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While essentially a remake of the original Chinese Ghost Story, this third installment has higher production values and greater subtlety in both the acting and the story. Tony Leung is particularly good. CGS III is a gorgeous, moving film.
The visuals and effects are up to par with the the original film and provide a lot of entertainment even if the storyline is essentially the same as the first two films. It also seems a lot more erotically charged than I remember the other films being. If you're a big fan of flying prehensile hair and tongues that can reach all the way down into your stomach, you'll like this film.
If the movies are to be believed, Chinese ghosts are much prettier and more mischievous than their Western counterparts. The storylines of the three 'Chinese Ghost' films are largely identical, but the direction is excellent and the detail and colour is such that it's not a huge problem. As always, humour is an integral part of the film, accompanied, of course, by a great deal of mugging. For those who haven't encountered the 'Chinese GhostStory' trilogy yet, this film offers an interesting departure from the Western horror/ghost genre; for those who have, another enjoyable romp in the Chinese ghost world.
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This is the third, and to date final, installment in the Chinese Ghost
Story saga. I do not know if there are going to be any more made, but
Des Mangan seems to think that by this one the story is being stretched
at little thin. There is little that I can say about this one that I
have not said about the other two, but I will talk about this movie
Chinese Ghost Story 3 has a very similar plot to number one. At the end of number one, the tree demon was defeated but was laid to rest for 100 years. Now 100 years have passed and a new generation walks the earth. The characters have changed, but the tree demon is still there. She awakens, gets some more ghosts, and begins her terror anew. This in essence the plot returns to that of the first movie.
The second movie digressed a lot because it dealt with a wider area and a greater evil, but Chinese Ghost Story was not really about ghosts. This movie returns to the ghosts, but there is a slight difference in the characters. In this movie, the main character is a Buddhist Monk traveling with his master. They find shelter in the temple and the master learns that there are demons about. While the master is out, a ghost comes into the monastery and attempts to seduce the young monk, but she fails as the monk has vowed to refrain from the pleasures of the world. The monk goes to kill the ghost, but decides to set her free. The ghost, Phoey, live a life, and death, or decadent slavery and prostitution. She had never know love or friendship, and is surprised when the monk shows this to her.
The monk is similar. He never had a family and was brought up by the master to reject the world and focus on the spiritual. The monk is a bit of a bumbler and is constantly breaking things and getting him and others into trouble. The one thing is that he learns to love and to care of Phoey, and the conflicts between these two characters is what this movie focuses on.
In essence, this movie does not let down on the Hong Kong action, nor does it let down on those cool effects, like people flying everywhere. My friend Joanne Chong, who also watches Hong Kong movies, says she doesn't like these dark movies with people flying around, but I personally think that they are great.
This is the second sequel of the iconic and fantastic Hong Kong ghost
fantasy, A Chinese Ghost Story. This time, Buddhist Bai Yun (Shun Lau)
and his disciple Fong (Tony Chiu Wai Leung) try to transport a golden
Buddha idol across town, getting themselves hounded by thieves and then
taking shelter at the haunted Orchid Temple. There, Fong encounters
Lotus (Joey Wang), a female ghost at the evil bidding of the Tree Devil
(Siu-Ming Lau), awakened 100 years after the events of the first film.
This sequel's story is more in line with the original film, having a traveling leading male character meet a beautiful female ghost at the Orchid Temple, who's spirit is binded by the evil Tree Devil. But, this movie is still fresh nonetheless, with it having a fast-paced plot, chock full of crazy magic spells and action sequences, seductive and spellbinding female ghosts, hair-raising demons and non-stop adventures. There is also a touch of humor, drama and romance, following the tradition of the previous two films. The female lead is once again played by Joey Wang. Although a different character, the ghost she plays in this sequel is a touching throwback to the first film; Wang portrayed all three different characters from each of the three movies with ease, charm and uniqueness.
This film has another beautiful music score composed by James Wong and Romeo Diaz and crazy special/visual effects galore! The acting by another memorable cast was great, albeit a tad goofy sometimes. And, the breath-taking scenery and period costumes were a treat - very colorful and vibrant. Hats off to Producer Hark Tsui and Director Siu-Tung Ching for putting together such an awesome and timeless trilogy in all three films! Overall, this sequel holds up well on its own. Like the first sequel, this film does not surpass the original Chinese Ghost Story (some scenes are rushed, some drag on too long a bit), but is still very entertaining and fun - one of the greatest sequels I've seen.
It's this sort of movie that you try and imitate. By attempting to realise
something... then flying through the air almost immediately. I'd like to
that and I know you would too!
Following the great HK tradition of sequels, this is the third (and last) in line. Made four years after the original, it's not a bad film, with some big shoes to fill, but the storyline by now is predictable as. Also, only one person from the original cast! However Tony Leung is very charming as the monk who is finding himself falling in love, and Joey Wong is again ethereal as the ghost. Well, it's a fair attempt but the magic's gone.
Chinese Ghost Story III is a totally superfluous sequel to two excellent
fantasy films. The film delivers the spell-casting special effects that one
can expect, but fails painfully on all other fronts. The actors all play
extremely silly caricatures. You have to be still in diapers to find their
slapstick humor even remotely funny. The plot is predictable, and the
development is sometimes erratic and often slow. Towards the end, the movie
begins to resemble old Godzilla films, including shabby larger-than-life
special effects and a (well, yet another) ghost with a Godzilla head. Maybe
I would have grinned if I was expecting camp.
It is astonishing to see what trash fantasy fans have to put up with - in this case because somebody thought they could squeeze a little extra money out of a successful formula. They won't be able to do it again: the cash cow is now dead as a dodo.
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