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      A Chinese Ghost Story

      Released Feb 18, 1988 1h 38m Horror List
      70% Tomatometer 10 Reviews 86% Audience Score 5,000+ Ratings In this martial arts film, Ning Choi-san (Leslie Cheung), a traveling tax collector, takes shelter for the night in an abandoned temple. When he meets the lovely maiden Nip Siu-sin (Tsu-hsien Wang), Ning immediately falls for her. Unfortunately, Ning later discovers that she is a ghost who is forced to serve a cruel demon, and he resolves to save her from the evil spirit. Enlisting the aid of Taoist warrior Yin Chik-hsia (Ma Wu), Ning ventures into a supernatural realm to save Nip's soul. Read More Read Less

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      Walter Goodman New York Times The kick you get from all this will depend on how exciting you find explosive exhibitions of extraterrestrial exercises. Aug 30, 2004 Full Review Howard Waldstein CBR In this otherworldly fable of mythical proportions, the camera zooms and glides with glee, borrowing stylistically not just from xianxia, and wuxia, but Sam Raimi's Evil Dead. Jul 18, 2023 Full Review Mark R. Leeper rec.arts.movies.reviews Rated: 2/5 Jun 6, 2007 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 2/5 Jul 31, 2005 Full Review Andy Klein Los Angeles CityBeat Rated: 5/5 Jun 19, 2004 Full Review Nicolas Lacroix Showbizz.net Rated: 4/5 Nov 16, 2002 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member A true classic and masterpiece of asian cinema. This is the best version of the class liao zai story Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/23/23 Full Review s r 1001 movies to see before you die. This was weird. Cheese and at the same time martial arts and horror. I don't know where to start. I think the demon lady's tongue says enough to have it be chasing people around the house oozing juices all over their faces. Fantastic visuals, but a poorly told lame story. It was on Amazon. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review William L A unique blending of comedy, horror, action, and romance that feels like an offbeat parody of Mizoguchi's Ugetsu, A Chinese Ghost Story is a film bizarrely structured enough to get away with just about anything as its runtime progresses, alternating between unlikely love story, folklore-ish horror flick, and situational screwball film; you'll randomly get established Hong Kong regular Wu Ma giving a lively song-and-dance number in an abandoned temple, or a glimpse into a laughably corrupt local magistrate's court, but the film is designed to allow that sort of fluidity. No moment is sacred or free from ridicule, but at the same time it's not purely a comedy. A cult film and a surprisingly influential piece of Hong Kong cinema, this is a necessity for lovers of the comedy-horror and meta-horror genres even if it doesn't narrowly fit into either box neatly. (3.5/5) Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 06/02/21 Full Review cees t If this too-slow Evil Dead 2.5 is "Exciting outrageous Hong Kong cinema at its best!", at least i don't have to see the rest. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member What genre is this!?! Wonderfully unpredictable. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/01/23 Full Review bill t If I remember correctly,I wasn't wild about this when I first saw this when it came out, and, viewing it 30 years later, it's still not all that great. The love story is interesting, with the ghost and the human falling in love, but the action sequences are sometimes nonsensical, mixed in with references to Chinese symbolism or whatever. It still gets a bit of a meh from me. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis In this martial arts film, Ning Choi-san (Leslie Cheung), a traveling tax collector, takes shelter for the night in an abandoned temple. When he meets the lovely maiden Nip Siu-sin (Tsu-hsien Wang), Ning immediately falls for her. Unfortunately, Ning later discovers that she is a ghost who is forced to serve a cruel demon, and he resolves to save her from the evil spirit. Enlisting the aid of Taoist warrior Yin Chik-hsia (Ma Wu), Ning ventures into a supernatural realm to save Nip's soul.
      Director
      Tony Ching Siu Tung
      Producer
      Hark Tsui
      Screenwriter
      Kai-Chi Yun
      Distributor
      Facets
      Genre
      Horror
      Original Language
      Chinese
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Feb 18, 1988, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jul 16, 2020
      Runtime
      1h 38m
      Aspect Ratio
      Flat (1.85:1), 35mm