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During the Han Dynasty. Xiao Wei is a fox spirit who feasts on human hearts in order to maintain her lovely, youthful appearance. When General Wang Sheng rescues her from a band of Xiongnus and brings her home, trouble brews as the demon falls in love with the general, who is married to Pei Rong. (Source: Wikipedia) ~~ Adapted from the story “Painted Skin” (画皮) of the collection “Strange Tales from a Chinese Studio” (聊斋志异) by Pu Song Ling (蒲松齡). Edit Translation

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  • Country: China
  • Type: Movie
  • Release Date: Sep 26, 2008
  • Duration: 1 hr. 55 min.
  • Score: 7.5 (scored by 799 users)
  • Ranked: #5828
  • Popularity: #6372
  • Content Rating: Not Yet Rated

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5 people found this review helpful
Oct 18, 2013
Completed 0
Overall 8.0
Story 9.0
Acting/Cast 9.0
Music 8.0
Rewatch Value 7.0
I wanted to share the love. I don't know why the overall scores are so low. I absolutely loved this movie. For once, I didn't skip parts / fast forward anything. I didn't think it was slow paced at all! I would definitely recommend this to people who are in for a romantic story line.

STORY: It's a movie revolving around a fox spirit who wants the love of a mortal who "supposedly saved her life". However, this man is already in a relationship (and in love, very much in love) with another woman. I actually thought that because it's a mythical movie, there would be more visual effects, computer generated stuff floating around, but no. This movie stuck to the plot, and didn't do anything fancy schmancy which I really appreciated! I got confused at some parts like when Pang Yong was introduced. It wasn't until later on as the plot developed that I figured out what his relationship is to Pei Rong. But it was all good, it didn't really affect me watching the story. Though, the story was also kind of lame. Wang Sheng made a startling confession and I really want to know if it affects the relationship between him and Pei Rong but now I'll never know. Love in this movie is very.. pure, at least for Pei Rong. Of course, as a fox spirit, Xiao Wei is the personification of jealousy, but at the same time, her unwavering love for Wang Sheng can be quite touching.

ACTING: Well, not much can be said. Definitely loved the acting. Vicki Zhao is a talented actress. This is the first movie I've seen Chen Kun in and I am impressed. I always liked his acting since his role in The Conquest. Definitely stalking his roles now. I didn't like Betty Sun as Xia Bing though. Her role was a bit lacking. Xiao Wei was great but she only had a few expressions in this movie, and that's not much to base on. All in all, nothing in this movie can make you really cringe. It's an enjoyable movie to watch with the cast!

Didn't pay attention to the music much but I would definitely re-watch this sometime soon. It's a touching story, and a really romantic one at that. There's not a lot of lovey-dovey scenes but they make up for it at the climax! Really shipping Chen Kun and Vicki Zhao ~

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Grumpy Witch
6 people found this review helpful
Oct 26, 2011
Completed 0
Overall 5.0
Story 8.0
Acting/Cast 6.0
Music 6.0
Rewatch Value 1.0
I watched Painted Skin because I found the description of the story interesting and I love Chinese fantasy films. But this film doesn't have the usual brilliant colors I have come to love in other films of the same genre. The colors were darker which led me to believe, it would probably be a great action/horror film. So, I didn't let it stop me from watching.

The very beginning was interesting, so I was already thinking I was in for a treat, but ten, possibly 15, minutes into the film, I couldn't keep my eyes open. Yes, it was THAT slow! The best part of the film are the last 30-35 minutes of it.

Story: The story was interesting, I just wish they had done more with it. Or at least, made it more interesting.

Acting/Cast: It was sort of ok, but I didn't feel connected to them or like I cared about what was happening to them.

Music: It wasn't that great. There is one song which sounds beautiful, but the rest is not memorable.

Re-watch Value: I will not be re-watching this film in the near or distant future.

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  • Movie: Painted Skin
  • Country: China
  • Release Date: Sep 26, 2008
  • Duration: 1 hr. 55 min.
  • Content Rating: Not Yet Rated


  • Score: 7.5 (scored by 799 users)
  • Ranked: #5828
  • Popularity: #6372
  • Watchers: 1,618

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