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A Chinese Ghost Story (1987)

Hong Kong 98m, Colour
Director: Ching Siu-tung; Cast: Leslie Cheung, Joey Wong, Wu Ma, Lau Siu-Ming

A Chinese Ghost Story offers an outrageous combination of horror, romance, comedy, song and a story set around a haunted temple, a flying swordsman, zombies and an enormous malevolent tongue demon. The story centers on weak-willed tax collector named Ning Caichen, falls in love with Nie Xiaoqian – a most alluring and ethereal looking woman who he discovers is a reluctant wandering spirit who must lure travelers to their deaths. In the case of Ning, she makes an exception, as he, with the help of a flying Taoist Priest, attempt to bring peace to her spirit so that she can be reincarnated. Visually, the photography, art direction and choreography are beautifully staged and are combined with hilarious horror elements which have the look and feel of John Carpenter’s Big Trouble in Little China (1986) (Klaus Ming January 2011).

 

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This entry was posted on 01/31/2011 by in 1001 List, 1980s, All and tagged .
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