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  Encyclopedia: Chinese vampire
To distinguish between a Chinese vampire and a Western vampire a Cantonese speaker may use 吸血僵屍 (Cantonese Yale: kap1 hyut3 geung1 si1) for a "blood-sucking geung si".
Chinese vampires were a popular subject in Hong Kong movies during the 1980s; some movies even featured both Chinese vampires and "Western" vampires.
It is also conventional wisdom of feng shui in Chinese architecture that a threshold (Chinese: 門檻), a piece of wood approximately six inches high, be installed along the width of the door to trip the hopping corpse so that it cannot enter the household.
www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/Chinese-vampire   (567 words)

  
 Vampire - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Vampires are mythical or folkloric creatures, typically held to be the re-animated corpses of human beings and said to subsist on human and/or animal blood (hematophagy), often having unnatural powers, heightened bodily functions, and/or the ability to physically transform.
Vampires are often described as having a variety of additional powers and character traits, extremely variable in different traditions, and are a frequent subject of folklore, cinema, and contemporary fiction.
In Albania, a type of vampire known as the Liogat or sampiro was supposed to be the reanimated corpse of Albanians of Turkish descent.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Vampire   (4444 words)

  
 Vampire - InfoSearchPoint.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-16)
A vampire is a mythical/folkloric creature that is said to subsist on human blood (animal blood can often suffice); usually the vampire is the corpse of a recently dead person, reanimated or made undead by one means or another.
Vampire folklore may have arisen as a response to conflicts in religion and culture; it is also widely theorized that missionaries and other new elements of the population brought new strains of disease, resulting in a greatly increased number of "mysterious" deaths during the period.
Its portrayal of vampirism as a disease (contagious demonic possession!), with all its undertones of sex, blood and death, struck a chord in a Victorian England where tuberculosis and syphilis were common.
www.infosearchpoint.com /display/Vampire   (2279 words)

  
 Hopping corpse -- Facts, Info, and Encyclopedia article   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-16)
To distinguish between a Chinese vampire and a (additional info and facts about Western vampire) Western vampire a Cantonese speaker may use 吸血僵屍 (Cantonese (English philanthropist who made contributions to a college in Connecticut that was renamed in his honor (1649-1721)) Yale: kap1 hyut3 geung1 si1) for a "blood-sucking geung si".
Chinese vampires were a popular subject in (additional info and facts about Hong Kong movies) Hong Kong movies during the 1980s; some movies even featured both Chinese and "Western" vampires.
Generally in the movies the hopping corpses are dressed in imperial (The last imperial dynasty of China (from 1644 to 1912) which was overthrown by revolutionaries; during the Qing dynasty China was ruled by the Manchu) Qing Dynasty clothes, their arms permanently outstretched to catch and strangle victims.
www.absoluteastronomy.com /encyclopedia/h/ho/hopping_corpse.htm   (618 words)

  
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Vampires : While vampires are oddly absent from traditional Japanese, they have made up for the lack with modern tales of kyuuketsuki, the blood sucker.
Modern vampires include Hammer films inspired vampire movies and many appears in manga, the best known are Vampire Hunter D and Vampire Princess Miyu, which merited its own entry in Melton’s encyclopedic Vampire Book.
In an interesting variation of the legend, the Chinese vampire is kept at bay by the ringing of a copper bell.
www.angelfire.com /sk3/asianhorror/v.html   (1263 words)

  
 Chinese Vampires - China History Forum, online chinese history forum
Vampire and the like), but even some of the conventions of those movies confuse me, and I would like to learn more about the folk traditions on which the films are based.
Should the vampire be too strong to subdue, the priest usually draws upon a wooden sword, or a sword made entirely of copper coins linked by a red string as a weapon.
Murder victims, suicides, and disappeared people were all likely to become vampires because of the violent nature of their deaths or the inability to trace the body for proper burial in the case of disappearances.
www.chinahistoryforum.com /index.php?showtopic=983   (5726 words)

