Sien nui yau wan (A Chinese Ghost Story)

1987

Sien nui yau wan (A Chinese Ghost Story)

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67%

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Total Count: 9

86%

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Movie Info

A student takes shelter in a nearly deserted temple where he meets and falls for a beautiful girl that is possessed by one of the many ghosts inhabiting the building. A poignant romance with moments of humor result in a climactic battle for the girl's soul.

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Critic Reviews for Sien nui yau wan (A Chinese Ghost Story)

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Audience Reviews for Sien nui yau wan (A Chinese Ghost Story)

  • Nov 30, 2011
    An odd, entertaining and very funny supernatural romance that blends horror and slapstick humor quite efficiently, with great special effects and a lot of style, even though the musical numbers are pretty embarrassing and the end is a bit frustrating.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 25, 2011
    A Chinese Ghost Story or "The Eternal Spirit of a Beauty" is a Hong Kong romantic comedy horror film starring Leslie Cheung, Joey Wong, and Wu Ma, directed by Ching Siu-tung, and produced by Tsui Hark. Loosely based plot on a short story from Qing Dynasty was developed into amazing screenplay. Ning Choi-san is a little bit dorky tax collector whose job requires him to travel to rural areas. Arriving at a town he is forced to seek shelter in a deserted temple in the forest on the outskirts because he did not have money to afford lodging at the town. That night in the temple, Ning meets a beautiful and alluring young maiden called Nip Siu-sin and falls in love with her. However, when he later recalls last night's events the next day, he becomes increasingly fearful and superstitious because a Taoist told him that the people he saw at the temple were ghosts. That night, he returns to the temple to spend his night there and confirms his theory that Nip is actually a spirit... In memory of the late Leslie Cheung, director Ching Siu-tung and producer Ng See-yuen re-released the film in theatres across mainland China on April 30, 2011. According to press release, the film was digitally remastered from the original negatives and six months were spent on the remastering. In addition, premieres took place in both Beijing and Shanghai. Ching Siu-tung, Ng See-yuen and Lau Siu-ming were present. However, Wu Ma and Joey Wong, who were invited, did not attend the premiere. Ching Siu-tung had difficulty tracking down Joey Wong and had to contact her through her family in Taiwan. He received a telephone call at the last minute from Wong's father, stating that the actress was in poor health and not in good condition to attend the premiere. Wong's father also quoted her daughter saying that acting in the film was her best memories. In Chinese cinematography this movie is a classic... even with a really bad animation of some of the scary parts, I could understand that... I enjoyed the good and some really bad acting, but that is acceptable when we understand the concept of this art work and the tradition of Chinese acting which was used in this case in its best and sometimes not its best form. Watch it as a part of a history... it's worth it... but some of you could be disappointed...
    Panta O Super Reviewer
  • Oct 20, 2010
    some interesting moments, and fun moments make for a entertaining time in this fantasy martial arts horror
    scott g Super Reviewer
  • Dec 03, 2007
    This is one of the most pioneer film that beautified Chinese ghost. It became the foundation as a ghost-man love affair classic thereafter. Every character--from the Taoist ghost buster's unforgetable singing, and the comely ghost lady who hides in umbrella; the 1,000 years old tree momo to the weak but kind-hearted bookworm--is simply bravo!
    Jojo S Super Reviewer

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