THE BLUE JEAN MONSTER (1991)
88 Films. Blu Ray. Out Now
Another delve into the archives of Golden Harvest as part of the 88 Asia Collection, The Blue Jean Monster (Jeuk ngau jai foo idk Jung Kwai) is a bizarre mix of lowbrow comedy, horror and action.
Fui-On Shing, better known for supporting roles, headlines here as Tsu Hsiang (or Joe in the subtitles used here). He’s a cop whose wife Chu (Siu-Fung Wong) is expecting their first child.
When he gets a tip off from the oddly named Power Steering (Wai-Kit Tse) – who he treats like a son – that there is going to be a bank robbery, our protagonist copper decides to try and prevent the crime… unfortunately, after pursuing the miscreants, he ends up shot and crushed to death under a pile of various heavy items on a building site.
Luckily, or unluckily, depending on how you look at it, he is revived when a cat crawls across him and an electrical storm knocks down a power pylon and he is zapped with high voltage and brought back to life as an indestructible, green eyed, zombie like monster. Well at least some of the time. Quite what part the moggy played in this resuscitation is unclear. However, in order to stay “alive” he must have regularly top-ups of electricity – he even turns an iron into a makeshift defibrillator.
With shades of 1988s Dead Heat and a dash of 1987s Robocop, the convoluted plot has the criminals chasing Power Steering’s girlfriend Gucci (the cute Gloria Yip) as she somehow has the money they stole and she can identify them. Blue Jean Monster to the rescue!
There are some well staged stunt sequences peppered throughout this odd conglomeration of genres though much of it plays like a horribly dated sex comedy, with outmoded attitudes to the fore. Despite this, if you can ignore these elements, it’s enjoyably daft, with an over the top music score, wildly variable performances from good to overplaying and goofy comedy predominating over the action.
Special Features – 2 stars
Man Made Monster – An Interview With Assistant Director Sam Leong
Hong Kong Trailer
Reversible cover with new artwork by James Neal and original HK Poster Art