Sunday, October 30, 2011

A Chinese Ghost Story (1987)

An unassuming young tax collector is seduced by the ghost of a beautiful girl after spending the night in a haunted temple, but the two are torn apart by the evil tree spirit that controls her soul. Together with the help of the Taoist swordsman Yen, Ning must gather the courage to defeat the ancient demon in order to free his love forever! A CHINESE GHOST STORY is one of the finest pieces of Hong Kong horror cinema, and Tsui Hark's crowning achievement within the genre. At its heart is a beautiful tragedy between two torn lovers, but on the surface, A CHINESE GHOST STORY is an action-packed horror comedy that takes influence from both East and West, including Sam Raimi's THE EVIL DEAD, Obayashi's HOUSE, and Hong Kong's own MR. VAMPIRE series. The shadowy temples and shrouded forests already set an eerie mood, but it is the superior cinematography that brings them to life as we follow the wolves and spirits that haunt the woods. Built upon these stunning locations are a number of incredible special effects, combining the high-flying acrobatics of the Chinese sword fighting film with flowing robes, mystical powers, and an enormous demon with a wicked tongue. For all of its style and visual grace, A CHINESE GHOST STORY is met with equally impressive performance by the entire cast. Leslie Cheung is playfully naive as Ning, who becomes easily enchanted by the beautiful Joey Wong as the ghost of Hsiao Tsing. A CHINESE GHOST STORY blends all of the most terrifying, exciting, and atmospheric elements of Hong Kong fantasy film making to produce one of the greatest unknown classics of the horror genre.

Rating: 10/10.

Movies like A CHINESE GHOST STORY:
MR. VAMPIRE, THE EVIL DEAD, KAIDAN, THE BRIDE WITH WHITE HAIR, UGETSU, HOUSE, VAMPIRE HUNTERS, GHOST STORY.

2 comments:

  1. Oh yes, the film is really very interesting. The effects are good and the history is also very entertaining. But best of all I like personally the third part, even if a little to exaggerated in contrast to the a little bit sombre predecessors is.

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  2. I am working my way through the series, I am becoming a huge fan of Hong Kong cinema between this and the MR. VAMPIRE series.

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