  
 GreenCine | Hong Kong Horror Comedies
Vampire, he finally assumed the role of the Taoist priest, a role that controlled the next twelve years of his life (he died, at the age of 45, of liver cancer in 1997).
Vampire 2 (1986) is a treacly story of a family of vampires set in the modern day.
Vampire (1986) isn't a great movie, the DVD release is notable for including an English commentary track by Rick Meyers who not only describes the genesis of gyonshi movies, but who also traces the career of every actor in the movie.
www.greencine.com /static/primers/asianhorror1.jsp   (3253 words)

  
 Anime-Myth.com v. With You
Instead the sword becomes a curse as the priest believes his own superstitions and murders a girl believed dead and risen from demonic powers (she had a heart attack and later Minako learns such occurences are only temporary in her case, and they prematurely shut her in the coffin).
To kill a vampire a stake must be driven through its heart, and old stories of corpses rising from their graves were favorites among superstitious storytellers.
Vampires are shown as immortal beings with super-powers, although with weaknesses to daylight and crosses...
www.anime-myth.com /vampire.html   (995 words)

  
 Mr. Vampire (1985)
The tales of vampires in Chinese folklore is just as popular and rich in tradition as their Western counterparts originating with Brom Stoker's Dracula.
The fact is that Chinese vampires are simply hopping, rotting corpses with more in common with mindless zombies from Night of the Living Dead than a suave Dracula who seduces women.
Vampire is great fun and fans of the Evil Dead series should see where Sam Raimi, a Hong Kong film fan got some of his twisted inspiration from.
www.kungfucinema.com /reviews/mrvampire.htm   (1140 words)

  
 The Vampire Research Society Worldwide Orgnization - Database - Vampire Names around the World List - china   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-16)
The body animated by the p'ai was then a vampire but was not normally recognized as a vampire until some action gave it away.
The vampires of this region seem to originate as a means of explaining problems with death.
Direct sunlight and moonlight were kept away from a dead body because the rays were considered capable of supplying the corpse with a supply of yang, a positive force, thereby fortifying the lower soul, which then required human blood to keep the body incorrupt.
www.stormpages.com /vrswo/china.html   (886 words)

  
 Xin jiang shi xian sheng (1992)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-16)
It seems that Chinese vampires are not undead, but rather spirits who have no rest in the afterlife.
Chinese vampires seem to hop around a lot and generally act like zombies from Night of the Living Dead (slow, uncoordinated and grunt frequently).
In a funny scene, it would seem that vampire society has fang-size status (the bigger the fang, the higher the vampire is in the echelon).
www.imdb.com /title/tt0105857   (639 words)

  
 BoxOffice Magazine [SPECIAL REPORT]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-16)
These films embrace traditional Chinese mythology, superstitions and heroic legends that tell tales of ghosts who fall in love with mortals, battles between demons and righteous swordsmen, and mystical quests that crack the fissures of time and space.
According to Chinese legend, if a body is buried where the grave soil is too dry, the coffin blocks out soil humidity, and the body preservative won't absorb moisture.
Whether it's hopping vampires, seductive female fox-devils and ghosts draped in white silk gowns, or their superbly choreographed fight scenes, the Hong Kong Fant-Asia filmmakers continue to startle audiences with the originality of their vision.
www.boxoff.com /sneak2feb.html   (1732 words)

  
 Tsui Hark's Vampire Hunters reviewed by AllZone4DVD.net   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-16)
As the title suggests, 'Vampire Hunters' tells the tale of a band of intrepid warriors whose mission is to track down and destroy the Vampire King.
This first glimpse of the Chinese version of vampire iconography is a good example of the stark differences with the romanticised Dracula type common particularly in European folk lore and Hollywood films.
Vampires in Chinese mythology (or at least this interpretation) are essentially evolved zombies, hideous disfigured ghouls whose super-natural powers include flying and sucking blood from their victims using their fetid breath.
www.allzone4dvd.net /review_details.htm?id=529   (1046 words)

