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Painted Skin: The Resurrection (2012)


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An ancient fox spirit embarks on a diabolical quest to become human after escaping an icy prison, and becomes bound to a disfigured princess who seeks the love of a noble guard as her kingdom crumbles in this lavish supernatural epic. Confined to a frozen cell for centuries, malevolent fox spirit Xiaowei (Xun Zhou) regains her freedom and seeks to preserve her beauty by seducing men and consuming their hearts. Should a man offer her his heart willingly, Xiaowei will become mortal, breaking free

Nov 13, 2012


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Blindingly gorgeous to look at and exceptionally well acted, at least by the women.

August 16, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Times
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The whole thing can be hard to follow, but the energy (and pulchritude) of the cast make it a perfectly fine bit of popcorn escapism.

August 14, 2012 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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More breathy outbursts from wronged lovers and strange pseudo-sexual and homoerotic encounters than a late-night soap opera, matched with a visual style that points to a level of artistry and invention that even western cinema struggles to match.

September 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Shotgun Critic
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Embodies a knack the Chinese have perfected in blockbusters, still leaving similar US fare far behind. That is, how to combine the exquisitely crafted imagery of poetic, leisurely paced arthouse elegance, with fast forward blunt action in a movie.

August 26, 2012 Full Review Source: Long Island Press
Long Island Press

An epic feast for fans of Chinese fairy-tale movies, from the stunning visuals to the surprisingly complex relationships.

August 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

A vaporous, watered-down frappe of a fantasy epic.

August 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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Audience Reviews for Painted Skin: The Resurrection

Wuershan brings the demons to a fairy-tale in Painted Skin: The Resurrection.As this picture can be mostly seen as a sequel in title only to its predecessor, Painted Skin, the story is more than adequate to stand on its own. The pacing isn't exactly a whirlwind as it does slow for a bit, which ends up pushing the movie out past 2 hours, but there is enough material to see it through to the end.The CG gets by, not necessarily top of the line, and it is used in abundance. The action, on the other hand, is limited and is left behind in the dust.Zhou Xun, Zhao Wei, and Kun Chen all return from the first film, although the latter two are completely different characters. Watching Zhou Xun and Zhao Wei take this film by the reigns is a pleasure. Yang Mi and Feng Shaofeng also have some amusing side characters.Painted Skin: The Resurrection seems like it relies on CG effects, but don't underestimate its story.
September 19, 2012
JY Skacto

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I read about Painted Skin: The Resurrection months back and a trailer that got me interested in seeing it, but had to wait for it release in the US. Now that I finally got my copy of the film I could say it's one of the most beautiful way a love story has ever been filmed and captured it so strongly.

Painted Skin: The Resurrection plot is better left not summarize into a simple a sentence. It's an experience that requires the audience to suspend all disbelief in order to enjoy it. It contains an interesting lore on demons, a captivating love story involving demons, and enough set pieces to ravel any major blockbuster. I have to say I have not seen the first Painted Skin, but that didn't prevent from enjoying this any less. What makes this romance story interesting as it unfold is how it shot. Breathtaking photography is always on screen making one visually mesmerizing experience. The attention to detail on the sets as well the costumes are worth noting. It helped me become immerse in the movie in such way I was taken out of my reality. The special effects are well done and it's nice to see CG not used as a mean for explosions or giant robots. The acting is spotless from all of it actors. I particularly enjoyed Xun Zhou who manages to be seductive as a demon without resorting to nudity. I do have a minor complain about some of the actors being underused. My favorite being the very funny Ming Yang who didn't have a major role in the movie, but that's just a small complaint. The great production values and effort put into this film far outweighs any negatives one would have with this fantasy film.

Painted Skin: The Resurrection is an interesting as a romance story can get in the fantasy genre. It offers beautiful visuals to go along with an great plot that will have anyone hook on it.
December 18, 2012
Caesar Mendez

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Yesterday, I finally had time to go to the local cinema and see Painted Skin: The Resurrection, (simplified Chinese: 画皮II) and now I understand why this movie had the highest grossing opening of a local film. This action and fantasy movie is not something with lot of fighting scenes but doesn't lack excitement - on contrary! Unreal cinematography and amazingly effortless looking directing of Wuershan with some of the best performances of the leading actors Chen Kun, Zhao Wei, Zhou Xun, Yang Mi, Feng Shaofeng, Fei Xiang and Chen Tingjia will make you remember this art work for years to come! I haven't seen the 2008 film Painted Skin and I heard that this is officially not a sequel but most of the original cast is reunited. I am glad that happened, after watching their performances.


One suggestion - do not watch this on anything but the best possible digital quality! Its photography is so superb that you'll miss an exceptional out of this world experience if you watch pirated copy (readily available in China).

Very entertaining, some people said over-long fantasy (I watched 130 minutes version which is 10 min longer than the official and I didn't have complaints) with performances which are outstanding. Director's style and technique smoothly carry a script that delivers to the max. My favourite was Wei Zhao who could express cold mixed seductive from her eyes without a word - I haven't seen this from the time of the silent movies! This must be her most remarkable performance ever.

Definitely a "must" to see!
July 10, 2012
Panta Oz

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