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Sien nui yau wan (1987)

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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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 »

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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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One of the greatest Hong Kong films ever
30 October 2003 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

This film is without a doubt one of the greatest films to come from Hong Kong and is one which I saw on late night TV during a Chinese film season, so I have fond memories of it. Wu Ma is fab as the rapping Taoist monk, Joey Wong is gorgeous as the ghost (I would be the first in line to be seduced by her) and Leslie Cheung is great as the bumbling tax collector. And who could forget the hilarious looking Lau Siu Ming as the transvestite tree demon. This film is very funny, thrilling, romantic, erotic and scary. Every scene looks great and the main theme song and the haunting love song are unrivalled. This film is a great tribute to the late, great Leslie Cheung who's recent suicide shows the world the acting talent we will miss.

I would rate this film 10 out of 10.


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