods Must Be Crazy (1980) creator Jamie Uys being credited as a consultant, original narrator Paddy O'Byrne being brought on board for the English dub, and N!xau the Bushman starring, Boet Troskie, producer of the first two movies, labelled this film and its subsequent sequels "ungodly fakes", because they were not produced under Troskie's Mimosa Films production company. See more »

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Follows The Gods Must Be Crazy (1980) See more »

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Enter The Dragon
Composed by Lalo Schifrin
Produced by Warner Tamerlane Pub. Corp.
Used with permission of Warner Music Pub.
Hong Kong Ltd.
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Utterly bizarre, and wonderful
30 June 2015 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

CRAZY SAFARI certainly lives up to its title and stands as one of the most bizarre movies I've ever watched. It turns out that a couple of South African movies starring bushman actor N!xau, THE GODS MUST BE CRAZY and its sequel, must have been really popular in China. Soon after they were made, Chinese producers were recruiting the same star and in this film they head off to South Africa to cash in on his popularity.

To make things even stranger, CRAZY SAFARI is a film heavily indebted to the MR VAMPIRE saga, and it even stars Lam Ching-Ying as his traditional One-Eyebrow Priest character. The storyline sees the priest and his companion travelling to England where they buy his friend's ancestor at an auction and transport him back to Hong Kong, only to get stranded in Africa en route. The film was written by the great Barry Wong, who handled the scripts for many classics like HARD-BOILED and ARMOUR OF GOD.

A hopping vampire plays a big part in the story and his scenes are a real hoot, with all of the traditional special effects work used to make him jump huge heights and the like. The middle of the film seems to have been made up as they went along, as the characters interact with the wildlife in various ways (they hide up a tree from a rampaging rhino), but then things pick up for an eye-popping climax in which the heroes and their allies must battle an evil tribe and a couple of diamond hunters who seem to have come from an Indiana Jones flick. There's a hilarious duel scene involving the spirits of a baboon and even Bruce Lee, and plenty of wacky humour that works really nicely. Your enjoyment of CRAZY SAFARI will depend on how big a fan you are of this 'hopping vampire' genre; if it's up your street then you'll love this too.


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