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Sien nui yau wan (A Chinese Ghost Story)

Sien nui yau wan (A Chinese Ghost Story) (1987)

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Legendary Hong Kong producer/director Tsui Hark and filmmaker Ching Siutung combine forces in this high-flying supernatural romance classic. Ning Caichen (Leslie Cheung) is a lowly tax collector who takes refuge for the night at the spooky Lam Ro temple. There he encounters and promptly falls in love with a beautiful ghost named Nie Xiaoqian (Joey Wang). Unfortunately Xiaoqian is damned to serve the evil hermaphroditic tree spirit Lao Lao, who (thanks to an extraordinarily long tongue) feasts on

Sep 12, 2000

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Fantastic mix of comedy, horror, and romance.

September 2, 2002
Sun Newspapers of Cleveland

One of the classics of the Chinese fantasy genre. required viewing for any fan of Chinese cinema.

August 8, 2002
KJB
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Audience Reviews for Sien nui yau wan (A Chinese Ghost Story)

A naive young scholar is seduced by a beautiful spirit and joins forces with a retired swordsman to return her remains home and free her soul for reincarnation. Produced by prolific Hong Kong director Tsui Hark, A Chinese Ghost Story contains all of his usual crowd pleasing ingredients of frenetic swordplay, slapstick and songs with an added dash of romanticism to create a comic supernatural pantomime that's heavy on over the top set pieces and light on narrative. It's a deeply silly excuse for exploding zombies, pretty girls flying around on wires and flurries of martial art violence that owes obvious debts to western films such as Evil Dead 2 and Poltergeist, presented with a more Eastern flavour. The characterisation is a blend of the usual HK action stereotypes and the plot next to non-existent, but it's all done with an innocent charm and sense of fun that stops it from descending into the cheap and nasty. Subtle it most certainly is not and technically speaking it's a bit of a mess, but the heroes are very likeable, as are the amusingly slapdash effects and the surreal finale set in the ghostly realm is visually inventive and fun.
August 1, 2012
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This is an odd movie that blends horror and slapstick humor quite efficiently, though the musical numbers are embarrassing and the ending is a bit frustrating. An entertaining and very funny supernatural romance that offers great special effects and plenty of style, especially in the martial arts scenes.
December 8, 2011
blacksheepboy

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Leslie is brilliant in this film. He died too young.
July 6, 2007
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