Lim (Kang Kang) has always been unlucky. He is struggling to make ends meet until he chanced upon the 'Wordless Script' one day and with it, he manages to win the lottery! However, the winnings are marginal, and were soon exhausted when he spends it with Nam (Brendan Yuan) and Hui (Henry Thia), his two poor roommates cum colleagues who excavate bones from old graves for a living. Unwilling to return to his poor days, Lim approaches the 'Wordless Script' for winning numbers again. This time, the Book-Spirit of the "Wordless Script" forewarns Lim that he will have to pay a heavy price, should he wants big winnings. Blinded by greed, Lim agrees to the terms and strikes a deal with the Book-Spirit. As Lim's life gets better and lavish, he also becomes increasingly dependent on the Book-Spirit, seeking its advice in everything. Soon, the Book-Spirit reveals the price which Lim has to pay for all his riches... his life!
Review By Peter Chai
Directed by Boris Boo and produced by Singaporean comedian Mark Lee, "Greedy Ghost" leads one to witness the struggling lives of three close friends Lim (Kang Jing Rong), Ah Nam (Brendan Yuen) and Lao Hui (Henry Thia). The poor and unemployed Lim encounters a golden opportunity to change his life over with great fortune when he is haunted by the Book-Spirit, who provides Lim on winning numbers on the "Wordless Script". At the same time, both Ah Nam and Lao Hui makes a wrong decision by stealing gold ornaments from the deceased, as they are haunted by creepy and horrific situations from day to night. As Lim is getting richer, the Book-Spirit wants him to pay the price of being wealthy by being dead. Dealing with unpredictable dilemmas, Lim and his buddies must get themselves out of the grasp of the mad spirits.
Boo, who stormed in the Singaporean movie industry with his directorial debut in "Where Got Ghost" has brought forward a new kind of horror to the Asian silver screens with his own unique style of twisting supernatural elements through lives of average individuals. However, looking at the directing style and the flow of the storyline in "Greedy Ghost", the movie can be considered as an extension to what the director had done with his previous ghost films. Using greed as the movie theme along with ghosts, the film feels less-surprising with its shocks and horror if you have watched Boo's first two horror works.
The casts should be commended for saving the film. The chemistry among Kang Jing Rong a.k.a Kang Kang, Henry Thia and Brendan Yuen shines through in every scene. Playing Lim has given a very challenging test to Kang Kang, who has a great comedic background in the Taiwanese television industry. He manages to attract audience's attention whenever he handles the haunted scenes and dialogues with his foolish but entertaining expressions.
Yuen's acting performance is akin to his appearance in the local television commercials. His insanity and "down to earth" sense of humour is capable to invite laughter and empathy among audiences.|One of the notable scenes in the movie would be the part where Singaporean actress Jessica Liew is showered by a bag of dripping rubbish. Having such a disgusting image in that scene has helped her to deliver quite an impact for the viewing pleasure of the audience.
In conclusion, "Greedy Ghost" might not suit certain preferences or taste in terms of how far horror movies go, especially for those die-hard ghost fans, but it is still worthy to discover the creepy side of the story with a ticket or two.
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