Of the Shaw Brothers Venoms, Wai Pak never quite reached the fame and popularity of his fellow brethen despite being the best looking of the lot. After a brief Shaw Bros. career most notable for Five Deadly Venoms
, he jumped to upstart Golden Harvest in 1979. Wai took supporting roles in kung fu classics like Sammo Hung's Magnificent Butcher
and Prodigal Son
, as well as Jackie Chan's The Young Master
. Proper leading man status for Wai would come in the 1980 kung fu flick The Cheeky Chap
and the 1981 supernatural thriller The Phantom Killer
. A mix of martial arts, suspense, and macabre, The Phantom Killer
is one of the few films directed by popular veteran actor Stanley Fung of the Lucky Stars
series, most recently seen in Hooked On You
. Revolving around a supernatural murder mystery, the film offers a more interesting story than the typical 80s period kung fu vehicle, packing in both entertaining action sets and some ghostly scares.
Young and dashing Siu is a hero to his town and the apple of every gal's eye, much to the anger of local baddie Kam. Their quiet town is shaken by a series of brutal murders, with all the victims being young girls. Constable Chiu can't make sense of the case, but he begins to suspect Siu who had been seen with one of the victims before her death. Chiu trails Siu as he meets up with his lover, and sees Kam attack Siu on the way back. Chiu rushes forward to help, and in the chaos, he thrusts his sword into a Buddhist statue. When blood starts seeping out, Chiu realizes that the statue is actually a corpse...