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Ning Tsai Shen, a humble tax collector, arrives in a small town to carry out his work. Unsurprisingly, no one is willing to give him shelter for the night, so he ends up spending the night in the haunted Lan Ro temple. There, he meets Taoist Swordsman Yen Che Hsia, who warns him to stay out of trouble, and the beautiful Nieh Hsiao Tsing, with whom he falls in love. Unfortunately, Hsiao Tsing is a ghost, bound for all eternity by a hideous tree spirit with an incredibly long tongue that wraps itself around its victims and sucks out their life essence (or 'yang element'). (Source: IMDb) Edit Translation

  • English
  • 中文(台灣)
  • Polski
  • magyar / magyar nyelv
  • Country: Hong Kong
  • Type: Movie
  • Release Date: Jul 18, 1987
  • Duration: 1 hr. 38 min.
  • Score: 7.6 (scored by 354 users)
  • Ranked: #4875
  • Popularity: #10446
  • Content Rating: Not Yet Rated

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Bajie
6 people found this review helpful
Jan 12, 2018
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Overall 10
Story 10
Acting/Cast 10
Music 10
Rewatch Value 10
What can I say, another classic of Chinese folk movies. Beautiful music, expressive landscapes and atmospheres, lovable characters, humorous and tragic at the same time. Of course it may have its faults but, they are irrelevant stuff. I like a lot how humour and tragedy are mixed and also find all the amosphere very well achived, even with the technology they had in those years, its even better than some of the new CGI effects used nowadays. Also the music is a mix of traditional chinese music and some modern sythethizer pos stuff, so the sound environment is also very well chosen. I hope directors these days get more influence of how you can make a beautiful movie with few money, relying in good acting, good moral and philosofical folk story, good music and landscape.

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Pupusa
1 people found this review helpful
Jan 1, 2023
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Overall 8.5
Story 7.0
Acting/Cast 8.5
Music 10
Rewatch Value 7.0
A movie low on plot and character, but high in visuals and style. There was a raw yet dreamlike quality about it, making it work beautifully as a mood piece.

This was the age before CGIs, so the production team got very, very creative. Watch for the tree demon and underworld battle sequences. These scenes were designed not just to wow, but to look as realistic as possible. This was exactly the kind of special effects that can withstand the test of time.

The acting was good all around. Leslie Cheung was, as always, a natural. Next to him, Joey Wong seemed to be trying a little too hard, but she was beautiful nonetheless. The love story was much too rushed and shallow for me. The comedic scenes were pure genius and more than made up for it. That outrageous Taoist rap had me laughing so hard I nearly fell off my chair.

You can't talk about this movie without mentioning Leslie's rendition of the theme song. There will never be anything quite like it. And there will never be anyone quite like Leslie Cheung.

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  • Movie: A Chinese Ghost Story 1
  • Country: Hong Kong
  • Release Date: Jul 18, 1987
  • Duration: 1 hr. 38 min.
  • Content Rating: Not Yet Rated

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  • Score: 7.6 (scored by 354 users)
  • Ranked: #4875
  • Popularity: #10446
  • Watchers: 657

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