  
 Famous Cases: The Opium Vampires
Among the outrageous rumors circulating was a story that the Chinese were harboring vampires in Chinatown as part of a plot to destroy the white population.
But the clamor and noise gave the less narcotized vampires fair warning, and they were able to ambush the team inside one of the larger rooms.
Finally, the case of the opium vampires should be remembered for the courage of Jin Don Song and the principled stand taken by Jim Belmore.
www.fvza.org /opium.html   (1082 words)

  
 NOVA Express Special Hong Kong Cinema Section
Vampire [1984, directed by Ricky Lau], which is an example of the fantastic Wu Xia Pian genre, I should explain about Chinese vampires, which are different from the Transylvanian variety.
Vampires may best be controlled by Yellow Paper Magic, in which a sutra or charm is written on yellow paper, then pasted on the vampire's forehead in a kind of spiritual Post-It note.
Vampires locate the living by following their breath, so if a vampire is on your trail, you should try holding your breath as long as possible.
www.sflit.com /novaexpress/14/useless-14.html   (1728 words)

  
 Smorgasbord of Crappola - Articles
Apparently, the chinese vampire comes from the inferior soul of a person who died violently.
See, there is a Chinese belief that there are two souls inhabiting every body - one that is superior or rational, and one that is inferior or irrational (called p'ai or p'o).
One of my co-workers (knowing my new-found interest in Chinese vampires) got me a Chinese horror movie on DVD while he was on vacation in Hong Kong over the holidays.
home.comcast.net /~longo13/articles/chinese_vamps.html   (527 words)

  
 Joshua Pettigrew Graphic Artist For Hire: Mr. Vampire Review   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-16)
Not to worry, as Lam Ching Ying is on the case as a unibrowed Taoist priest employing Chinese magic skills mixed with kung fu to wallop the hoary denizen.
Other weapons use to combat the hoppers are: a mixture of chicken blood and ink, yellow strips of paper with spells on them written in the aforementioned mixture, a dagger made from coins, the ying yang symbol, a wooden sword, and a chain made from coins.
Vampire a couple of times to get down the rules of the game so to speak, and then to watch it again in simple appreciation of the movie itself.
www.joshuapettigrew.com /Reviews/MrVampire/MrVampire.html   (432 words)

  
 Compare Prices and Read Reviews on Mister Vampire at Epinions.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-16)
The Chinese vampire is quite a bit different from its American and European counterparts.
The vampires are blind, so the only way they can find their victims is through homing in on their breath—which leads to several humorous scenes where characters try and hold their breath as one of the undead stands directly in front of them.
The vampires are also vulnerable to uncooked sticky rice—which absorbs the poison from their system.
www.epinions.com /mvie-review-3063-105FB5D2-38F4C844-prod5   (988 words)

  
 Chinese Vampires   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-16)
Chinese vampires have also have been deprived of their vision, So instead they rely on their sense of smell and follow their victims breath.
When you see a Chinese vampire you’ll notice, “why’s he wear those clothes?” Well these are the form clothing of the last Chinese dynasty (Qing dynasty, Ching dynasty and Ming dynasty).
Chinese vampires are brought back from death, because of a tragic death.
www.freewebs.com /hongkongcinema/articles/chinesevampires.html   (433 words)

  
 Teleport City
He explains that he was the high priest of the Seven Golden Vampires, but with the vampires destroyed, his power has disappeared.
A hundred years later in Chung King, vampire hunter Van Helsing (Peter Cushing, the man with the strangest cheekbones in history), is teaching a class in Chinese vampire legends.
True, Van Helsing does point out that he is not an expert on Chinese vampires a few times, but I'm not sure if that makes up for the scenes of the Chinese guys pulling the doughy son and Scandinavian lady around on rickshaws, while they complain and bitch.
www.teleport-city.com /movies/reviews/r-s/seven_golden_vampires.html   (1172 words)

