• Movie: A Chinese Fairy Tale
  • Country: Hong Kong
  • Release Date: Apr 22, 2011
  • Duration: 1 hr. 43 min.
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  • Score: 7.2 (scored by 198 users)
  • Ranked: #99999
  • Popularity: #5656
  • Watchers: 357

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A Chinese Fairy Tale
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The story takes place on an ancient mountain - Black Mountain, when a group of workers come to construct a road, causing the ancient spirits, ghosts and humans to enter into conflict. Rumors of spirits causing trouble prompt the workers to leave the mountain, leaving only a hardworking young man by the name of Ning Cai Chen, a strong believer of science to stay on to construct the road for the villagers. However, an incident in Ning Cai Chen's childhood is a memory he is afraid to recall - the sight of his father dying in the hands of an evil spirit.

Xiao Qian is a young leopard cat spirit eager to outshine the grand fox spirit to gain the respect of the powerful century tree spirit. She volunteers to get rid of Ning Cai Chen only to realize that they share an intertwined fate and finds herself saving him instead.

The old ghost hunter Summer Snow Wind Lightning sets foot upon the mountain to stop the spirits from creating mischief and to chase Ning Cai Chen off the mountain as he is afraid that the seal laid down on the mountain by his master will be destroyed. The spirit of Black Mountain will then be released and it will be catastrophic for mankind.

Filled with hatred, the Black Mountain Spirit seeks to take revenge on mankind and swears to kill all couples in love. Unwilling to give up, Ning Cai Chen asks Xiao Qian to take the last resort of grabbing the demon stick from Xia Bing' hand and destroying the Black Mountain spirit. Xiao Qian is faced with a difficult decision...
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  • Country: Hong Kong
  • Type: Movie
  • Release Date: Apr 22, 2011
  • Duration: 1 hr. 43 min.
  • Score: 7.2 (scored by 198 users)
  • Ranked: #99999
  • Popularity: #5656
  • Rating: Not Yet Rated

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May 29, 2017
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Overall 7.0
Story 7.5
Acting/Cast 8.0
Music 7.5
Rewatch Value 6.0
Tsui Hark's "A Chinese Ghost Story" or "A Chinese Fairy Tale" is undoubtedly a Hong Kong film classic, successfully blending some of its signature elements like action, exaggerated emotions and a vertiginous mix of various genres Like romance, comedy and horror. A reinterpretation of Hollywood classics.
The beginning is a bit of a turmoil, a hurried prologue but does not resonate in the context of the whole, where we have the novel condemned between the demon killer Yan Chi Xia (Louis Koo) and Nip Siu-Sin, or Xiao Qian (Liu Yifei) as she is more popularly known. Apparently, Cia Xia did not have the "courage" to kill Siu-Sin when the time came, instead, he erased her memory and freed her ...
Highlights such as fluid martial arts choreography and the impressive post-production visual effects show that the Chinese film industry may well handle CGI as competently as those made in Hollywood.
Unfortunately, in moments before this incredible climactic battle I fear is a! @ # $% Tedious, not thanks to a terrible script. Not only is the dialogue terrible and full of moments of unintentional humor, but there is also little characterization at a rather frenetic pace, but that is not enough to distract your audience from their flaws and repetitive scenes. More importantly, the romantic triangle also fails to take off, remains stuck in scenes that belong to a teenage fantasy film, those cute little novelties, the end also does not have the poignancy of the original.
Equally uninspired is the acting or rather the lack of it. "The Chinese Fairy Tale" is an ill-fated but not very successful novel however the exceptions, the film offers some welcome comic relief however these are little consolation for a film that never justifies its existence, pale in all The aspects to the classic of Ching Siu-Tong.

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