"I've given you the numbers already, are you going to buy or not?"
This question, coming from the 'word-less scripture' (voiced by Mark Lee), has been asked so many times in Boris Boo's Greedy Ghost that it will literally be etched to the back of your mind, becoming the most memorable quote in the 92-minute film.
I guess it's also a form of misfortune to be asked the same question so many times that it becomes irritating. Our protagonist is really unlucky to have experienced this. Lin Dao Mei (Kang Kang), which sounds like "You're unlucky" in Mandarin, seems to be destined to have things go against him nearly all the time. Be it at work or at home, Lin gets into undesirable situations, like a cockroach entering his mouth while sleeping or destroying the precious remains of a deceased by accident while working as a grave digger.
With luck like this, Lin gets acquainted with a book that has blank pages except for one with Mark Lee's face on it. This isn't the ordinary blank notebook you can purchase from Popular bookstores. When the time is 'right', the book starts flipping its pages and shows 6 sure-win Toto numbers to whoever it wants its 'victim' (in this case only Lin) to see. Then the question comes out of nowhere and Lin eventually succumbs to its 'torture', turning into a greedy man who seeks wealth from the book regularly.
On the other hand, Lin's best buddies, Hui (Henry Thia) and Nan (Brendan Yuen), have also fallen into the clutches of greed. Nan steals the valuables in the coffin and shares the loot with Hui, who was reluctant at first. Both of them incur the wrath of a granny ghost and the story re-joins Lin's towards the end with a little twist that reminds us about Karma.
The granny in the coffee shop is exceptionally intriguing and easily outshines the leads; especially Brendan Yuen's when his character is nothing comical but annoying. He is the main reason why the story drags itself so painfully in the second half that one might simply advise him aloud to just return the damned necklace to the ghost, whether he likes it or not! The irk only adds up when we are again reminded that he has such a beautiful girlfriend, played by Jessica Liu, despite being a not-so-nice guy.
The number of scares in this Hor-medy (mix of horror and comedy) is kept at the minimum so it's pretty 'safe' to watch during the Ghost Month (Seventh Lunar Month). The most satisfying delight Greedy Ghost has to offer definitely goes to its guest appearance, featuring notable comedians like Irene Ang, Chua En Lai and Taiwan's NoNo!
Remember to stay through the credits for a special treat from Mark Lee! Then you decide whether to buy or not to buy!