  
 Exorcist Master (1993)
Premise: When a Catholic church in a small Chinese town falls prey to an evil combing the powers of Western and Chinese vampirism, Taoist priest Uncle Nine (Lam Ching Ying) and Catholic priest Wu (Wu Ma) must overcome religious and cultural differences in order to defeat the vampire.
Review: Western and Chinese culture have very distinct versions of vampires and although both remain quite popular, a cinematic combination of the two is a rare occurrence.
This was a fun, but odd pairing that came before Chinese vampires had developed into the distinctive hopping zombies they have since become.
www.kungfucinema.com /reviews/exorcistmaster.htm   (787 words)

  
 Amazon.com: Mr. Vampire (1998) : Video   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-16)
The viewer gets something of an education in Chinese vampire lore, including a chorus of 8 hopping vampires and a regular family of walking vampires.
Vampire (as the long-suffering teacher) and his two apprentices to be quite funny.
Also the necromancer/priest with the "hopping bell-controlled" vampires with the prayers attached to their foreheads was very funny.
www.amazon.com /exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B000009N6I?v=glance   (1292 words)

  
 Vampire Effect: This Chinese Vampire Movie Rocks! - Printer Friendly Page - DVD Reviews - EclipseMagazine.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-16)
Worse: a European vampire has killed the other members of the royal family so that he can use their essence to open the Vampire Bible.
“Vampire Effect” is one of the strangest vampire movies I’ve ever seen — and that’s allowing for Chinese vampire movies to be vastly different from North American ones.
By this point, Gypsy and Reeve are friendlier than vampire slaying partners usually get, and Helen plays on the possibility that the two will become sisters-in-law.
www.eclipsemagazine.com /modules/news/print.php?storyid=929   (541 words)

  
 Darkness Embraced :: Vampire and Occult Society   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-16)
Unlike fictitious vampires that climb out of their coffins at night and kill people drinking their blood, energy vampires need to absorb other people's energy.
It's straight out of every cheesy vampire movie you've ever seen: the vampire gets up, walks out into a room flooded with light, and if he doesn't burst into flames, at the very least he winces and puts on a pair of sunglasses.
Among the many real vampires I have had contact with over the years, I have learned that a number of them would change their nature if they could.
www.darkness-embraced.com /php/index.php   (1158 words)

  
 Mr. Vampire 2 [Chinese Version] DVD | dir.: Ricky Lau (Koon Wai) | cast: Yuen Biao, Moon Lee Choi-Fung, Lam Ching Ying, ...
Learn more vampire lore, including the salutary effects of holding your breath and having on hand a supply of sticky rice and red-inked sutras.
The hopping vampires return as the sequel to the classic Mr.
Vampire moves the setting from ancient China to modern-day Hong Kong, and includes a whole family of bloodsuckers.
www.hkflix.com /xq/asp/filmID.925/aid.014637/qx/details.htm   (415 words)

  
 Amazon.co.uk: Buffy Blooded (Buffy the Vampire Slayer S.): Books   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-16)
Chirayoju, a legendary Chinese vampire, is freed by accident from an ancient curse that imprisoned him in an antique sword.
Buffy Is in a mueseum with willow and willow cut her finger on the ancient japanese sword and is possesed by a chinese socerer.
Xander is possesed later on by a Japanese warior god and starts fighting Buffy when she is taken over by the chinese socerer.
www.amazon.co.uk /exec/obidos/ASIN/0671021346   (725 words)

  
 Vampire
Vlad Tepes Dracula was born in the year 1431 in Transylvania, in a little town named Sighisoara.
We are now being introduced to the vampire, which was set to be the classical vampire in many years.
Jonathan never see Dracula in daylight, and there are no mirrors on the castle, ´cause a vampire has no (spejlbillede).
members.cox.net /sniperchick/Vampire.html   (862 words)

  
 Amazon.com: Kung Fu From Beyond the Grave/Chinese: DVD   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-16)
Vampire 1992" (incorrectly labelled "Chinese Vampire Story" on the box).
Vampire 1992" (the fifth in a popular series) tells a practically incoherant story of babies aborted during pregnancy.
I have only seen Kung Fu from Beyond the Grave so far, so my review will only be for that movie only, and not chinese vampire story.
www.amazon.com /exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B00008RH0V?v=glance   (901 words)

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