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A Chinese Ghost Story (1987)

Sien nui yau wan (original title)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Lip Siu Sin (as Tsu-hsien Wang)
Ma Wu ...
Wai Lam ...
Hsia-hou
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Zhilun Xue ...
Ching
Jing Wong ...
Judge (as Jing Wang)
David Wu ...
Secretary Chiu (as Dawei Hu)
Ha Huang ...
Boss at Tavern
Yau Cheung Yeung ...
Charm Seller
Mei-Yee Sze ...
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Kam Chiang ...
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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 round its victims and sucks out their life essence (or 'yang element')... Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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18 July 1987 (Hong Kong)  »

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$5,600,000 (estimated)
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

Quotes

Yin Chek Hsia: Today's a good day in hell. They must've got Tsing back.
Ling Choi Sin: Old Evil is coming to collect the bride.
Yin Chek Hsia: Scholar, it seems we've to storm hell!
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Referenced in Entourage: Chinatown (2005) See more »

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Cinema at its best
20 November 1998 | by (Kassel, Germany) – See all my reviews

This is cinema how it should be. A great and funny story. Great direction and actors. The fight scenes against the demon were the best choreographed that I've ever seen. Music, photography and editing were top notch but unfortunately this film was overseen at the Academy Award nominations. Unfortunately I've watched this movie only on television. But the film must be seen on the biggest screen you can find in a cinema.


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