A Chinese Ghost Story (1987) - Action, Fantasy, Horror

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After a string of bad luck, a debt collector has no other choice than to spend the night in a haunted temple, where he encounters a ravishing female ghost and later battles to save her soul from the control of a wicked tree demon.

IMDB: 7.5
Director: Siu-Tung Ching
Stars: Leslie Cheung, Joey Wang
Length: 98 Minutes
PG Rating: N/A
Reviews: 2 out of 50 found boring (4%)

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I could watch this genre of Chinese movies all day, because they are highly entertaining, great visuals, and pretty much tongue-in-cheek.

The comedy is enjoyable without being laboured and there are lots of slapstick antics to help take your mind off the thin plot, which serves as a basis for lots of visual delights.

Where wonderful blue tinged night sequences, shrouded in an ever-present ghostly fog, are the breathtaking platform for our story to unfold.

Thoroughly entertaining mix of ghosts, comedy, romance, and wire-fu .

The story is engrossing and original.

It's an entertaining and genuinely likable movie which has something for everyone and offers all the exotic magic and fantasy you could want from an eastern movie like this.

That's a bit like complaining that Romeo and Juliet has a predictable ending and just copies WEST SIDE STORY.

), A Chinese Ghost Story is a completely unforgettable and thoroughly enjoyable experience from start to finish.

What is most enjoyable about the film is how they were able to link Confucian virtue with Buddhist scrolls and seals, (which have become heavily influential in pop culture, films, and even anime) with a romantic story well portrayed by the late Leslie Cheung and of course Joey Wong.

With superb direction from Siu-Tung Ching, excellent editing from David Wu, stunning cinematography, and a whole slew of imaginative special effects (including a humongous killer tongue, a many tentacled monster, and multiple flying heads!

If we went from realistic, human drama to over-the-top horror, the change in tone would feel very abrupt but since everything feels very over-the-top and unrealistic, it feels like you're just being immersed into the film's world.

I assumed from the title is was just going to a bog-standard ghost drama, in fact it was more than I expected, it combined fast-paced fight sequences with some massive monsters and weird sorcery, it was both exciting and darkly funny, an interesting and likable martial arts comedy horror.

With stunning visuals - along with some Evil Dead inspired shots, to great comedy - the brief skit with Leslie Cheung and his rock-hard bread is perfect in setting up what kind of laughs you should expect - director Ching Siu Tung delivers one of his greatest movies, as well as one the most loved in Asian cinema...

It has everything a movie should have-beautiful cinematography, great cast, engrossing storyline and some very good fights.

The final showdown is specially breathtaking and the music score is kinda cool.

Drums, bells and guitars pound away over the action sequences to great effect, but it's in the slower, achingly romantic pieces that it comes into it's own.

It is such relationships that I find enjoyable.

This film is very funny, thrilling, romantic, erotic and scary.

The pyrotechnics were ho-hum and the final battle is about as dull as you can get.

His character is fascinating throughout as his motives are very opaque and confusing throughout and we don't really know how to feel about him.

This influential classic of the Hong Kong fantastic cinema is one of the most pleasing I've watched from that country, a funny, fast-paced, atmospheric and exciting romp through a haunted world which expertly mixes together a tragic love affair (between man and ghost, a theme that has swamped Chinese cinema ever since this hit first came out), some fine martial arts swordplay, horror and expertly-played comic relief to the hilt.

However, it turned out to be better executed in terms of being entertaining.

And yes, the production values of this one are pretty shoddy, with laughable claymation monsters and action that is often choppy and murky, but this is still terrifically entertaining.

Her portrayal of the tragic Hsiao Tsing is stunning.

) at the heart of Chinese GHOST STORY lies a simple and moving love story, made all the more real by the outstanding acting talent of Leslie Cheung (what a tragic, tragic waste of a life!

This movie definitely makes it to my top 5, and should be enjoyable to every movie lover.

Two decades later, and this amazing movie still remains one of the finest examples of its genre that I have seen—a sumptuous, breathtaking masterpiece that brilliantly blends horror, comedy, fantasy and romance.