SUGAR STREET STUDIO (2021) Reviews of Hong Kong ghost comedy

 

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Sugar Street Studio is a 2021 Hong Kong comedy horror film about a producer who gets young creatives to use a real haunted house as a set.

Directed by Sunny Lau from a screenplay co-written with Pok-Chuen Kan, the movie stars Matt Chow, Eric Kot, Chan Kwok-pong, Chloe So, Hanna Chan, Yatho Wong, Martin Wong, Wiyona Yeung, Kaki Sham, Lam Yiu-sing and Susan Yam-Yam Shaw.

Plot:

A film producer convinces some young creators of horror props to set up a ‘haunted house’ and use it as a film set. The building is an old haunted film studio: thirty years previously an actor in a clown costume went mad and killed himself and his lover in a fire. But by communicating with the ghosts, the young people discover that the real story of what happened is quite different…

Reviews:

” …Sunny Lau delivers fast-moving horror-comedy, applying snappy dialogue, pop-culture jokes and touches of romance along the way. The ghost story and its haunted haunted house mean plenty of opportunities for the supernatural, aided by impressive makeup and effects and often using the Causeway Bay attraction as a set.” Far East Film Festival

“Making the most of its whimsical premise, the increasingly surreal tale doesn’t skimp on the horror imagery with its scarred ghosts and scary clowns but also harks back to the horror comedies of old with its sutras and seals as the gang attempt to solve the mystery and right a historical injustice. Filled with amusing meta-references to the contemporary Hong Kong film industry, ironic satire, and absurdist gags…” Windows on Worlds

Cast and characters:

Matt Chow … Pierre
Eric Kot … Boss Choi
Kwok-Pong Chan … Hung Yat-cheong
Chloe So … Soie
Hanna Chan … Matiny
Yat-ho Wong … Gary
Martin Wong … Bobo
Wiyona Yeung … Dong Lok
Ka-Ki Sham … Fan
Yiu-Sing Lam … Young Hung Yat-cheong
Susan Yam-Yam Shaw … Auntie Eight (as Susan Shaw)
Shing-Bun Lam … Renovator
Wilfred Lau … Shaman

Alternate titles:

糖街製片廠 糖街制片厂
Tong Gaai Jai Pin Chong
Tang Jie Zhi Pian Chang
Sugar St. Studio

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